Oswaldo José Guillén Barrios (; born January 20, 1964) is a Venezuelan
former professional baseball
player and manager
. He played in Major League Baseball
as a shortstop
for 16 seasons, primarily with the Chicago White Sox
, from 1985 to 2000. During that time, he won the American Rookie of the Year Award and also a Gold Glove. He was considered one of the best defensive shortstops of his era. Guillen later managed the White Sox from 2004 to 2011 and then the Miami Marlins
As a player, Guillén was respected for his passion, speed, hustle, intensity and defensive abilities and his ebullient love for the game.
In 2005, Guillen became the first Latino manager in major league history to win a World Series
when he captained the Chicago White Sox
to their first championship in 88 years.
Guillén was a light-hitting
, quick-handed shortstop, emerging from a line of Venezuelan shortstops that included Chico Carrasquel
, Luis Aparicio
(both White Sox players), Dave Concepción
, and Omar Vizquel
(who played for Guillen as a utility player
for the White Sox). He was originally signed as a free agent
by the San Diego Padres
In December 1984, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox as part of an eight-player trade, with Tim Lollar
, Bill Long
and Luis Salazar
in exchange for LaMarr Hoyt
, Guillén received both the American League Rookie of the Year
and ''The Sporting News'' Rookie of the Year
awards, becoming only the third rookie shortstop in major league history to win a fielding title. He became known for his daring, aggressive style of play, as was demonstrated on August 2, 1985 in a game against the New York Yankees
With the game tied 5–5 in the 11th inning
, Guillén hit a two-out single
and, then proceeded to steal second base
When the next batter hit an infield single
, Guillén never hesitated as he rounded third base
, catching the Yankees defense off guard and scored the game-winning run
In 1989, Guillén was the victim of a hidden ball trick
twice. First on June 23 when Greg Brock
tagged him out when Guillén, the runner at first base, took his lead, and then had to dive back to the base on a pick off throw from the pitcher. Brock held the ball instead of throwing it back to the pitcher, and when Guillén took his hand off the base to stand up, Brock tagged him out. On August 5, Dave Bergman
made the same play, holding onto the ball following a pick off throw. Guillén again dove to the base to beat the throw, and when he took his hand off the base to stand up, Bergman tagged him on top of the batting helmet without looking at him.
On April 21, 1992
, Guillén suffered a severe knee injury in a collision with outfielder Tim Raines
. The injury caused him to miss almost the entire season, and subsequently diminished his defensive range as well as his stolen base
output for the remainder of his career.
Guillén recovered in 1993
with his most productive season offensively, posting a .280 batting average
, and career highs with 4 home run
s and 50 runs batted in
, as the White Sox won the American League Western Division
He hit .273 and scored 4 runs in a losing effort, as the White Sox were defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays
in the 1993 American League Championship Series
In October 1997
, after 13 seasons with the White Sox, Guillén was granted free agency status and signed a contract to play for the Baltimore Orioles
In May 1998
, the Orioles released him and he signed with the Atlanta Braves as a utility infielder
He helped the Braves
win the 1999 National League Championship Series
against the New York Mets
with a 10th inning
, pinch hit
single in Game 6 of the series that tied the score at nine runs apiece, as the Braves went on to win the game and the series. The Braves would eventually lose to the New York Yankees
in Guillén's only World Series
appearance as a player. After playing one year with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2000
, he retired as a player at the end of the season at the age of 36.
In a sixteen-year major league career, Guillén played in 1,993 games
, accumulating 1,764 hits
in 6,686 at bats
for a .264 career batting average along with 28 home runs, 619 runs batted in, and an on-base percentage
Guillén was an All-Star
in 1988, 1990–1991, and won the Gold Glove Award
He led American League shortstops twice in range factor
, once in assists
and once in fielding percentage
Guillén's .974 career fielding percentage ranks him 40th overall among major league shortstops, ahead of both Luis Aparicio and Dave Concepcion. While he was considered one of the best fielding shortstops in the American League, Guillén was often overlooked in post-season fielding awards because his playing career coincided with that of Tony Fernandez
, Cal Ripken, Jr.
, and later Omar Vizquel
. This trio would win every American League Gold Glove for a shortstop from 1986 until 2001, with the one exception being Guillén's 1990 season award.
Guillén ranks among the White Sox all-time leaders in games played
, and at-bats
. As a hitter, he was known as a free swinger, posting one of the highest at bats
ratios in major league history and also had one of the lowest on base percentages for many of the years he played.. Guillén played his entire Venezuelan Winter League
career with Tiburones de La Guaira
Chicago White Sox
Following his playing career, Guillén coached
for the Montreal Expos
and the World Champion Florida Marlins (now known as the Miami Marlins
) in 2003
before he was hired in the offseason to replace Jerry Manuel
as the White Sox manager
. He received a standing ovation from the crowd of 37,706 Chicagoans when introduced before his first game as a manager at U.S. Cellular Field
on April 13, 2004
. On May 30, 2005
, the White Sox extended Guillén's contract, making the move while the team had the best record in the majors (33–17).
In 2005, he led the White Sox to their first American League pennant
, and their first World Series
win since 1917
with a 4-game sweep of the Houston Astros
. Guillén claimed that he might retire after the 2005
season should the White Sox win the World Series, but at the parade celebrating the World Champions he received cheers from the fans when he announced he would indeed return to manage the next season. The White Sox picked up the 2006
option on his contract, added two more years and included an option for the 2009
season. In November, Guillén was voted the 2005 American League Manager of the Year Award
by the Baseball Writers' Association of America
On September 4, 2009, Guillén won his 500th game as manager of the Chicago White Sox as the White Sox defeated the Boston Red Sox
by a score of 12–2. Guillen has publicly stated that he feels the 2003 steroids
list should be released to the public.
Personal difficulties with White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams
led to speculation dating back to October 2010
that the White Sox would allow Guillén out of his contract to manage the Marlins. On September 26, 2011
, an inability to get a contract extension worked out with the White Sox eventually led to his being released from his position, with the White Sox retaining the right to receive compensation should Guillén manage in the 2012 season. He finished with a record of 678 wins and 617 losses.
On September 28, 2011, the Miami Marlins
introduced Guillén as their new manager.
replaced Guillén as manager of the White Sox. The Marlins sent Jhan Mariñez
and Osvaldo Martínez
to the Chicago White Sox
as compensation for the hiring of Guillén by the Marlins, as Guillen had one year remaining on his contract with the White Sox.
The Marlins were expected to contend in their first year in their new park
. However, an 8–18 June effectively ended their season, and they finished 69-93, their worst season since the start of the century. On October 23, 2012, Guillen was terminated from the Marlins, despite three years remaining on his contract, after making some inflammatory comments about Fidel Castro
In February 2016, Guillen was hired to manage the Tiburones de La Guaira
of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League
for the 2016–17 season.
Guillén joined ESPN Deportes
in 2013, where he has worked as baseball color analyst and talk show panelist. He is currently a studio analyst for NBC Sports Chicago before and after White Sox games.
Guillén married Ibis Cardenas in 1983. They have three sons: Ozwaldo "Ozzie" Jr. (born 1985), Oney (born 1986), and Ozney (born 1992).
Ozzie Jr. was born in Las Vegas, Nevada
; his two younger brothers were born in Venezuela. When Ozzie Guillen turned 42 in January 2006, he, his wife, and son Oney became naturalized U.S. citizens
. Ozzie Jr. is the lead Spanish-language broadcaster on the White Sox radio network.
He is also the brother-in-law of former White Sox teammate Scott Radinsky
Guillen is known for being somewhat eccentric and outspoken, which sometimes lands him in the middle of controversy. He declined to join in the traditional visit to the White House
after the 2005 White Sox World Series win.
In June 2006 he was quoted as calling ''Chicago Sun-Times'' columnist Jay Mariotti
. He later apologized for offending any LGBT people, but did not back down in his criticism of Mariotti.
In 2010, he spoke against Arizona's new law to deal with illegal immigration
. Guillen described illegal immigrants as "workaholics." "And this country can't survive without them," he said. "There are a lot of people from this country who are lazy. We're not. Prove me wrong. A lot of people in this country want to be on the computer and send e-mails to people. We do the hard work. We're the ones who go out and work in the sun to make this country better."
In August, Guillen said that Asian players were treated better than Latino players, stating that while it is common practice for major league clubs to provide a Japanese or Korean translator for their Asian born players, no such translator is provided for their Spanish-speaking Latin American ballplayers.
On April 10, 2012, Guillén was suspended for five games by the Marlins due to comments made about former Cuba
n president Fidel Castro
. In a ''Time
'' interview Guillen said, "I love Fidel Castro ... I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 3
years, but that mofo is still here." The fallout from those comments was a major factor in his ouster after the season; according to Marlins baseball operations chief Larry Beinfest
, the Marlins' attendance flatlined after those remarks and never recovered, although the Marlins actually reached over two million fans in attendance that season (the third and so far last time that has happened for the Marlins).
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