Ozzie Guillen's last Sox homestand?
CLEVELAND -- Ozzie Guillen is looking at what could be his last homestand as manager of the Chicago White Sox.
The club hosts the Kansas City Royals Friday to start a six-game home stretch to close out a disappointing season, and Guillen is holding strong with his decision to come back next year only if he gets an extension that takes his contract beyond 2012.
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"I don't want to think about it that way," Guillen said about possibly managing only six more games for the White Sox. "When you're managing, you come every day to the ballpark and that could be your last day, especially the way we played this year. But no, I come with the same approach.
"If I come back, I come back. If not, I don't. I don't lose sleep with that. ... We think about it, yes, because I have family and I have to see what's going on."
Guillen originally said he wanted to know where he stands before he leaves on vacation to Spain Sept. 30. This week he said he is prepared to work on his status after he returns, which could be before the World Series if he is asked again to be a pregame and postgame analyst on the Fox Network broadcast.
Guillen understands it's not the best timing to be asking for an extension in the midst of a season when his club is 76-80. But he believes his eight years with the White Sox have earned him the right to not be a lame-duck manager next season.
An extension also would help his coaches know their status. None of the White Sox coaches is signed through next season.
"But in the meanwhile, whatever happens it will be the best for me," Guillen said. "Come back or not, that's what God got for me, I guess. That's my destiny. I'm counting on being back, but it's a lot of things in the air. We have to get it done and see what happens."
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.