Pierzynski: Guillen needs right fit
Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski says Ozzie Guillen, fired by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, wants to manage in the major leagues again, but warns that only certain teams can be the right fit for his opinionated former manager.
SVP & Russillo
White Sox C AJ Pierzynski relays his experiences playing against the division rival Tigers and discusses his time with former manager Ozzie Guillen
"I know he wants to work again," Pierzynski said Wednesday on "SVP & Russillo" on ESPN Radio. "I talked to him; I consider him a friend of mine and we talk. I don't think he saw this coming. I thought that he would get at least one more year, but he still wants to manage I'm sure, and I'm sure he will find an opportunity somewhere. But it has to be the right fit for Ozzie because I don't know that every place is the right place for Ozzie Guillen to be manager."
After a 69-93 season, good for last in the NL East, the Marlins fired Guillen one year into a four-year deal, and they owe him $7.5 million. That makes Pierzynski wonder if Guillen will rush back into the dugout if the opportunity is there.
"He is employable, just the question is how soon he wants to have a job," Pierzynski said. "If you had three years and whatever he has left on his contract would you run out and be a big-league manager with all the pressures and all the things that go along with it? I don't know."
Guillen's first season in Miami got off to a rough start when he was suspended five games by the team for comments he made in a magazine article praising former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Disappointment followed on the field for the Marlins, who went on an offseason spending spree before their first season in a new ballpark only to see their high expectations fizzle.
Guillen ended his eight-year run with the White Sox at the end of last season when he left for the Marlins, who traded two minor-leaguers as compensation. Pierzynski spent seven of those seasons in Chicago with Guillen, and he said players must know what they're getting in Guillen as manager.
"If you're a young guy and you're not secure with where you're at and you're not 100 percent sold, he can beat you down a little bit," Pierzynski said. "He's very ... opinionated as everyone knows, and he'll say things and if you're not able to handle that ... he's not always going to pat you on the back which is fine. ... It does take a certain type of guy, but for someone like me and some other guys that played for him we knew that going in, we knew what we were getting, and we learned what to listen to and what to kind of just let go in one ear and out the other."