Mon., Nov. 3
Hiring Ozzie Guillen was a great move for the Chicago White Sox.
In baseball, there are a couple of key positions that allow players to develop into good managers -- catchers and shortstops are at the top of that list. Although they're not calling the pitches, shortstops are in charge of defensive positioning and alerting teammates of the pitch called and how to shift accordingly.
There's a lot involved in becoming a three-time All Star shortstop and Guillen will bring that knowledge to the managerial position.
Being the third-base coach for the World Series-winning Florida Marlins certainly garnered Guillen additional attention, but he's just one of those guys who makes a good impression no matter where he goes. And he's been a part of the White Sox organization for so long. Heck, I remember playing against him in the minor leagues. So, he not only has roots within the organization, but within the community as well.
More than anything, Guillen will bring a ton of enthusiasm to a ball club that last year, didn't look as if they were having much fun. Guillen has a great attitude and certainly knows how to lighten things up.