Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Ozzie Guillen wants extension
By Doug Padilla
CLEVELAND -- With 10 days remaining before he leaves on vacation for Spain, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen reiterated his desire to be clued in about his future before he departs.
"I hope I do," Guillen said when asked if he would like to know from chairman Jerry Reinsdorf whether or not he will be around after 2012, when his current contract ends.
"I know my switch will be off right away (when the season ends), because I don't want to spend time with my wife thinking about baseball and thinking about the future," Guillen said. "The future, only two Gods know: Jerry's God and the real God. They know if my future is here or somewhere else."
Guillen said on Aug. 31 that despite a disappointing season, he believes his nearly eight years as White Sox manager deserves some clarity on whether or not he will be back after 2012. Because he doesn't want to be a lame-duck manager, he said he won't come back next season if he doesn't get an extension.
When Guillen first said he needed to know his fate by the season's end it sounded like a firm deadline. But on Tuesday he seemed willing to work beyond that date.
"As soon as I go home I will leave (on vacation) but when I come back we'll talk about it," Guillen said about a next-best scenario if he doesn't have closure before his Spain trip.
Several key players, most notably Adam Dunn and Alex Rios, have had poor seasons. Guillen's decision to go with a six-man pitching rotation also has been questioned.
"At the end of the day, it doesn't matter," he said. "You had a losing season. That's all that matters. A lot of people have to look at themselves in the mirror from the top to the bottom to see if we did the right thing with this ballclub this year."
Guillen also reiterated that he is not above blame for what happened with a White Sox team that was supposed to challenge for a division title and headed into the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader five games under .500 (74-79).
"A lot of people suffered here from the top to the bottom," Guillen said. "(Did) we do the right thing with this ballclub this year? I can take the blame. I don't make excuse because they give me a good ballclub. Why we don't play well is people's opinion. We didn't play way we should and I take blame with that."
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.