The baseball world seems to have a love-hate relationship with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. He’s honest, and we all like honesty. Or, at least we pretend to like honesty. But he’s also loud and somewhat egotistical, and maybe even a little crazy.
Guillen let loose on Saturday when asked about his future with the White Sox and whether he had any interest in heading to the north side of Chicago next season. Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times has the goods.
“If [owner] Jerry [Reinsdorf] don’t want me, yes,” Guillen said. “My position was I would
never sign another place and leave the White Sox for the Cubs because of
the respect for Jerry. But if Jerry is leaving me? I not leaving them,
they are leaving me. Then, I have a choice to make. Everything is out
there. As soon as you get divorced, you are free to do whatever you want.”
Guillen made sure to explain this his “first, second and third” choice would be to remain with the White Sox. But he wants a commitment from the team and the speculation that he might be let go has clearly found its way under his skin.
The White Sox will miss the playoffs this year for a second consecutive season. Still, our guess is that he stays. Reinsdorf likes him, general manager Kenny Williams likes him, and players seem to enjoy playing for him. Plus, it’s not like the White Sox were completely out of contention all year. The Twins simply ran away with the division crown down the stretch.
Everyone knows that Giancarlo Stanton is now a New York Yankee. Everyone knows the Marlins traded him to New York. Most people also know that, before that trade happened, the Cardinals and Giants had deals in place for Stanton that he rejected via his no-trade clause. Now, for the first time, we get some real flavor of how all of that went down from Stanton’s perspective, courtesy of this profile of Stanton’s eventful offseason from Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated.
The best part of it comes when Derek Jeter and Marlins president Michael Hill had a sit down with Stanton while the Giants and Cardinals offers were pending. In that meeting, Reiter reports, Stanton was told in no uncertain terms that he’d either accept one of those deals or else he’d be stuck in Miami while the roster was dismantled. Stanton responded thusly:
“This is not going to go how you guys think it will go,” Stanton said. “I’m not going to be forced somewhere, on a deadline, just because it’s convenient for you guys. I’ve put up with enough here. Derek, I know you don’t fully understand where I’m coming from. But Mike does. He’s been here. He can fill you in. This may not go exactly how I planned. But it’s definitely not going to go how you have planned.”
Even adjusting for the likelihood that it wasn’t put quite as smoothly as that in real time as it was in Stanton’s recollection of it to Reiter, it’s still pretty badass. Stanton had the power in that situation and he did not blink when the club threatened to call his bluff. In the end, he got what he wanted.
Beyond that, it’s a good profile of Stanton as he’s about to begin his Yankees career. Definitely worth your time.