Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen yells prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
The Marlins manager has a long list of incidents, many profane, that got him in trouble while he was managing the White Sox.
So I thought this would be a good time to review some of the other times Ozzie has gotten himself into trouble with his mouth (or keyboard); sooner or later, his luck is going to run out, and he'll be out of work. He's been a survivor since he was hired as White Sox manager in 2004; here, then, the Best of Ozzie. (And yes, I know this isn't a comprehensive list; that would have taken three or four times the space of this article.)
After Cubs catcher Michael Barrett and White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski got into a brawl at US Cellular Field following Pierzynski's barreling into Barrett on a close play at the plate, Cubs pitcher Rich Hill called Pierzynski's act "gutless". To which Ozzie responded:
Tell that Triple A [bleep] to shut the [bleep] up. Tell him to start throwing some strikes or he's going to get Dusty fired."
Actually, that one's pretty funny. If Ozzie had stuck to funny, we wouldn't be having this discussion today.
Ozzie called Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti by a homosexual slur; he was forced to apologize, was fined, and had to take sensitivity training. (The latter apparently didn't work, based on some of Ozzie's comments to come.)
Ozzie got into it with Chicago radio host Mike North. Profanity was involved:
Mike North: "How ya' doin Ozzie?"
Ozzie: "Aw, shut the f___ up."
Ozzie: "I know you like A.J. ..."
North: "Ozzie, wait we're on the radio. I know you think we're just having a conversation, but we're on the radio."
Ozzie: "I'm trying bulls___ every damn day,"
North: "Hey, Ozzie clean up your mouth. Don't talk go talking down to somebody, you understand me."
Ozzie: "Why you talking on the air?"
North "...that's my job, to find out what's going ...to to find out what AJ thinks...yeah, you'd better hang up the damn phone."
No fines or suspensions were issued for that one.
Ozzie's son Oney resigned from his White Sox job as a video technician after a flap regarding some of the younger Guillen's tweets. Later in the year Oney, no longer a team employee, fired off more tweets criticizing Kenny Williams and supposedly causing more tension between Williams and Ozzie Guillen and also called former White Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks a "punk" on Twitter.
Asked why he was thrown out, Guillen said: "Because he's a [expletive], that's what he is. I just went out to ask him. I wasn't asking about the balk because you're not allowed, anytime you go out there to ask about balk or whatever. The thing I went out to ask him about was why he was embarrassing Buehrle. I'm not going out to argue about the balk because of the rule, but I went out to ask him why he's embarrassing Buehrle, and he gives me one of this [dismissing him with his hands]."
Guillen was fined $7,000 for these and other comments regarding this incident.
Rumors flew that Ozzie and White Sox GM Kenny Williams almost had a fistfight. What caused that?
The Chicago Sun-Times quoted a source that said Guillen and Williams had a heated confrontation that almost came to blows.
Williams was upset about hearing that Guillen had said the White Sox shouldn't have drafted Guillen's son Ozney Tuesday in the 22nd round of baseball's amateur draft. Guillen said at the time he would pay his son $50,000 not to sign with a team at that low of a draft slot just to make sure he went to college instead of signing. Ozney Guillen has a scholarship at South Florida.
Williams and Guillen had many disagreements; some of them had to be moderated by White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. (Incidentally, that's a different son of Ozzie's than the one who caused the various Twitter flaps.)
Ozzie went on a long rant about how he felt Latin American players were discriminated against by MLB:
"Very bad. I say, why do we have Japanese interpreters and we don't have a Spanish one. I always say that. Why do they have that privilege and we don't?" Guillen said Sunday before Chicago played the Oakland Athletics. "Don't take this wrong, but they take advantage of us. We bring a Japanese player and they are very good and they bring all these privileges to them. We bring a Dominican kid ... go to the minor leagues, good luck. Good luck. And it's always going to be like that. It's never going to change. But that's the way it is."
The White Sox organization issued a statement refuting Guillen's claim:
"The White Sox do not agree with the assumptions Ozzie made in his comments yesterday," the organization's statement read. "Major League Baseball and the White Sox provide a number of programs to help our foreign players with acculturation, including English language classes and Spanish language presentations related to the risks of and testing for performance-enhancing drugs. The team also has Spanish-speaking staff assigned to serve as liaisons for our Latin American players.
"Ozzie may not have been fully aware of all of the industry-wide efforts made by Major League Baseball and its clubs to help our players succeed in the transition to professional baseball, no matter the level of play or their country of origin."
Ozzie was responsible for an official review of MLB policy on social media after firing off several tweets following an ejection in Toronto:
Senior vice president of baseball operations Peter Woodfork confirmed Thursday that MLB has not had to deal with a player, coach or manager sending out social media messages while a game was still in play, and there is no standard policy on how to discipline the action.
MLB's rules state that all social media messages -- Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc. -- must stop 30 minutes prior to the first pitch. Messages can resume after the game at the individual club's discretion. Getting ejected from a game does not exempt an individual from those rules.
Ozzie stopped tweeting during games and followed the rules after that.
So Ozzie's latest comments, although new to Miami fans and media, are quite familiar to Chicagoans. Guillen got himself quite a bit of slack because he brought a World Series championship to Chicago, but he might not have the same amount of rope in Miami, especially since we are only four games into his first season there. The best advice he could probably get right now is to keep his comments to baseball, and maybe only on the game that was played that day.