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Every once in a while Ozzie Guillén lips get in front of his mouth. Or better said, he has a tendency to speak before he thinks. As a major baseball league manager for the Florida Marlins, most folks believe that Ozzie knows what he is saying and says what he wants for a reason.
The former shortstop from Venezuela has been in the big leagues as a player and manager since the time of President Ronald Reagan. Known mostly for his sincere passion about the game, Guillén – as the skipper for the Chicago White Sox – became the first Latino manager to hoist a World Series trophy. In 2005, the Chicago White Sox beat down the Houston Astros in a four game sweep.
The tongue that Venezuela generated has got him into some hot water with the suits at MLB headquarters. In recent times he applauded the accomplishments of Fidel as he took over the reins of the Florida Marlins in 2012. After his publicist recovered from the pulmonary shock and advised his client of the potential fallout, Guillén applied his shortstop gymnastics and recanted that obvious slip up and degraded Castro as if he was an error prone right fielder. The league still hammered the apologetic manager for a five-day penance away from his team.
In 2006, Guillén – for unspecified reasons – decided against joining the World Series winning club to the traditional White House pat on the back. He has labeled one of the Second City's sports columnist a “fag” - later apologizing to the gay community – but not to Jay Moriati. He has voiced his opinion about the guiled treatment of far east Asian players vis-a-vis Latinos, noting that Latinos have never been provided translators as part of their assimilation while players brought in from Japan always get one.
His playing career covered 1985 through 2000. Guillén was a stalwart for the Chicago White Sox before returning as a manager. He also suited up for the Orioles, Braves and Devil Rays as a player during his waning years. His managing experience included stints with the Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins before the Chicago White Sox.