Friday, February 3, 2012

"Short Term Stops", #3: Ozzie Guillen

1998 Upper Deck #652 Ozzie Guillen (Orioles)

A lot of people forget that Ozzie Guillen wasn't a lifelong White Sock (or Sox?) during his playing days. He actually played for a few teams after his days as a White Sox shortstop were over.

Guillen signed with Baltimore in January of 1998, after spending the previous thirteen years on the south side of Chicago. 

His stint as an Oriole would last just 12 games, as he'd be released in May of the same year. He only collected one hit and finished with a .063 batting average in Baltimore. Needless to say, it was an unspectacular stint.

He'd sign with the Braves five days after his release and would play all of the '99 season in Atlanta. He'd finish up his career with the Devil Rays in 2000.

Obviously, "Ozzie" has gained notoriety as a "you either love him or hate him" manager in the last few years. I personally don't know how I feel about him. He definitely knows the game of baseball, but he lets his emotions get in the way of his managing all too often.

I wish Ozzie the best in Miami this year.

Who knows what we'll see between him and Big Z?


William Regenthal said...

So weird to see him in an O's uniform. I don't think I've ever seen it actually.

Hackenbush said...

No one gives interviews like Ozzie. No one.