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Ozzie Guillen is a baseball strategist in every sense of the word. While his style of “Ozzie ball” brought home the pennant in 2005, his over-management and aversion to statistics proved detrimental to the White Sox success the past couple seasons.
Sometimes it’s good to rest a slumping player. Sometimes a sacrifice bunt is unwarranted. And sometimes righty-righty, lefty-lefty matchups are simply wasting a bullpen arm. Guillen’s stubborn approach to the game has shown success in the past, but it’s also failed quite a bit, too.
Guillen is going to truly push the envelop strategically with the Marlins in 2012, a team that led baseball in sacrifice bunts last season.
While it’s good to not always go with what the numbers say, Guillen cannot recreate a situation like last year where he stuck with DH Adam Dunn in the third and fourth lineup slots for 112 games.