Ozzie Guillen: 5 Players You'd Love to See Have to Play for Him
As one of baseball’s most fiery and animated managers, Ozzie Guillen has a reputation for saying whatever is on his mind. Whether or not it’s about a player, umpire or any situation, Guillen has entertained us all in recent years with his remarks.
After signing on to be the new Miami Marlins manager, Guillen already inherited one of baseball’s most audacious players in Hanley Ramirez. Ozzie and the Marlins then acquired Jose Reyes and Carlos Zambrano, who could rival Ramirez in ranking some of baseball’s most arrogant players.
In what will surely prove to be a season full of entertainment in Miami, here are five players you’d love to see Ozzie manage.
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Milton Bradley has built a reputation as one of the biggest headaches in all of baseball over his playing career.
After playing for eight various teams, Bradley has had several run-ins with different coaches, players, umpires and media members. Famed manager Lou Pinella exchanged some heated words with Bradley which resulted in a suspension.
Bradley has also suffered a major injury while being held back from another former manager during an altercation with a first base umpire.
Pinella has a very fierce personality when it comes to showing his emotions on the field. Guillen is a similarly styled manager who surely would not back down to Bradley.
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This is a player that would not take much convincing to get Ozzie to agree to manage.
In perhaps the worst trade in franchise history, the Marlins shipped Cabrera to the Tigers as part of a multi-player deal, none of the players the Marlins received in that trade still remain on the roster.
Cabrera has had his fair share of off the field issues to go along with his All-Star career. He was arrested on suspicion for drunk driving last year, an incident which Guillen was quoted in saying he felt bad for Cabrera and hoped he could learn from it.
There are no doubts that Cabrera is one of the game’s best offensive players and the Marlins organization would give anything to have that trade back.
Guillen and Cabrera would certainly be one of the games most entertaining player-manager duo if they were on the same team.
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Another player whose on the field production can’t be argued over the course of his career.
Manny has built a reputation of various off the field issues that include failed drug tests that have led to several suspensions.
“Manny being Manny” has found it’s way to being a league-wide term of just being foolish, ranging from skipping visits to the White House, high-fiving a fan after running down a fly ball or his surprise retirement from the Rays last season after failing another drug test.
After declaring that he wanted to return to baseball this offseason, Ramirez signed with the A’s soon after Yoenis Cespedes agreed to terms with the team.
The Marlins were heavily courting Cespedes, but were spurned last minute.
Even though the team showed no interest in signing Ramirez, it would have been a ton of fun to see “Manny being Manny” being managed by Ozzie Guillen.
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There are few players that are hated more by the Marlins fan base than Nyjer Morgan.
After a home plate collision with former Marlins catcher Brett Hayes that separated Hayes’ shoulder, the team decided to throw at Morgan the follow game. The pitch resulted in Morgan charging the mound and creating a bench-clearing brawl between the Marlins and the Washington Nationals.
After being ejected, Morgan received thunderous boo’s from the home Miami crowd as he left the field.
It would be interesting to say the least to see how Ozzie Guillen would handle a player as seemingly uncontrollable as Nyjer Morgan.
Needless to say, it would also be amusing to see the reaction of the Marlins' fan base if Morgan ever became part of the team.
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The Marlins got one of the more livelier personalities and closers in baseball when they signed Heath Bell this offseason.
A player who may top the craziness that Bell portrays is Giants' closer Brian Wilson.
Known best for the “Fear the Beard” slogan during the Giants World Series playoff run, Wilson has had several other public stunts. He wore a pair of spikes during the 2010 MLB All-Star game that resulted in a fine. Wilson also arrived to the ESPY Awards wearing a spandex tuxedo.
As a player who's not afraid to stick out like a sore thumb in a public setting, Ozzie Guillen would be the perfect manager for Wilson.
Any time Guillen would call for the right handed reliever, you would almost be guaranteed some sort of entertainment between the two.