Why Ozzie Guillen Needs to Leave the Marlins and Go into Television
Ozzie Guillen's tenure as manager of the Miami Marlins is not going to go down in history as a memorable chapter in his career. More likely, it will be a forgettable pit stop for a coach or manager, akin to Rudy Tomjanovich coaching the Lakers, Mike Ditka heading the Saints and Jim Leyland managing the Rockies.
Guillen won the 2005 World Series with a Chicago White Sox team that didn't have a Hall of Famer on its active roster (Frank Thomas was injured), no Cy Young winners and no MVPs. Only the 2002 Angels have won it all without a future Hall of Famer, MVP or Cy Young.
But as I wrote in a previous Bleacher Report article, his off-the-field antics and clashes with the front office could prevent him from ever getting another managerial gig.
His blowups were so common that Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com once ranked his best rants. And that was four years ago!
Ozzie's loss could be our gain. He can work the rest of his life on television. Wouldn't baseball be better for it?
Ozzie Guillen needs to be on TV.
He's outspoken. He is unafraid to say his opinion. (His opinions seemingly come out of nowhere.) And his commentary can go in directions you can't imagine.
What question from a reporter led to him praising Fidel Castro last April? His rant against Magglio Ordonez in Playboy was so good that men could say with a straight face that they were reading the magazine for the article.
Put that personality in a clubhouse and it could be lethal. Put it on camera with a nice suit and it suddenly becomes gold.
What should Ozzie Guillen do next?
And the longer he stays on the air, the fainter his failure in Miami will become. John Madden never left the booth and his years away from the game made his stature as a championship coach grow.
If Guillen needs an example of why the television life is for him, he should look north to Boston.
Bobby Valentine was tailor-made for television. He was a cocky know-it-all with a strange but distinct voice. He was not afraid to criticize players and let his views be known.
It made for compelling television.
His managerial success seemed to be enhanced while he worked as a broadcaster. He never won a ring, but he did lead the Mets to the pennant. He was considered a great managerial mind in Japan, much like how David Hasselhoff is thought of as a great rock star in Germany.
Like Ditka with the Saints, Valentine made the mistake of leaving the booth and returning to the dugout. The Hindenburg-like result in Boston might have destroyed his credibility in both the managerial office and on the air.
Guillen can avoid the former by going to TV and staying there. In fact, most networks would encourage him to Tweet and say outlandish things.
Call some people in Bristol, Ozzie. It is time for your closeup.
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