According to a recent SI poll of 380 basbeball players, Lou Pinella and Ozzie Guillen have been voted the two managers that players would least like to play for.
That is very suprising to me, especially Guillen. I may not be a Sox fan, but I don’t hate Ozzie. Now let me say that players could not vote for their own managers, so these numbers are not coming from the two managers’ players.
What this is pretty much stating is that Chicago has the two worst managers in the league according to the players.
And you can add this to Lou Pinella’s bad week. He has been critized for having lost his “fire”, and was forced to apologize to Milton Bradley. On the other hand, Ozzie Guillen has always been a “different” manager. He has been criticized for some tactial stuff but overall it seems like his players and Sox fans both adore him.
Both teams are underplaying preseason expectation. The Cubs currently have a 36-38 record, and are four-and-a-half games out of first. The Sox currently have a 39-38 record, and are four games out of first. But records don’t seem to have swayed the players who voted. There are plenty of other teams with bad records, but their managers did not make the top five, not even the Nationals’ manager Manny Acta!
To me this was a huge shocker. I would have never guessed Chicago has the two least liked managers. I am sure both Cubs and Sox fans will also be shocked.