Ozzie Guillen has been skipper on the South Side of Chicago for seven years.
His career as a manager was met with quick and early success. By 2005, his club drenched an 88-year drought by winning the World Series.
Guillen, however, has always been controversial and remains so today.
Only one thing is left to say, enough is enough.
It is time for Guillen to exit.
Ozzie’s colorful personality has always brought about memorable moments, whether Sox fans want them or not. His game managing skills have been no worse than half of the leagues’ managers.
What brings Ozzie’s tenure in Chicago into question is his off-field antics.
The Chicago skipper has made headlines for his remarks about a wide range of topics.
In 2006, he made critical statements about Alex Rodriguez and his inability to decide which country to play for during the World Baseball Classic. Also in 2006, Guillen inappropriately referred to a then Chicago sports writer, Jay Mariotti, as a derogatory name for a homosexual.
Last season, Guillen became a clear clubhouse distraction when he feuded with GM Kenny Williams. Guillen took offense to having his son drafted in later rounds by the White Sox GM, when a year earlier Kenny Williams Jr. was drafted in early rounds.
What Ozzie failed to realize were the reports of White Sox scouts recommending Williams Jr. to be selected as high as he was drafted, even amidst worries and arguments by Williams Sr.
Now with the 2011 season at hand, the White Sox find themselves without Jake Peavy come opening day, since Peavy has been diagnosed with shoulder tendinitis. He attempted to facilitate his recovery from a torn shoulder labrum surgery too quickly.
It became clear to everyone during Spring Training that he was forcing his return to the mound too quickly.
The fact of the matter is Guillen is the boss. He allowed Peavy to push and so the blame then falls in his lap.
Most fans will admit to being amused by Guillen’s colorful antics. One such example is when he used to motion for the “big boy” when calling Jenks out of the bullpen.
However, his attitude has been a problem for the Sox one too many times and now this time it has cost them an opening day starter.
Foolishly, the White Sox gave Guillen an extension; however, I still believe it is time for the skipper to depart Chicago.