There was speculation throughout the entire 2011 season that manager Ozzie Guillen was planning on taking his talents to South Beach prior to the '12 season. Rumors about the White Sox manager came and went, and before you knew it, so did the Sox chances at a postseason appearance.
The White Sox had just two games left on their '11 schedule, but the team didn't wait to play the last of its 162 games before GM Kenny Williams traded Ozzie Guillen to the soon-to-be Miami Marlins. Ozzie got what he wanted all along in his move to Miami, and now the White Sox need to fill the shoes of the manager who managed the team for eight years.
The outspoken Guillen did more than just speak his mind during his tenure on the South Side. He lead the White Sox and its loyal fans to, most notably, a 2005 World Series championship, which was the organization's first championship since 1917. In addition to a ring, Ozzie won 677 games, two division titles and he had five winning seasons.
It can't be forgotten that professional sports are more than entertainment. They are a business above all else. Even though Guillen had an abundance of success as White Sox skipper, the organization had to assess what success he brought the organization recently. And with that being said, Williams decided to ship Guillen from the South Side to South Beach for a couple of minor league players.
Here is a list of the four most likely candidates for the White Sox manager job.