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Ozzie Guillen Replacement: Best Option for Chicago White Sox is Sandy Alomar Jr.

Tom Firme@TFirmeAnalyst IISeptember 28, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 13:  First base coach Sandy Alomar, Jr. #15 of the Cleveland Indians watches from the dugout prior to the game against the Kansas City Royals on May 13, 2010 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Sandy Alomar Jr. is the best candidate to replace Ozzie Guillen as manager of the Chicago White Sox.

Kenny Williams announced on Tuesday that he had been considering possibilities for some time and has already narrowed his list down.

That list includes Alomar—currently the first base coach for the Cleveland IndiansBoston Red Sox manager Terry Francona and Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez.

Although Alomar doesn't have the coaching experience that Francona and Martinez have, he would nonetheless have an easy transition to head coach.

Alomar has great eyes for the game. During his playing career, Alomar—one of the great catchers of his time—called as good a game as any catcher in history. He understood pitchers very well and was keen from his early MLB years through the end. Even in his twilight with the White Sox, pitchers such as Mark Buehrle would prefer him to the starter.

Alomar's deep understanding of the game should put him on a good track as a manager. He should be able to transition well into the position. Also, he would have a strong ability as a strategist.

Having played for the White Sox, Alomar understands the nature of the organization. Also, he is well acquainted with the news media. The experience would be a bit helpful for him, although not a determining factor, as well as for Martinez, who played three seasons with the White Sox.

Francona would also have an understanding of the Chicago news media environment, since he played a year with the Chicago Cubs.

However, Alomar would be a good change of pace from Guillen. He is a calm character, as opposed to Guillen who is fiery and outspoken.

Alomar was a candidate for the Toronto Blue Jays manager position last year. According to Steve Stone, he had impressed the Blue Jays front office despite losing the chase to John Farrell.

White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf Will Have Some Say

Also, Alomar would be the predictable Reinsdorf hire. Reinsdorf, for both the White Sox and Chicago Bulls, is the type to favor the less expensive, more unconventional hire. Guillen and former Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro are two who fit this description.

While Reinsdorf would leave Williams some degree of discretion, Williams will need to present his candidates to Reinsdorf. Reinsdorf would eliminate Francona because of the price tag.

Williams said on Tuesday that he won't make the decision until close to the World Series—or perhaps even after the World Series—since either Francona or Martinez will be coaching in the playoffs.

Williams seems to have his cards in order.

Alomar should be the choice to fill out lineup cards next season for the White Sox.