MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has confirmed that he will be the next manager of the Miami Marlins.
“Weird to be in miami in this time but very happy ready to go,” Guillen wrote on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.
Guillen has sent out tweets about being in Florida again. The move comes quickly on the heels of current manager Jack McKeon announcing Monday he was retiring at the end of the season.
Late Monday, The Chicago White Sox parted ways with controversial manager Ozzie Guillen. ESPNChicago.com is reporting that Guillen was traded to the Marlins for two minor-league players.
The Marlins have declined to comment on the published reports, but they have also not denied the reports, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.
Guillen is no stranger to the Marlins franchise. He was the third-base coach the last time the Marlins were relevant during their 2003 World Series run. If Guillen has indeed been acquired, he’ll be the fourth Marlins manager since 2010.
Guillen led the White Sox to the World Series several years ago, but has compiled only a 678-617 record as a manager. Since 2007, three of his teams have finished the season under .500.
Guillen has been the jewel in the eye of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria for a long time. The Fish tried to acquire him during the offseason, but couldn’t agree on compensation with the White Sox.
The White Sox had wanted Logan Morrison in exchange for Guillen during the 2010-2011 offseason, but the Marlins wouldn’t trade the young star.
According to FoxSports.com, the Marlins interviewed three candidates on Monday in order to comply with Major League Baseball regulations for hiring new managers.
Guillen has also been a lightning rod of controversy during his stint with the White Sox. He had a memorable blow-up with star hitter Magglio Ordonez, who eventually left the team.
He also had a long-standing feud with former writer Jay Mariotti. The two exchanged words that saw Guillen say about Mariotti, “He’s garbage, still garbage, going to die as garbage.”
Guillen was also suspended for two games in 2004 for disputing an umpire call in which he allegedly spat tobacco juice on the ump. Guillen’s punishment was doubled when he alleged that the ump lied in his game report.
Guillen reportedly told the ump, whose father is also an umpire, “You’re not even a pimple on your daddy’s ass.”