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The calls for Ozzie Guillen to return as the White Sox skipper will go unanswered as long as Jerry Reinsdorf owns the team. 

The chairman made that crystal clear in his interview with USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday:  

I feel very badly for him. Ozzie is a good manager. I’ve recommended Ozzie for several managerial positions that opened up, but his experience in Miami was costly.

I hope he ends up somewhere. He can help somebody. He just can’t come back here. He burned some bridges when he left here.

Guillen presided over the 2005 World Series team and compiled 678 wins in his eight seasons on the South Side, but he was a habitual line stepper, to quote the late Charlie Murphy. 

The former manager was a consistent adversary to then-GM Kenny Williams, who now fills the executive vice president role on the South Side. Their arguments often spilled over into the media, painting an ugly picture of their relationship.

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Ozzie's filter-free approach followed him to Miami, where he was the manager for one season. There, he made the mistake of saying that he "respected Fidel Castro," which didn't exactly thrill a city with a large Cuban population. He was fired at year's end. 

 

As for a possible return to the Sox, the shouts were deafening towards the end of Robin Ventura's term -- mostly because of the contrast between Ozzie's get-in-your-face personality and Ventura's calm demeanor. But with Rick Renteria leading the young team, they've quelled to a certain extent. 

"Ozzie Ball" won't be returning to Chicago anytime soon.