Ozzie Guillen

Could baseball's sign-stealing scandal lead to a manager's job for Ozzie Guillen?

Could baseball's sign-stealing scandal lead to a manager's job for Ozzie Guillen?

Will baseball's sign-stealing scandal have a silver lining for a South Side legend?

Three teams whose managers were caught up in the scandal are suddenly without skippers just a month away from the start of spring training: the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox and New York Mets. The Astros' practice of stealing signs and relaying them to players on the field during their championship season in 2017 led to the firings of A.J. Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran, creating three high-profile job openings.

January managerial searches aren't common, for obvious reasons, and while any or all of the teams in the market for a new manager could go about it as a regular search — potentially sticking with baseball's trend of young, inexperienced guys at the helm — there's a good argument to be made that an experienced skipper would be best to slide into that position this late in the offseason calendar.

There has been no shortage of suggested candidates, but one was conspicuously absent from an extensive list discussed on MLB Network, an experienced manager with a World Series championship on his resume. And that former manager was happy to point out the omission.

Guillen hasn't managed since 2012, after his one-year tenure leading the Miami Marlins came to an end. But he obviously turned in a legendary managerial career on the South Side, guiding the White Sox to a World Series win in 2005 and winning nearly 700 regular-season games during his eight seasons as skipper.

While the always outspoken Guillen does not exactly fit the trendy mold of an inexperienced manager with a close relationship to the front office, he's undoubtedly been successful running a major league team. That experience could prove valuable for any of the three teams that have seen their cultures get blown up in recent days.

Swooping in at the last minute to provide a steady hand for an organization in crisis isn't the typical way to land a long-term gig, and people with personalities like Guillen's are disappearing from managerial roles and the game, in general.

But the Astros, especially, as well as the Red Sox and Mets, to lesser degrees, are capable of winning. Guillen knows a thing or two about winning, and these front offices might want to keep that in mind as they're looking to fill these surprise vacancies.

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Crosstown quiz: Which player or manager are you?

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Crosstown quiz: Which player or manager are you?

Ever wondered which Crosstown player or manager you are most like?

With the Cubs and Sox ready to renew their rivalry June 18-19 on NBC Sports Chicago, this quiz is your chance to find out: 


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Ozzie Guillen to Adam Eaton amid beef with Todd Frazier: 'Nobody liked you in a White Sox uniform'

Ozzie Guillen to Adam Eaton amid beef with Todd Frazier: 'Nobody liked you in a White Sox uniform'

The ongoing drama involving former White Sox teammates Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier continues to captivate the baseball world.

And now Ozzie Guillen has weighed in.

Let's run this back to Monday night, when Eaton and Frazier — now NL East division rivals playing for the Washington Nationals and New York Mets, respectively — got into an on-field chirp fest. It wasn't the first one of those they've gotten into since heading east, either.

Eaton was dealt after the 2016 season in exchange for Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning. Frazier was traded to the New York Yankees in the middle of the 2017 season and then signed with the Mets ahead of the 2018 campaign. So they were only teammates for a year, but they didn't seem to get along then, either, leading to what several have reported as a fight between the two that ended with Eaton's locker moving to a far-off corner of the White Sox clubhouse.

Though they talked without tempers flaring prior to Tuesday night's game in Washington, it doesn't seem that absence has made their hearts grow fonder. After Monday's on-field incident, Eaton said this:

Then Frazier responded like this:

Then Eaton retorted like this:

Meanwhile, back in Chicago, the fact that this started with the White Sox made it a topic of White Sox conversation, and Guillen, in his role as NBC Sports Chicago analyst, presented Eaton with a hard truth.

"I can say one thing about it: Eaton, nobody liked you in a White Sox uniform, in the clubhouse. OK?" Guillen said on Tuesday night. "That's what I know. I'm just being honest."

Ouch. Here's the full clip:

This latest drama has allowed for reflections on how Eaton and Frazier's feud played a role in a clubhouse that experienced more than its fair share of undesirable incidents — including the Drake La Roche saga and Chris Sale cutting up throwback jerseys — and helped lead to the White Sox current rebuilding project. (Hey, that's a good idea for a White Sox Talk Podcast!)

But everyone's talking about this NL East feud that has roots on the South Side. It's only fitting a South Side staple like Guillen would have his own take.

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