Chicago, IL (March 20, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - has announced Chicago White Sox legend & 2005 World Series champion/’05 American League “Manager of the Year” OZZIE GUILLEN (@OzzieGuillen) will be joining the network as a game day studio analyst on “White Sox Pregame Live presented by Aurelio’s Pizza” & “Subaru White Sox Postgame Live” beginning this MLB season. The announcement was made by Kevin Cross, Senior Vice President/General Manager, NBC Sports Chicago.
Guillen’s first appearance as the network’s new White Sox studio analyst takes place on Opening Day (Thursday, March 28), as the White Sox travel to face the AL Central rival Kansas City Royals (NOTE: NBC Sports Chicago’s Opening Day coverage begins with a special, hour-long expanded edition of “White Sox Pregame Live presented by Aurelio’s Pizza” at 2:00 PM CT; live stream to authenticated subscribers available at NBCSportsChicago.com and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app).
In addition, Guillen will also continue his role as an analyst on the sophomore season of the network’s popular weeknight 7:00 PM CT game start lead-in program, “Baseball Night in Chicago” (airing Monday-Friday at 6:30 PM prior to every White Sox or Cubs game on NBC Sports Chicago), along with making additional contributions on a variety of NBC Sports Chicago’s cross-platform offerings throughout the MLB season.
“I’m extremely excited to be joining the team at NBC Sports Chicago,” said Guillen. “Their dedication to providing the best sports coverage to the greatest fans in the world is unmatched. I consider myself very lucky to have the opportunity to contribute to their wonderful team. Chicago will always be my home, there is no better sports town in the world and I can’t wait to get started.”
“Along with being one of the most skilled athletes and colorful personalities to ever play or manage in this city’s history, Ozzie has also grown to become one of the finest baseball analysts in the business” added Cross. “The addition of Ozzie to our network’s overall roster of expert analysts once again showcases our year-round commitment to be the primary multi-platform destination for every Chicago sports fan.”
An electrifying defensive shortstop throughout his entire playing career, Guillen spent 16 seasons in the big leagues (13 with the White Sox from 1985-97), earning American League “Rookie of the Year” honors in 1985, along with three All-Star Game appearances (1988, 1990, 1991) and a Gold Glove Award (1990). Guillen finished his major league playing career by participating in 1,993 games, amassing 1,764 hits and 619 RBI. Following post-playing career coaching stints with the Montreal Expos (2001-02) and the World Series champion Florida Marlins (2003), Guillen was named the manager of the White Sox during the 2003 off-season, making his rookie managerial debut in 2004. Guillen’s sophomore season as White Sox manager in 2005 was one for the ages as he guided the White Sox to an AL Central first place title with a 99-63 record, and an amazing 11-1 postseason record, which included a 4-0 World Series sweep over the NL’s Houston Astros, earning the White Sox their first championship title in 88 years, along with American League “Manager of the Year” honors for Guillen.
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