Ozzie Guillen, who was fired on Tuesday as manager of the Miami Marlins after one wild season, was once an Oriole.
You may have forgotten that, but he hasn’t.
Guillen signed with the Orioles in 1998 after 11 seasons as the Chicago White Sox’s shortstop. The Orioles had Mike Bordick at short and Cal Ripken at third, so there wasn’t much room for Guillen.
A little more than a month into the season, the Orioles released him. Guillen’s Orioles career consisted of one hit in 16 at-bats.
Guillen complained that the team let him go after it returned from Chicago, where the Orioles had just completed a series and he kept a home.
His displeasure was directed at Ray Miller, who succeeded Davey Johnson as manager. Miller told him the Orioles didn’t want to release him in Chicago because it would have attracted too much attention.
The Orioles’ release turned into a good thing for Guillen. He was quickly picked up by the Atlanta Braves and played the rest of that season and the next one for a manager he respected, Bobby Cox. Cox inspired him to manage.
After spending the 2000 season with Tampa Bay, Guillen’s coaching career started the next year with Montreal. His managing career came to an end on Tuesday—at least for now.
-Randy Wolf has elected to have Tommy John surgery, the Baltimore Sun reported. The surgery by Dr. Lewis Yocum, will occur on Oct. 30. He hopes to pitch again in 2014. Wolf pitched in five games for the Orioles after he signed with them on Aug. 31.