Oswaldo José Guillén Barrios (born January 20, 1964 in Ocumare del Tuy, Miranda State, Venezuela), well known as Ozzie Guillén [ghee-YEN], is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball and the current manager of the 2005 World Series champions Chicago White Sox. From 1985 through 2000, Guillén played for the White Sox (1985-97), Baltimore Orioles (1998), Atlanta Braves (1998-1999) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2000). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. Following his playing career, Guillén coached for the Florida Marlins in 2003.
Guillén is a member of the select group of gifted shortstops coming from his homeland, a group that includes Chico Carrasquel, Luis Aparicio, Dave Concepción and Omar Vizquel. As a player, he was regarded for his passion, speed, hustle, and defensive abilities, with his love for the game still intact.
In 1985, Guillén received both the AL Rookie of the Year and The Sporting News Rookie of the Year awards. Then, he was selected an All-Star in 1988, 1990-91, and won the Gold Glove Award in 1990. Guillén ranks among the White Sox all-time leaders in games played, hits and at-bats.
After serving as third base coach for the 2003 World Champions Florida Marlins, Guillén was hired in the offseason to replace Jerry Manuel as White Sox manager. He received a rousing ovation from the crowd of 37,706 Chicagoans when introduced before his first game as a skipper at U.S. Cellular Field on April 13, 2004.
On May 30, 2005, the White Sox extended Guillén's contract, making the move while the team had the best record in the majors (33-17). Chicago picked up the 2006 option on his contract, added two more years and included an option for the 2009 season. He led the White Sox to their first AL pennant and their first World Series' win since 1917 with a 4-game sweep against the Houston Astros. Curiously, Guillén announced that he was going to retire after the 2005 season should the White Sox win the World Series, which they did in fact win, but at the parade that took place in Chicago to receive the World Champions he prompted one of the biggest cheers from the fans when he announced he would return next season to manage. In 2005, he also recieved AL Manager of the Year.
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- Guillén has developed a reputation as being a very animated and sometimes eccentric manager who's not afraid to speak his mind. One of his most (in)famous moments was at the beginning of the 2005 season, when he dropped f-bombs on former White Sox outfielder Magglio Ordóñez in the Chicago newspapers.
- Like fellow countrymen Dave Concepción and Omar Vizquel, Guillén wears number 13, the same number he wore when he played shortstop for the White Sox. He also wore 13 while coaching for Atlanta.
- Ozzie Guillen is the first Latin American manager (and first manager born outside of the United States) of a MLB team to win a World Series (2005 World Series Champions with the Chicago White Sox).
Ozzie Guillen has been voted the 2005 AL Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers
- In his playing career, Guillén was deceived with the embarrassing hidden ball trick three times, by Brewers first baseman Greg Brock in 1989, Tigers 1B Dave Bergman during the same season, and Red Sox second baseman Steve Lyons in 1991.
- Visited President George W. Bush at the White House on January 23, 2004.
- Guillén is a practitioner of Santeria.
- MLB Rookie of the Year Award
- TSN Rookie of the Year Award
- List of AL Gold Glove Winners at Shortstop
- Players from Venezuela in MLB
- MLB Web Page - biography
- Baseball Library - profile
- Baseball Reference - statistics
- Hidden Ball Tricks