Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has made clear he'd like to manage another baseball franchise. But he said Wednesday he'd also consider coaching, even for a team whose fans he once called "stupid."
"The only place I coach this year or next year would have to be Cubs or Sox, because I don’t want to move out of my house," Guillen said before Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Guillen currently works as an analyst for ESPN and ESPN Desportes, a job he took after the Miami Marlins fired him as manager in 2012 with three years remaining on his contract. But before that he managed the White Sox, a tenure that included the team's 2005 World Series win.
The Sox have a hitting coach opening, but Guillen isn't interested in that position because it doesn't fit his skill set. The Chicago Tribune notes that the Cubs are looking for more bilingual instructors on their staff, and Guillen said he'd be open to coaching third base for the north side team.
He was a third base coach for the Miami Marlins when that team won the 2003 World Series.
"If I get that job as a coach, my job will be to make sure to get the players ready to play for the manager every day. With the people [the Cubs] have in the minor leagues, it's a [good fit] for a Latino coach or manager. They have their plans. [President of Baseball Operations] Theo Epstein knows what he's doing. They have their plans and go about their plans," he was quoted by the Tribune as saying.
Still, he said he's not holding his breath waiting for a call from Cubs management.
"I respect them, and they don’t have to call me because I live in Chicago and I’m Ozzie Guillen," he said. "If they think I deserve a shot, I’m waiting for, and if not then I still respect the organization."