CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen might have denied Monday that he has already landed a new job, but his own website appeared to have leaked the news that he will be headed to the Florida Marlins.
During the ninth inning of Monday’s victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, a post on Guillen’s website called “Ozzie Speaks” temporarily broke the news. Guillen was in the midst of managing his last game with the Chicago White Sox.
The Chicago Tribune and Comcast SportsNet, both quoted the post that was quickly taken down. It read as follows, according to those reports:
“Chicago will ALWAYS be my home and I will forever love the fans for the support they have shown me and my family throughout my career, and I look forward to that continuing in the future. I made no secret that my desire was always to spend my entire managerial career with the White Sox, but there comes a point when you need to move on, and that point has come. The Florida Marlins believe I am the right man for the job to bring another World Series to South Florida. And just as it has always been with me, winning is my only mission.
“It’s good being wanted, and more importantly it’s good knowing where you stand. Although it’s sad my time with the White Sox has ended, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be a part of the Marlins organization. I have an unbelievable amount of respect for the Marlins, owner Jeffrey Loria, president Larry Beinfest, and general manager Michael Hill. I can’t thank them enough for this opportunity and look forward to the future. I can’t wait to get started!”
The post reportedly had a timestamp of 2:28 a.m. on Tuesday, despite the fact that it was released Monday night and then removed.
Guillen did not say after Monday’s game that he had a job lined up. He is expected to board a plane for Florida on Tuesday morning, though, and an announcement from the Marlins on their new manager could come as early as later that day or on Wednesday.