Guillen has room for improvement

Ozzie Guillen has never been afraid to speak his mind about White Sox management and he hasn't always been kind.

Updated: November 4, 2003, 9:19 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Here's hoping that Ozzie Guillen the manager has a better understanding of offense than did Ozzie Guillen the ballplayer. While he can't be held accountable for his lack of power, he was rarely on base and, when he was, he often frittered himself away by getting thrown out stealing. It is entirely possible that he will take a different approach now that he is in charge. Well, let's put that another way: if you're a White Sox fan, you better hope he takes a different approach.

Here are what the writer's have to say about his hiring:

Ron Rapoport of the Chicago Sun-Times heralds the arrival of new manager Ozzie Guillen by lauding his enthusiasm for the game. He makes an interesting point, however, when he says, "I never bought into the idea that Jerry Manuel's lack of fire hurt the Sox. They're grown-up professionals and should be able to motivate themselves." This is not a great time to be taking over the White Sox, he continues, because the team is in rebuilding mode and the fans want to see results right away.

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