With the end of a disappointing season drawing near, the Chicago White Sox’s attention has turned to next year.
Ozzie Guillen won’t be a part of their future.
Released from his contract per his request, Guillen will no longer be the manager Tuesday night when the White Sox continue a three-game set with the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.
Guillen, who had one year left on his contract, met with owner Jerry Reinsdorf before Monday night’s 4-3 win over Toronto (80-80) to express his interest in returning in 2012, but only with an extension for more money.
“Was it time for a change? I don’t think so,” general manager Kenny Williams said. “I guess things were accelerated. We had no intention of firing him. This was kind of acquiescing to some of his desires more than anything. It is what it is. I don’t wish to expound on any of the peripherals to the degree that they become more of a story than they really are.
“This is a case of a man making a business decision for himself and his family. And we respected it, we respected it enough to allow this to happen. Obviously we didn’t agree to the request for an extension.”
Chicago (78-82) retains the right to compensation should Guillen accept a managerial position with another big league team next year. With Florida manager Jack McKeon retiring, there is speculation Guillen could be bound for the Marlins.
“It could be anybody. They sound like they are interested,” Guillen said.
The only manager in franchise history to lead the White Sox to more than one division or league title, Guillen compiled a 678-617 record during his eight seasons in Chicago - highlighted by winning the 2005 World Series.
“It was my call and I appreciated the White Sox organization letting me do what I like to do and what is best,” he said. “… Maybe not the best, maybe it’s the worst. You don’t know what is out there. Maybe I’m dreaming. I might not appreciate what I got here. You don’t know. You have to close the page and move on. That’s life. Hopefully the next book treats me the way this book treated me.”
“I’m not looking at it as my last start,” he said. “I’m going to go out there as if I’m coming back next year. It all depends on what the White Sox want to do. They spent a lot of money this year and we didn’t get it done. They may want to go young. It’s up to them.”
With 198 1-3 innings, Buehrle is on the verge of reaching 200 for the 11th consecutive season. He had gone 0-3 with an 11.74 ERA over his previous three starts before regrouping Wednesday, throwing six innings of two-run ball in an 8-4 win at Cleveland.
The left-hander is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA in his last six home meetings with the Blue Jays.
Buehrle has had his way with slugger Adam Lind(notes), holding him hitless in 12 career at-bats. Jose Bautista(notes), who is 3 for 20 (.150) in his last six games at Chicago, is 5 for 19 with a home run off Buehrle.
The 21-year-old right-hander, who has never faced the White Sox, is 1-1 with a 0.64 ERA and a .196 opponent batting average over his last two road starts, but has no decisions in four September outings - all at home.
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