Hmmm, maybe the Cubs should hire Ozzie Guillen ... (Reuters )
Dale Sveum is out the door, Joe Girardi chose to stay in New York, and the Cubs are practically back to square one in their search for a new manager.
The ultimate goal, one would think, is to pair a manager who develop and relate to players with the swarm of Cubs prospects who will be here in the near future. Currently the list of candidates for Cubs managers is at six.
That list includes former Cub Dave Martinez, former Indians manager Manny Acta and San Diego assistant general manager A.J. Hinch.
There is, however, a candidate the Cubs may be overlooking: Ozzie Guillen. It's no secret that Guillen has never really been a fan of the Cubs or Wrigley Field, but I believe he would put that aside for a chance to manage again.
He is no stranger to controversy. Guillen has stood up to the front offices of both the White Sox and Marlins on multiple occasions. He's had his share of spats with the media in both cities, and his comments on Fidel Castro can still be felt in Miami.
At the end of the day, however, Guillen would be a good hire for the Cubs. Here is what he brings to the table:
>> His career record is 747-710.
>> He led the White Sox to five winning seasons, two playoff appearances, two division championships, an American League pennant and the 2005 World Series title.
>> He can relate to the Cubs' Hispanic players. For example, he could be the tutor Starlin Castro needs to get back to form.
>> He maintains a residence here and has connections to the community.
If the Cubs are serious about breaking their 100-plus-year-old curse, then maybe they need to think outside the box for a change.
Gabe Salgado is a RedEye special contributor.
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