Results tagged ‘ Ozzie Guillen ’

4/10 Guillen to return vs. Cubs

When the Cubs play the Marlins April 17 in Miami, it will be manager Ozzie Guillen’s first game back from a five-game suspension for comments he made regarding Fidel Castro. Guillen apologized on Tuesday.

“Right now, you hope you’re never in that seat,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “[Guillen] is in a difficult situation right now. It’s unfortunate for him and the city of Miami. It’s one of those incidents you wish you could have back. It’s not going to go away.”

Sveum and Guillen were teammates on the White Sox. Sveum was traded in 1992 after Guillen injured his knee.

— Carrie Muskat


2/16 Big Z ready to move on

Carlos Zambrano admits it’s time for a change and says he’s working toward having a good season with the Marlins. Zambrano played in the Marlins Golf Classic on Thursday, his first appearance since he was acquired by trade in January. After spending most of the winter wondering where he would play baseball in 2012, Zambrano says he was happy to learn he was acquired by the Marlins.

“I was very happy when I found out about it,” Zambrano told reporters at the golf event. “I think it was time for a change and obviously this trade benefitted me.”

While Zambrano says he believes he could have returned to Chicago, he admits it was probably a good time for him to move on.

“I don’t think it would have been difficult,” Zambrano said about staying with the Cubs. “I’ve changed my mentality and God has helped me change a lot of things about how I am. It all depended on the work I was going to put in and the mentality I would bring back to them.”

He threw a no-hitter and several tantrums with the Cubs, but Zambrano says he has no ill feelings toward the team.

“I’ve always had a lot of respect for the people of Chicago,” he said. “From the fans to the front office, I want to thank them for treating my like a professional for the past 11 years. All I have for Chicago is gratitude and respect.”

Zambrano is also grateful for what his new manager did for him. Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen lobbied to get Big Z.

“I’m very thankful that Ozzie pushed to bring me here to the Marlins,” Zambrano said. “He’s a manager that is dynamic. I am a big supporter of his mentality as a manager and I am very happy to have the opportunity to play for him on this team.”

Guillen and Zambrano have known each other for many years. The two are both standout Venezuelan baseball players. They also had success in Chicago over the years. Even though Zambrano was with the Cubs and Guillen was on the South Side with the White Sox, their close proximity helped strengthen their relationship.

“We were both in Chicago and he was always giving me good advice,” Zambrano said. “Every time we would see each other, he always had something good to say to me. He’s a mentor to me. He’s someone that when you play hard for him and do things the right way, he’s someone who will be behind you. He’s someone who knows a lot about baseball and those are people who should be respected. You need to listen to people like that.”

Guillen has already predicted Zambrano will have a good year.

“He will definitely bounce back,” Guillen said. “It’s hard to predict how many wins and losses he’s going to have but I think he’s definitely going to bounce back and show people how good he is.”

Zambrano believes he is on his way to regaining the form that saw him have so much success with the Cubs over most of his 11 seasons.

“I feel real good and strong. My arm feels great and I am throwing well,” Zambrano said. “I hit 97 miles per hour this winter and that’s something that I hadn’t done in a while. I think that is a result of all the hard work that I have put in. I am very happy with the results of the work I have put in and will continue to do it to get ready for this year.”

Zambrano also wants to show he has matured as a person.

“The only thing that I have to prove is that I can keep myself under control,” Zambrano said. “Anything else will take care of itself.”

Said Guillen: “To me, it’s a privilege to manage him. I’ve always wanted to manage him because I saw him pitch a lot in Chicago and I know what he can do. Hopefully he stays healthy because if he does then he is going to be good for us.”

— Carrie Muskat 

12/6 Ozzie: Big Z will win 16 games for Cubs

New Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen says he talks to Carlos Zambrano nearly every day, and predicts the right-hander will win 16 games this season for the Cubs. Zambrano could return to the mound in Venezuela next week. He’s been recovering from a cut lip, which required 16 stitches.

— Carrie Muskat

10/2 Zambrano to Marlins?

With Ozzie Guillen leaving the White Sox to manage the Marlins, there has been speculation that Carlos Zambrano will join him in Florida. The two Venezuelans are close and have helped each other’s charities. It’s no secret the Cubs want to find Zambrano a new home after his early exit from the Aug. 12 game against the Braves when he told teammates he was “retiring.”  According to a report in Venezuela’s El Nacional by reporter Ignacio Serrano, Guillen has reached out to Zambrano and wants to bring him to Miami. Zambrano is owed $18 million next season on his contract, and the report says the Marlins would pay that money in deferred payments. Whether the Cubs can make that move before they name a new GM remains to be seen, but such a deal would benefit both sides. During the team’s final road trip, Mike Quade was asked if Big Z could return. “I don’t know,” Quade said. “That’s a tough question for me to answer. I’d like his arm back if he fit into the mix. It would be tough for him to come back, for me. If he did, then you deal with it. It would be tough.”

— Carrie Muskat

9/14 Want Vedder’s ukulele? How about Pujols’ shoes?

Do you want an ultimate man cave home theater system? How about a jersey autographed by Albert Pujols? Or his game-used cleats? Or, maybe you and eight friends would like to have dinner with Kerry Wood at his home? Would you like to own Geovany Soto’s catcher’s mask that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen booted this summer? How about an autographed ukulele and CD of Eddie Vedder’s “Ukulele Songs?” You also can bid on a day with the Wrigley Field grounds crew in 2012 or two tickets to a 2012 taping of “Saturday Night Live” in New York.

You can bid now on those items, part of the Kerry Wood Strike Zone Celebrity Bowling Tournament, to be held Sunday at 10pin Bowling Lounge in Chicago. The online auction is underway and proceeds will benefit the Wood Family Foundation, which has raised more than $2 million for children in and around the Chicago area already.

The online auction closes at 10 p.m. CT Saturday. The auction will continue at the bowling tournament. Online bidders will be represented by proxy and be notified of their winning bids the next week. Go to the for more information.

— Carrie Muskat 

9/7 Wood online auction now underway

Do you want Geovany Soto’s catcher’s mask that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gave the boot? How about sharing a six-course dinner for 10 at Kerry Wood’s home? Or an autographed ukulele and CD of Eddie Vedder’s “Ukulele Songs?” You can bid now on those items, part of the Kerry Wood Strike Zone Celebrity Bowling Tournament, to be held Sept. 18 at 10pin Bowling Lounge in Chicago.

The online auction is now underway and proceeds from the event will benefit the Wood Family Foundation, which has raised more than $2 million for children in and around the Chicago area already.

Both Soto and Guillen autographed the catcher’s mask that the White Sox manager kicked during an Interleague game between the intracity rivals this year. Other items available is a chance to work with the Wrigley Field grounds crew in 2012 or two tickets to a 2012 taping of “Saturday Night Live” in New York. There’s something for everyone, including autographed jerseys by the Yankees’ Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter, and a bat autographed by Phillies slugger Ryan Howard. If you’re a South Side baseball fan, there are items autographed by the White Sox’s Juan Pierre, Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski. Troy Tulowitzki, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jim Thome and Robinson Cano donated autographed items, and if you’re a Phillies fan, there’s a package that includes jerseys signed by their starters Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Roy Halladay.

The online auction will close at 10 p.m. CT on Sept. 17. The auction will continue at the bowling tournament on Sept. 18. Go to the for more information. More items are being added daily so it’s wise to check back often.

— Carrie Muskat

7/3 Focus of attention

Mike Quade has had a tough couple days. On Friday, he shouldered the blame for leaving Randy Wells in the game too long. On Saturday, he was ejected in the second inning after arguing a call.

“I’d rather [the attention] be on Ozzie,” Quade said Sunday. “I watched eight innings from my office yesterday. I didn’t like the call, don’t need to be getting rung any more.

“I was really disappointed — that was a huge  play in the game that early,” he said of Saturday’s phantom tag by Gordon Beckham. “I want the focus on my guys. If Ozzie wants the spotlight and wants to kick a mask or two, let him do that. I was upset yesterday at a call, so you wind up being in the midle of something. The day befor I was disappointed in a decision I made and I’m not shying away from that either. Let’s hope the nine guys are in the spotlight today.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/10 Cubs vs. Sox, Round 1

Mike Quade has a good friend coming to Friday’s Cubs game against the White Sox, and it’s going to be a test. His friend is a White Sox fan.

“He says, ‘Geez, couldn’t you work for somebody else?’ I’m like, wait a minute, you’re a good friend of mine — c’mon,” said Quade, the Cubs manager.

Quade grew up in Chicago, watching Bozo’s Circus like most kids, and also watching the Cubs on WGN TV when he came home from school. He knows there is no gray area when it comes to loyalties in the city. On Friday, the Cubs travel to Glendale to face the White Sox, and will try to get every edge, using a designated hitter instead of having pitcher Ryan Dempster bat.

“There’s spirited competition amongst the organizations but also with their skipper [Ozzie Guillen] and third base coach [Jeff Cox], who is a friend of mine, so it’s a little different,” Quade said. “All you’re trying to accomplish here, even with the White Sox, other than me DH’ing tomorrow, is still within the confines of getting our work done. That’s the difference between how many games you win and lose here. I’m not matching up late in the game. Guys are going to play, and we’ll do it the same way.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/9 Big Z home run derby March 21

Want to watch Carlos Zambrano take a few swings? Big Z will host a Home Run Derby on March 21 at Big League Dreams, 4586 E. Elliot Road, Gilbert, Ariz. It’s a charitable event for the Big Z Foundation supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Gilbert as well as Hope of Life.
You can watch Zambrano and other MLB players and the world’s greatest softball hitters, the Long Haul Bombers, in an old fashioned home run derby. There will be a silent auction, raffle. VIP seating, and more. Go to the for more info. Among the participants are Ozzie Guillen, Geovany Soto, Omar Vizquel and Bobby Abreu.

— Carrie Muskat

6/27 Zambrano update

Neither manager Lou Piniella nor GM Jim Hendry has heard from Carlos Zambrano since Friday’s incident at U.S. Cellular Field. The Cubs were still waiting for word from Major League Baseball regarding guidelines for the team-issued suspension following Zambrano’s dugout tantrum.

“I think until something gets rectified, I think probably the less conversation the better,” Piniella said Sunday.

Hendry said he has talked to Zambrano’s agent, Barry Praver, a few times since the tirade. The Cubs will play with a 24-man roster until the situation is settled.

The next step will be how Zambrano settles matters with his teammates after accusing them of not playing behind him.

“He’ll have some issues to deal with [regarding] his teammates,” Hendry said.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gave Zambrano some advice.

“Ozzie’s a good counselor,” Piniella said. “He’s from [Zambrano’s] country. About the only thing I wouldn’t want Ozzie counseling me on is my finances.”

Piniella was joking about Guillen’s role as a financial consultant.

The Cubs were still peeved about Zambrano having dinner with Guillen after Friday’s game. Piniella passed on being with his daughter because he was upset about the incident.

“I hadn’t seen my daughter since I left for Spring Training,” Piniella said. “That was mid February. She got in Friday night from Tampa and I got home to my apartment and my wife and daughter wanted me to go eat dinner with them. I was sick from what happened and I was very tired and embarrassed. They both went out and ate by themselves. I stayed home. That’s all I have to say about that situation.”

— Carrie Muskat