Ozzie Guillen had the White Sox in a good spot late in the 2005 season. Well, they did hit a little bit of a slump at the end of that year. Guillen took all of the blame and the team rallied behind him and won the division. Then they went on an 11-1 run in the postseason en route to the World Series title. It was a brilliant year for Guillen and his team.
He put everyone in a position to succeed based on their skill sets. Scott Podsednik was used for speed, Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko were there for power, Joe Crede was always put in clutch positions, and A.J. Pierzynski developed into a great leader. Those are just a few examples of Ozzie putting players in the right spot for their abilities. It is remarkable how great these players have proven they can be under his guidance.
He has been a “Manager of the Year” award winner in the past and it was well deserved. He has proven to everyone that he can get it done. If the team is as talented as it needs to be to win it all, Guillen knows how to put them in the right spots to get them to reach their potential.