Ozzie Guillen to manage son’s team Wednesday

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Ozney Guillen (left) and Ozzie Guillen. Daily Pantagraph photo.

Ozzie Guillen will wear a manager’s cap again.

But only for one game,  in Normal, Ill., where his son Ozney plays right field for the Frontier League’s Normal CornBelters.

Guillen, the former White Sox and Miami Marlins manager who guided the Sox to the World Series championship in 2005, will serve as a guest manager for the independent league team when it hosts the Evansville Otters on Wednesday night in Normal.

According to the team’s web site, the idea of having Guillen manage for a day came from CornBelters field manager Brooks Carey.

“It is a great honor to have a true champion and a good friend of mine to manage our ball club,” Carey was quoted as saying. “He is a true baseball guy and with the CornBelters in a pennant race, there is no doubt the Ozzie will do a fantastic job.”

Guillen, who has been out of baseball since 2012, works as an analyst for ESPN Deportes.

“I’m glad that I can help Brooks and this great group of guys that I get along with so well,” Guillen said. “The only bad part is that I can’t use the number 13 because I can’t persuade the guy.”

“The guy” is son Ozney, who wears the same number worn by his father.


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