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Ozzie's School of Management

Lessons from the Dugout, the Clubhouse, and the Doghouse

Rick Morrissey

Times Books

Going behind the scenes with Ozzie Guillen, baseball's most colorful and irrepressible manager, to reveal the hidden factors that create a winning team

When Ozzie Guillen opens his mouth, nobody knows what's going to come out. And that has made the manager of the Miami Marlins endlessly entertaining to legions of baseball fans. In language that is often as profane as it is colorful, he will lash out not only at his team's opponents but also at his own players, reporters, fans, and most of all, himself. He is always getting himself in hot water, and he loves every minute of it.

Yet for all the antics and controversy, Guillen is also one of the game's best managers—a World Series champion and a perennial contender. This book opens the door on the secrets to his success.

Ozzie's School of Management distills the ten commandments of managing, Guillen-style, which means no-holds-barred and leave your squeamishness at the door. The Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist Rick Morrissey, who built a strong rapport with Guillen during his eight years with the Chicago White Sox, takes us on a rollicking ride through Ozzie's world, shining a light on his sharp intellect, organizational insights, and changing moods, and showing that the most important part of managing occurs before the first pitch and after the last out.

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ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, IN THEORY
 
 
An older gentleman stood near the dugout at U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the White Sox, between innings of a game against the Oakland Athletics in June 2011. His seat was far away from where he was now standing. Joey Cora, the bench coach, had watched the man make his way purposefully down one of the aisles in the premium box seats.
Ozzie Guillen likes to stand on the top step of the dugout in part so he can take in the crowd while he’s working. To put yourself in the line of fire of fan abuse would seem to be masochistic,
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Praise for Ozzie's School of Management

"Morrissey captures [Guillen’s] thought process . . . [and] nails why the man is so good at his job."--The Wall Street Journal

"Morrissey writes with verve and much humor.… Through observing Guillen on and off the field and interviewing him, Morrissey presents a rewarding explication of how this individual operates. Fans… [will] enjoy this expert, fast-paced study."—Library Journal

"Ozzie Guillen’s management style is not exactly straight out of the Harvard Business School, but his singular approach is vastly more vibrant and compelling. There is a method to his madness, and thanks to Rick Morrissey for busting through the stereotypes and making sense of it all."—David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered and Clemente

"Rick Morrissey squarely puts you in the passenger seat of a baseball bus driven by Ozzie Guillen. I expected Ozzie would ignore the speed limit, flip off a cop, and run over a few mailboxes, but I didn’t expect to learn about his wisdom, patience, and sixth sense for the baseball family. I would love to pass on Guillen’s words to my young son, only problem is I have to wait until he is twenty-one."--Doug Glanville, former major-league center fielder and author of The Game from Where I Stand

"Ozzie Guillen is my kind of guy, what you see is what you get, take it or leave it. He is a winner."--Mike Ditka, former head coach of the Chicago Bears

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Rick Morrissey

  • Rick Morrissey is an award-winning sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, and he has previously worked at the Chicago Tribune, the Rocky Mountain News, and the Charlotte Observer. He has covered most of the major events in sports, from the Super Bowl to the Olympics to the NBA Finals. He lives in the Chicago area.

  • Rick Morrissey Chicago Sun-Times
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Ozzie's School of Management

Lessons from the Dugout, the Clubhouse, and the Doghouse

Rick Morrissey

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