Ozzie Guillen out as White Sox manager

September 27, 2011

By Jennifer Brandel and The Associated Press

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White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been released from his contract to pursue other opportunities.

The team announced the move following its 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays Monday night. Guillen met with owner Jerry Reinsdorf for about 30 minutes earlier in the day.

Guillen said the move shouldn't be blamed on anyone. He requested to be released from his contract with the team. "Let me go and do what I want to do and the best for me and my family," Guillen said in the press conference Monday night. There he also expressed disappointment at the way the Sox have been playing this season and gratitude for his fans. "I know they're not going to forget me. They can't. Even if they want to, they can't. They walk through the ball park, my picture will be there. I hope they don't take it down," Guillen joked.

The outspoken Guillen led the Sox to win two American league central titles as well as the World Series in 2005.

He told Reinsdorf he would like to return, but only for a contract extension for more money. He had one year remaining on his current deal.

The White Sox said in a release they retain the right to compensation should Guillen accept a managerial position with another major league team for the 2012 season. The Florida Marlins are expecting to snag Guillen as their new Manager as soon as Wednesday.