Ozzie on owners, and first-day in review
JUPITER, Fla. — Working for a passionate owner is nothing new for Ozzie Guillen.
Guillen experienced it in Chicago with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf. And he is in a similiar situation in Miami with Jeffrey Loria.
“My relationship with Jerry is still great,” Guillen said. “What can I say about Jerry, nothing. Jerry’s a great man.”
In Miami, Guillen is back with the Marlins, where he was their third base coach in 2002-03.
“Before, it was different,” Guillen said. “I was a coach and Jeffrey didn’t [care] about me. Jeffrey loves baseball. So does Jerry Reinsdorf.”
There is a downside, Guillen says, to working with an owner with a strong love for the game.
“Sometimes it’s not easy to work for people who own the team, and on top of that, they are baseball fans,” Guillen said. “It’s not easy because sometimes they think they know more than you, when you’re manager.”
Guillen jokes that the farther away people sit for the field, the less they know the game. He mentioned this to Loria, who quipped back, “I sit in the first row.”
Guillen countered, “but you don’t write the lineup card.”
Being questioned comes with territory for managers.
“It happens with everyone,” he said. “Even my wife second guesses me. I don’t care. I’m going to do the best I can to try to win the game.”
* Reliever Edward Mujica talked four days ago to Juan Carlos Oviedo, who remains in the Dominican Republic until he is granted a visa. Oviedo is on the restricted list, and the Marlins are not sure when he will join them in Spring Training.
“I talked with him like four days ago,” Mujica said. “He’s in the Dominican. He’s waiting for his visa. We’ll see. He says the first week of March he might be going to the embassy and hopes he can get his visa.”
* Guillen spent part of the first workouts riding a golf cart to all the back fields at the Roger Dean Stadium complex. About all the ground he had to cover, he joked: “I didn’t think I needed an Easy Pass to get to these fields. I don’t know how [Jack] McKeon did it.”
* Hanley Ramirez trimmed down in the offseason, losing about eight pounds. He is down to a lean, 227. He credits it to eating right and working out properly.
* Steve Cishek has a chance to win a late-inning setup shot, while Wade LeBlanc is being considered for long relief. Because he has an option remaining, LeBlanc would be sent to Triple-A New Orleans if he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster.
* A sleeper relief pitcher to keep an eye on is Evan Reed.
* Sean West, a first-round pick in 2005, is out of options. So the left-hander is in a situation of having to make the Opening Day roster or risk being lost by the organization.
* Full-squad workouts begin on Sunday, but there is a chance Jose Reyes will be at camp on Thursday.
* Workouts on Thursday are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET. They are open to the public.
– Joe Frisaro