Ozzie Guillen would appreciate knowing as soon as possible where he stands with the Chicago White Sox.
He knows what he wants: to end his managerial career in the Windy City. If owner Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Ken Williams have other plans, Guillen understands. He just wants to hear it, so he and his family can move forward one way or another.
“I want to be in Chicago, man,” Guillen said. “My mind is ready. I want to be here as long as I can. I want to be part of the White Sox the rest of my career. Hopefully I can have a meeting with Jerry and Kenny and see what they have in mind. ... I hope everything works out for both sides. I will respect what they have in mind. At the same time, it’s a business.”
The 46-year-old Guillen is signed through 2012, but his rocky relationship with Williams could cause the sides to part ways sooner. There’s been talk that Guillen has his eyes on the Florida Marlins’ opening, though he insists he wants to stay put.
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TWINS SET ATTENDANCE RECORD
The Twins set a club single-season attendance record during their first season at Target Field.
The AL Central champions have drawn 3,063,327 through Wednesday’s game against Cleveland. That breaks the previous record of 3,030,672 set in 1988, the year after the Twins won their first World Series championship.
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