This is my Josh Johnson Collection……. If anyone out there has a relic or auto out there that they do not see here and would like to trade it please leave me a comment, i’m sure we’ll be able to work something out. Thanks!!
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is out the door in Chicago — and according to ESPN and other published reports — headed to South Florida to manage the Marlins when they open their new ballpark in April.
The White Sox confirmed late Monday that the team and Guillen have parted ways. “The White Sox have agreed to Ozzie Guillen’s request to be released from his contract, allowing the manager to pursue other opportunities,” the White Sox said in a statement.
ESPNChicago.com reported Guillen was traded to the Marlins for two minor-league players. The Marlins declined comment but did not deny the reports.
Guillen, who was the Marlins’s third-base coach during their run to the 2003 World Series and has long been a target of owner Jeffrey Loria, met with Reinsdorf on Monday and didn’t leave with the contract extension he sought beyond 2012. “I don’t think I earned it,” Guillen said.
Now, it appears the 47-year-old outspoken Venezuelan will be the Marlins next manager — and fourth since 2010. FoxSports is reporting Guillen will be given a three-year deal to manager the Marlins.
The Guillen news comes on the same day Marlins interim manager Jack McKeon announced his retirement.
During the seventh inning of Monday’s 6-4 loss against the Nationals, several Marlins fans in the crowd at Sun Life Stadium began chanting “Ozzie! Ozzie!”
Reinsdorf said in March the Marlins contacted the White Sox about trading for the manager, but the teams couldn’t agree on compensation. Guillen didn’t confirm the reports.
“I personally appreciate everything Ozzie has done for this organization, our fans and the city of Chicago,” White Sox team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. “We shared the greatest moments together and wish him nothing but future success in baseball and in life.”
Guillen did not confirm that he’s headed to the Marlins. But did talk about them before Monday’s game.
“You never hear me talk about [the Marlins],” Guillen said. “I never say the word ‘Marlins’ out of my mouth, no. That’s their problem.
“It’s not easy, like, OK, I want to get you, come here and do it.’ No, that’s a process. If the Marlins are interested in me, good for them. I’m open to anything.”
Guillen was believed to be in line to make around $2million next season with the White Sox. The team was expected to contend for the AL Central title this year, but has struggled to the third sub-.500 finish during Guillen’s eight-year tenure.
Guillen led the White Sox to the World Series in 2005 and has a record of 677-617. In 2003, he served as McKeonâ€™s third-base coach on a Marlins team that rallied to win the NL Wild Card and then the World Series in six games against the Yankees.
McKeon, who figures to remain as a consultant for the Marlins, said Monday he would have no say in who replaced him.
“I like Ozzie. I think he’s a very, very intelligent manager,” McKeon said after the Marlins 6-4 loss Monday night to the Nationals. “I think he’s a smart player, he was a smart player. I think he’ll do well. He’s done well. He’s a good man. I like him. I’m going to have to like him right?”
McKeon took over a Marlins team that had lost 10 consecutive games under Edwin Rodriguez and fell from second place into the NL East basement at 32-40 before Rodriguez abruptly resigned.
The Marlins eventually got back to .500 on Aug. 2 in New York but lost second baseman Omar Infante and shortstop Hanley Ramirez to injuries “and the season went downhill from there,” McKeon said.
The Marlins clinched last place in the division when they were swept by the Brewers during the weekend.
Asked what he thought Guillen could bring the Marlins, McKeon said: “You’ve got me. Ozzie isn’t going to bring anything. The players are going to bring it… Ozzie is a colorful guy. You guys will love him. You’ll have a lot to write about, talk about. He’s a colorful guy and he knows this game. What he can bring — it’s like anything else. Good managers are good because of good players.”
McKeon also said he like the way Guillen “was able to control the players, especially the latin players.”
“He wasn’t afraid to jump on ’em, encourage ’em, but also try to help them,” McKeon said. “He wasn’t worried about being their friend. He was going to tell it like it is. And that’s Ozzie. He tells it like it is. Sort of reminds me of another guy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”
Monday, Loria met with current third base coach Jose Espada for an interview. Former third-base coach Bo Porter, now with the Nationals, reportedly also was supposed to be interviewed.
McKeon became the second-oldest manager in baseball history said he’d like to come back to manage — if only to pass Connie Mack, who was older at 87 when he skippered the team he owned — the Philadelphia Athletics — in his last season of 1950.
Sometimes things in life are really funny…… You could be having a bad day and just one thing can turn it around for you. Just as was the case last week, as most of you that read the blog on a daily basis I was having major car toubles. Well after a new Transmission and 2,000 dollars later, I’m back to my everyday life. Still in debit tho….. Anyways when i was having car issues my great wife taught it would be good to get away from it all for a little while and what better place than the South Florida Fair which happens to be in our back yard of Palm Beach. All the food i could eat and all the rides for the kids was a great time had. Plus the car show and Kansas playing live was also cool. But here’s the really cool part of the night. While i was trying my luck at dunking that damn clown that was calling me all kinds of names. I glanced over at the game with the milk bottles in which you have to knock them down with a baseball to win and heard a loud pop. And i turn around I see Chris Volstad throwing a baseball that looked at least in the low 90’s popping against the backdrop. I quickly told my wife that the guy over there was Chris Volstad and she said no way, that’s not him. So I did what any fan would have done and grabbed my iPhone and went up to him and asked him if I could take a picture with him. He looked stunned that anyone knew who he was, but I knew right way who he was. He said sure and that he liked my visor and thanks for being a fan. I wished him luck and told him I would see him at Spring Training. He smile and said bye. And I thanked him for his time. So for a couple of hours on that day my mind was clear of all issues in life thanks to my great wife, I love you babe!! Wicked out!!-
Beardy and me have trade over six times already but we always seem to find cards we both gotta have….. As this last trade the Jordan Zimmermann auto was a card that I’ve been chasing down a long time on Ebay…. But i always get outbidded at the last second. Well that and the Hanley made this trade super sweet and the rest is history. Thanks to Beardy for offering this cards up for trade!! And Happy New Year folks!!
The cool as ice homie over at No One’s Gonna Read This Blog! sent over this great package of cards to the 561….. The best part of the package was the great sketch card he drew of me…. I look like something out of the Juan Ponce de León crew aka a Spanish explorer…. Everyone i’ve shown it to has loved it….. Thanks J and if you ever wanna draw some of those cards for me i’ll hook ya up!!
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Spankee from the up and coming blog My Cardboard Mistress and me the wicked one worked out a trade that made both of us really happy. The loot on my side of the yard was a Hanley sweet spot, a Adam Lind Walmart black and a bunch of set needs for the A&G 2010 set….. A big welcome and shout to the homie Spankee and mad love for hooking me up!! Look for your package in the mail soon.Thanks again!! And make sure to stop by the homies blog and ask about trading, he’s gots the goods!!
Picked these two printing plates up on Ebay …… The Dontrelle one was a great add one to the huge collection. And of couse then you have Jason…. Hopefully Tampa Bay will go all the way this year and bring another championship to Florida!! I will be hooting for the Rays this year thought out the play offs!! Wicked out!!! Go Rays!!
Picked up this great lot on Ebay for just a couple of buck…. Even tho I think i own about three of the relic that are pictured here already it was well worth it due to the auto. You see, I’ve been chasing that card for a while now and i couldn’t belive it when I saw it in this lot. I guess I’m just lucky sometimes. Well thanks for reading and following!! Wicked out!!
The Night Owl and myself trade packages like i do with no other blog around. We just send eachother stuff when the piles get to high…. And he always seems to know what i’m hunting for cause there always something i’m missing… Like the 1972 Topps cards he sent, i didn’t have one of those so that give that set a boost…Owl be on the lookout homie, one is coming your way soon!!