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Ozzie's School of Management: Lessons from the Dugout, the Clubhouse, and the Doghouse Hardcover – May 22, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Times Books; First edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805095004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805095005
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,671,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

About the Author

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.

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Ozzie also stuck with Juan Pierre because the slumping outfielder provided a great role model with his effort and work ethic.
Morrissey chooses not to do that, instead looking at Guillen's managerial stint in Chicago more by themes, and the execution does not always work out.
Shawn Weaver
The "f" bomb is dropped so many times in quoting Ozzie in this book it makes a Scorcese mob movie seem like a Disney production.
Anthony Ian

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Though I don't reside in Chicago, I believe that Chicago is one of the top 4-5 sports cities in America and even though the Chicago teams aren't my favorite... if my team doesn't win the World Series... the Super Bowl... the NBA championship... Stanley Cup... etc. I pull for Chicago and Boston. I've always had a special place in my heart for the street-fighting-straight-talking managers such as Billy Martin... and even further back Leo "The Lip" Durocher. But even from afar Ozzie's antics the last few years i.e. battling general manager Kenny Williams on everything under the sun... both business wise and personal... his public threats and whining about a contract extension with owner Jerry Reinsdorf as well as Williams... wound down to the equivalent of a broken scratched record... extremely irritating. The author's constant hashing and rehashing of the same exact thing over and over for two hundred pages... becomes... well... you know.

It probably isn't humanly possible to tell the reader more than they've been told here regarding... that he's a players manager... or that he always wants to take the blame for any losses or problems with player's performances. But somehow... you are told more. Probably the best line in the book is when the author describes Guillen as ** THE CHARLES BARKLEY OF BASEBALL **. The only subject that statistically is in the same "ballpark" as his loyalty to his players... is his protective nature to his family. But I believe when the reader makes note of some of the tweets and comments his sons make to the public about the White Sox... it's hard to side with Ozzie's blind... repetitive... loyalty. How about some "tough-love" with the family? And talk about loyalty...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. Mitchell VINE VOICE on June 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
One of the many reasons I love baseball is the characters you find associated with the game. Since a prime example of those characters is Ozzie Guillen, I was happy to win this book from LibraryThing. I thought it would be full of hilarious stories from his many years in the game, and since Morrissey is a Chicago area journalist, he should know the "real" Ozzie from Guillen's years with the White Sox.

The subtitle is "Lessons from the dugout, the clubhouse, and the doghouse." Even more reason to believe this would be funny. Now I wasn't born yesterday so I'm well aware that Ozzie's language is offensive, but I figured it would be easy to overlook. Well, this isn't the first time I've been totally wrong.

Ozzie cannot form even a partial sentence without saying F--- at least once, if not two or three times. Just for variety he often precedes this with "Mother" and he uses these words as nouns, verbs, adjectives and in every conceivable situation. And he's LOUD. It sounds like he's actually proud of his language, and yet he brags about how he learned English when he came here from Venezuela so he could fit in!

This book would have been excellent as a longish magazine article, but it just isn't right for a book. Morrissey tells the same things over and over so that as you get into the book you feel like you've read it before. And many of the stories just aren't that interesting, seemingly chosen more as examples of his foul language than for humor or insight.

I don't mean to completely demean either Ozzie or the book. Ozzie is a dedicated husband and father. He can be brilliant as a baseball manager, and there's a lot to be said for his way of communicating with his players.
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I am fascinated by Ozzie, but I didn't feel that this book necessarily was very honest. It provides a very censored version of his views, ignoring the controversy that makes him the intriguing figure that he is. Don't expect to hear many of Ozzie's patented colorful comments.
Another aspect working against this book now is that it was written between his years with the White Sox and his year with the Marlins. For that reason, much of the book is looking forward to how his years with the Marlins were expected to be and how he would make them successful. Obviously Ozzie was fired after one turbulent season in Miami and therefore many of the statements made in the book are now irrelevant.
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I picked up this book cheap, and since the 2013 baseball season is now over in Chicago I figured it would be a good read. I am a White Sox fan and I'm an Ozzie Guillen fan. Before Ozzie was hired to manage the team I'd gotten to the point to where I didn't feel a connection with the team anymore. The manager was boring and the product on the field wasn't exactly begging to be watched. When Ozzie came back to manage in 2004 I came back to the White Sox world in full force and have consumed pretty much every game since then.

That will show you that I'm biased to liking this less than perfect book. Rick Morrissey is a sportswriter who admits in the book that he had written a couple of failed novels. He struggles here with the format, as others have noted, with the book getting repetitive at times. Of course, Ozzie Guillen can be a VERY repetitive person, so maybe that's where the problem stems from.

As a White Sox and Ozzie Guillen fan I have to say that there WAS some new material here that I wasn't familiar with. And while it may be an inside look at Ozzie you won't find any other "inside baseball" stories about the team and players from the years that Ozzie managed in Chicago.

While I came back to the Sox when Ozzie came back, I wasn't particularly sad to see him go. The reasons for this are covered in the book where Ozzie made statements about not caring about anything but making enough money to buy a boat. He said he didn't care about the rings, which is all White Sox fans actually do care about. White Sox fans will accept you and treat you well as long as you do your job and show the same passion for the ring that they do. Once you say otherwise, you're pretty much done and Ozzie has found that out the hard way.
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