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Ozzie Guillen Released as White Sox Manager, May Join Florida Marlins

Ozzie Guillen was released from his contract as manager of the Chicago White Sox and his next job may be with the Florida Marlins.

The White Sox issued a statement after last night’s 4-3 win over Toronto, saying that they agreed to Guillen’s request to pursue other opportunities.

Guillen spent eight years with the White Sox and guided the team to a World Series title in 2005. He had one year remaining on his contract in Chicago and said he didn’t want to return without a new deal for more money. The White Sox retain rights to compensation should Guillen accept a managerial position at another major-league team in 2012.

“We shared the greatest moments together and wish him nothing but future success in baseball and in life,” White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement.

The White Sox and Marlins are in the final stages of completing a deal that will bring Guillen, 47, to Miami, the Chicago Sun Times reported last night, citing multiple people familiar with the situation it didn’t identify. Guillen didn’t comment on the report after last night’s game.

He won’t manage the final two games of the season for Chicago, which is 78-82.

The Marlins have a managerial vacancy after Jack McKeon said yesterday that he’s retiring after the team’s final game of the season on Sept. 28.

McKeon, 80, is the second-oldest manager in major-league history behind Connie Mack, who ran the Philadelphia Athletics at 87 in 1950.

The Marlins will open a $515 million ballpark next season in downtown Miami.

Guillen, who played 13 seasons as a shortstop for the White Sox from 1985-97, led the team to a World Series title in his second year as manager. He had a 678-617 record with the White Sox.

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