Ozzie Guillen was manager for the White Sox from 2004-11 and for the Marlins in 2012. (Jason Arnold / Getty Images)
Detroit — He’s a stretch. But he sounds interested.
World Series-winning manager Ozzie Guillen took to Twitter on Thursday night in response to a fan about whether he’d be interested in joining the Tigers.
And his response, translated: “My dream would be to manage the best Miguel Cabrera.”
Cabrera and Guillen, both Venezuela natives, are long-time friends, dating to Guillen’s days coaching third base for the Marlins in 2003. Cabrera was on that team, which won the World Series.
They also socialized during Guillen’s days managing the White Sox. It’s worth noting, however, that while it was greatly speculated Guillen was among those out with Cabrera on a night of heavy drinking in October 2009, Guillen flatly denied to The Detroit News that he was present.
Guillen, 49, has a lot of the qualities Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski will be seeking, namely experience — he’s managed nine years, eight with the White Sox — and sustained success. Guillen’s White Sox won a world championship in 2005.
He owns a 747-710 record, with five winning seasons and four losing ones.
Guillen, though, also has a knack for being brash and very outspoken — his words of support for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro landed him in seriously hot water in 2012, his one year managing the Marlins — and Dombrowski is a big fan of those who choose their words carefully.
The Tigers officially began the interview process to replace Jim Leyland on Thursday, when Dombrowski and hitting coach Lloyd McClendon talked.
It’s not clear who the other candidates might be, though Manny Acta, Brad Ausmus and Dusty Baker could be among those landing interviews.