Fisk returns as White Sox ambassador
Hall of Fame catcher to be part of team's speakers bureau
ANAHEIM -- Carlton Fisk already has a bronze statue of his likeness among the retired legends honored in center field at U.S. Cellular Field.
Now, the Hall of Famer also will have official employment within the White Sox organization once again.
Fisk, who was inducted into Cooperstown in 2000, has agreed to become a team ambassador and member of the White Sox Speakers Bureau. That group already includes former White Sox stars Minnie Minoso, Ron Kittle, Bill Melton and Moose Skowron. Fisk will make appearances on behalf of the organization.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen applauded the move made by the organization, after recovering from the initial shock when an Angels' reporter asked him if he heard the news about Fisk before Tuesday's game.
"It's about time," Guillen said. "I asked Pudge a lot of times to come meet us in Spring Training, but he's been busy with a lot of different things. To us, it's an honor to have that guy in there.
"Pudge is a legend. In my opinion, I think Pudge belongs more to the Chicago White Sox than he belongs to the Boston Red Sox because of the many years he played for us and he finished up his career here. He was like our daddy, he was like our father."
From 1969 to 1980, Fisk was a member of the Red Sox. He came to the White Sox in 1981 and actually played 13 seasons on the South Side of Chicago. His new role with the team will be recognized on May 22, via a "Welcome back, Carlton Fisk" night prior to the game with Cleveland.
This tribute will include a special video and visits from other White Sox players.
"It truly is a special feeling to be back with the White Sox organization," Fisk said in a statement released by the team. "I am thrilled about having the opportunity to represent the team and visit with fans who are second to none in baseball. The reunion also will give me the chance to be around so many of my former teammates who are still with the organization."
"He's got a lot of friends that work in this organization right now," Guillen added, mentioning Harold Baines, hitting coach Greg Walker and Bobby Thigpen. "To us, it's something nice. Hopefully, we can get him on the field once in a while and have a good time with us."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.