Guillen handed two-game suspension
Manager watches Tuesday's game from undisclosed location
CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen's actions during Sunday's series finale at Kansas City and his comments following the blowout loss produced an undisclosed fine and a two-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball. This announcement was made Tuesday by Bob Watson, MLB's vice president of on-field operations.
This suspension also left Guillen without a place to watch Tuesday's series opener against the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field. So, Guillen was offered an open spot in the pressbox during his pregame chat with the media.
"That was my dream, to see how easy it is to criticize people from up there," said Guillen with a laugh. "How it's easy to see the game real nice from there, get up and eat, drink, talk. Be on the phone.
"No, I don't know yet. Last time, I was in [general manager Ken Williams'] and [chairman Jerry Reinsdorf's] office, and I don't like that. I might go to my house and watch it."
Guillen could briefly make light of the suspension, but he didn't find the least bit of humor in anything involving the on-field situation that ultimately caused his two-game absence. The moment came in the bottom of the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium, when D.J. Carrasco relieved Clayton Richard with the bases loaded, one out and Miguel Olivo coming to the plate. The White Sox also trailed by a 6-0 margin.
Carrasco threw his first pitch up and a little bit in, followed by a second pitch that knocked down Olivo but hit his bat. Carrasco's third pitch hit Olivo, though Guillen expressed his doubts Tuesday about that ruling, with the ball having rolled back to the mound as if it hit something harder than Olivo's wrist.
Nonetheless, Olivo charged the mound and a minor brouhaha, even by baseball's standards, ensued. Guillen became enraged when he was ejected along with Carrasco, as the umpiring crew ruled intent on Carrasco's part.
Guillen's comments after Sunday's loss didn't help his cause, although there was an apology issued by the umpiring crew for misjudging Carrasco's purpose pitches. Guillen's postgame diatribe included the information that he had instructed Carrasco to hit Billy Butler leading off the fifth in a July 20 game, after his players had been hit five times during that weekend series, as well as a thinly-veiled warning being issued to the Royals in regard to future matchups.
Despite the outcome, Guillen didn't seem to regret his choice of words.
"You cannot win, no matter what you do or what you say," Guillen said. "They thought I said the wrong thing through the media, but I just wanted to make it clear, when I talked to the media Sunday, it was right before the umpire came out and apologized and said, 'I made the wrong decision.'
"After you see [Zack] Greinke hit [Nick] Swisher, that clicks in your mind like, 'What's going on here?' You start looking around like, 'Are they abusing my team or are they thinking we're scared?' That's why I made that comment.
"A lot of people thought when we went to Kansas City we were going to have some problems. I didn't do anything, because I truly believe those guys didn't throw at my players," Guillen added. "Now, I know I can't do anything about it because they're going to have a warning, they're going to be looking at me.
"I'll just move on, quiet, and I'm not going to start anything. I will finish something, but I'm not going to start."
Olivo received a five-game suspension, while Greinke got five for hitting Swisher in what was deemed retaliation in the seventh. Kansas City manager Trey Hillman also was suspended one game.
No suspension was given to Carrasco, much to the chagrin of Olivo, a former White Sox catcher.
"When I heard that the [Carrasco] did not get suspended at all, I was disappointed because I'm hurt," Olivo said. "I got my left hand hurt and my right hand hurt. I didn't agree."
Protests from Olivo didn't change the White Sox stance that Carrasco's three pitches inside were not aimed with intent.
"Like I said, no one was throwing at anybody. We weren't trying to hit anybody," White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "The bases were loaded and we were down six or seven runs. It's idiotic for anyone to think that."
"Let's face it -- none of us have heard of anyone hitting anyone on purpose with the bases loaded," Williams added. "I've never heard of that in the game. After that, the comments that were made subsequently were the ones that ultimately got Ozzie in trouble."
So, Guillen was left to watch the first two games against Detroit from an undisclosed location, with the undisclosed fine bothering him more than anything else.
"The only thing is the money, that's a lot of money," Guillen said. "I can buy another house in Venezuela with the money."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.