Guillen recently expressed interest in joining the Chicago Cubs but the Slammers and General Manager Chris Franklin feel they’re a better fit for the South Sider. “We’re a little shocked that Ozzie would be interested in joining the Cubs after years of disdain for Wrigley Field. Our ballpark, Silver Cross Field, is widely known as one of the most beautiful parks in all of minor league sports and would be a perfect place for Ozzie to call home.”
The $27 million ballpark was built in 2002 and is located in beautiful downtown Joliet, IL just 35 miles from US Cellular Field and remains Will County’s only professional baseball venue, providing family entertainment at affordable prices.
“We feel our facilities would meet Ozzie’s standards and provide him an opportunity to work close to home and enjoy the support not only from our fans, but his loyal White Sox fans as well. There’s plenty of parking and if he doesn’t want to drive, he can hop on the train and literally walk 100 feet to the clubhouse.”
Guillen led the South Siders to their first American League pennant since 1959 and first World Series Championship since 1917 with a four game sweep of the Houston Astros in 2005. He was also voted the American League Manager of The Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America that same season.
The former shortstop managed 1,457 games in the Majors, posting an overall record of 747 – 710, with the White Sox (2004 – 20011) and Miami Marlins (2012). He also had stints as a coach for the Montreal Expos (2001) and Florida Marlins (2002 – 2003), winning the World Series with the Marlins.
The Venezuelan is widely regarded for his passion and intensity on the field and in front of a microphone. The Slammers view his experience and passion as a plus.
“Make no mistakes about it, Ozzie knows baseball and we would be thrilled to have him on board. We can’t guarantee that he would be the highest paid manager in baseball, but there’s a good chance he would be the highest paid in the Frontier League. We’ve seen an uptick in our season ticket sales with our new $2 Tumbler Cup providing season ticket holders with $2 beers and fountain drinks every day so we expect revenues to be up in 2014. The additional revenue will help enable us to provide a quality product on the field as well. “
In addition to a base salary the Slammers would be willing to cover any fines issued by the Frontier League and provide the Guillen family and charity of choice with additional 7-Game All-You-Can-Eat Packs to watch Ozzie in action. The 7-Game All-You-Can-Eat Packs allows fans to indulge themselves for one hour prior to the start of the game with hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and Pepsi products for less than $15 per game!
The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Slammers 7-Game All-You-Can-Eat plans and season tickets, featuring $2 beer and fountain drinks every game are now available. Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the ticket office at 815-722-2287 for more information!