Can’t wait to get started in Miami!

This has been a tough couple of days for me and my family. Change is never easy, especially when you are leaving an organization you spent 22 years of your life with. The Chicago White Sox were the first organization to give me the opportunities to both play and manage in the big leagues. For 22 years, I tried to give them everything I had every day. In 2005, we were able to do something that hadn’t been done in 88 years — bring the World Series trophy back to the city of Chicago. Handing that trophy over to Mr. Jerry Reinsdorf is something I will never forget because I knew how important it was to him. That was a dream of both of ours, and no one will ever be able to take that away from us.

I want to thank everyone that made my years in Chicago special. First of all, I had the opportunity to manage some great players and need to thank them for coming to the park ready to play every single day. Thank you to my great coaching staff, the front office, Minor League department, security, grounds crew, everyone that works at the ballpark and everyone that worked for and played for the White Sox from 2004-11. I also can’t thank the fans enough for the love and support they showed me and my family throughout my career. I hope that support can continue in the future. Chicago will ALWAYS be my home, and my message to all the fans is simply this: I will forever love you and will never forget you.

As I’m sure most of you know, a new chapter in my life began today. It’s hard to explain how happy and excited I am to be joining the Miami Marlins organization. I’m honored that they wanted me to be a part of this new era in Marlins baseball. I want to thank Mr. Jeffrey Loria, Mr. David Samson, Mr. Larry Beinfest, Mr. Michael Hill and Jack McKeon for everything they have done for the Marlins organization and the opportunity they have given me. My goal is to make them and Marlins fans everywhere proud of their team. I can promise you that we are going to play the game the right way. I am really looking forward to the future and can’t wait to get started!!


  1. John Shab

    Thanks for the memories Ozzie! 2005 will always be remembered fondly 🙂 and hey, my girlfriend is from Miami and a big Marlins fan so I guess I’m not done with you yet

  2. lisao

    Love you, Ozzie! Thanks so much for making baseball so much fun these last few years. It was infectious how much you enjoyed the game. Good luck in Miami!

  3. victoria

    If anyone can bring out the best in the Marlins it will be you. As a child growing up at old Comiskey, every year my dad would tell me, Vic, this is going to be the year that the Sox are going to win it all… I waited and hope for it for thirty years. Spring training, 2005 Dad said, I really think this is the year the Sox will win. OZZIE you made so many peoples dreams come true. You were and always will be the very best thing that came to Chicago. We love you.

  4. Patrick

    thanks for the memories in Chicago and thanks for helping the White Sox bring a world series title after 86 long years. still going to root for the White Sox, and will start following the Marlins mostly because of you. good luck Ozzie.

  5. Locote

    I will always respect you OZZIE, ever since I was a kid, I looked up to you and your the reason I am tough in life and baseball. True Fan for a True Player / best coach. I support you, looks like I got to get some Florida Marlins gear now.. I will always be a SOx fan, but IM with you OZZIE! Team OZZIE!

  6. Higher Imagez

    God Bless you and your family Ozzie. Maybe, it was meant to be. Either way, I am with Team Ozzie and will brawl for the cause. Your a true inspiration for a latino. I used to be a shortstop in my hayday. I support you no matter what anyone says. I will go loco for the Ozzie!

  7. Higher Imagez

    Maybe it was meant to be. You will we be missed, but never forgotten. You are big time historical in Chicago for years! Ozzie Ozzie the man with the plan. Good causes. Great man. Take care, enjoy life.

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