Former White Sox GM Roland Hemond said that after trading for Ozzie Guillen in 1984, he was nervous.
“I enlisted Jerry (Krause) to go find the best shortstop he could in the Triple-A ranks, and maybe we could make a trade and bring in a shortstop that we thought we needed,” Hemond said at Sunday night’s Pitch & Hit Club banquet. “He watched Ozzie Guillen for a week in Las Vegas. And every day (Krause) would call me and say, ‘That little guy can play.’ I never asked how much he weighed or anything, as long as Jerry said he could play.
“We traded LaMarr Hoyt for Ozzie Guillen, sight unseen on my part. When Ozzie showed up at spring training straight from Venezuela, and I was told he was in the clubhouse, I went down to greet him and give him a good handshake. And he was sitting at the training table … with his shirt off and his baseball trousers on. I looked at that skinny kid, and I said, ‘Oh, I am so happy to have you here.’ Then I went into the office and said, ‘I’m scared. I think we just signed a jockey.’ Anyway, he became the Rookie of the Year.”
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