Ozzie Guillen Calls Out Josh Donaldson, Kind Of, We Think

Before I get into Ozzie Guillen telling Josh Donaldson he’s going to be a WWE wrestler someday, you have to understand the backstory as to why the three-time World Series winning manager popped off to begin with.

First, Donaldson hit a homer off White Sox ace Lucas Giolito and then proceeded to make a gesture to the mound while the right-hander had his back turned. Here was Giolito’s response post-game when he found out:

So now that we understand the bad blood, Ozzie Guillen decided to weigh in on the White Sox post game show:

“I respect him as a player,” Guillen said. “A better player than me, better hitter that’s it. Still 600 hits to catch me hitting in the big leagues. “You’re lucky I’m not the manager. If I was the manager you would get hit [by a pitch].

But Guillen wasn’t done. He went on to say Donaldson has a future in another sport, though we’re not quite sure why that would be an insult.

“You were a better player than me, but you’ll never have (flashes three championship rings). You should be ashamed of yourself that Twins paid you all that money to win and they get worse and worse with you. You know what you’re next career will be? The WWE,” the former White Sox World Series champion concluded.

Most of us know baseball games are not won by a singular player, a fact that Guillen is purposely ignoring so he can force Donaldson to stand down. It’s probably not going to work since the “bringer of rain” has an unlimited bag of chips on his shoulder. No amount of trash talk will make the former MVP stand down. NOTHING.

What this is all about

Donaldson’s remarks a few weeks back led to a ban in “sticky” substances and created a sharp drop in spin rates across the sport. The Twins third baseman has since popped off to Giolito and decided to poke fun of the pitcher’s decline in spin, specifically after taking him deep. That behavior ruffled the feathers of Giolito, who insists on a face-to-face conflict, and it didn’t sit well with Guillen, either.

Ozzie Guillen is simply defending one of his own. Since he’s a former White Sox manger, this is a good look and probably bodes well with the White Sox fan base. It is interesting, however, that Tony La Russa hasn’t followed the same logic as Guillen. Why hasn’t he? Just six weeks ago, he was in support of his own player getting hit by a pitch for swinging 3-0 up 17 runs. So now he’s suddenly new school and allows hitters to pop off to his players whenever they’d like? Perhaps people really do change.

There still haven’t been any fireworks as we currently sit in the fifth inning of White Sox-Twins, so maybe we’ll have to wait until Giolito’s next start against Minnesota for a resolution. Seems likely at this point.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. Not sure where to begin with Ozzie but I think Giolito took the right approach. Essentially “say it to my face and your team is in last.” What can JD say to that?

    I’m a huge Blue Jays fan so I’ve been watching JD for some time. He had 2 great seasons in Toronto (2015 MVP) but as soon as the Jays started trending downward he took the Kawhi Leopard approach and suffered from a sore “something” his last contract year, but was magically healed at the trade deadline when a contender came knocking. Plus he was always the little poodle chirping at the other dugout and doing the “hold me back” routine

    Donaldson squeezed out his last payday on what was sure to be a team trending downward and not one to be competing for a playoff spot every year.

  2. What happened to all this let’s have fun pimping homers, talking trash, bat flipping and the “new generation way”? I guess it’s okay for everyone BUT Donaldson? He’s played the same way for 10 years, he will let you know what’s what, and now we’ve got some hurt feelings. Give me a break.

  3. It is good entertainment. That is why we pay them. Knock yourself out baseball players, just not between the 3rd and 7th inning. That is the time period where you have put me to sleep, when I wake from my nap, I hope I haven’t missed a HBP. I haven’t seen a good Billy Martin or Earl Weaver umpire confrontation in 30 years. I remember when baseball was fun and worth watching. I do look forward to more transgender catchers so to speak. I also want more transgender in the WNBA as well. Watching the destruction of our society is great sport. It is well underway. There is no fun left in anything. The Communist Democrats have ruined everything. Baseball ruined itself. Bring back the manager kicking dirt on home plate. I remember when baseball and America at large were fun.

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