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Ozzie took his tirade too far this time

Ozzie took his tirade too far this time
The consensus around baseball is that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was out of line. As Mets closer Billy Wagner might say, "Shocker."

Guillen often is out of line. The difference Sunday is that he not only threw his players, general manager Ken Williams and hitting coach Greg Walker under the bus, but all but got behind the wheel and hit the accelerator.

While the White Sox were in first place. After they lost three of four on the road to the red-hot Rays. In a 24-7 media environment that makes Guillen's criticisms seem that much more shrill.

This is the world the White Sox created, the world they have tolerated, the world that is destined to end with Guillen unemployed. Maybe not this time, but before Guillen's contract expires in 2012, that's for sure.

At least one rival executive in the American League Central banks on Guillen's volatility when assessing the White Sox, believing that the various Ozzie-related controversies drain the team. It's becoming difficult to argue the point, whatever Guillen's merits as a manager.

The White Sox probably would be better today if they fired Guillen and replaced him with bench coach Joey Cora, a far more stable personality. But owner Jerry Reinsdorf, one of the most loyal people in sports, is unlikely to make such a move. And so the circus will continue.

Guillen was speaking out of frustration Sunday, speaking — as always — from his heart. He is one of the game's most compelling figures, totally passionate, a complete original. But he needs to apologize Tuesday — to his players, to Walker and to Williams.

Then, once and for all, he needs to tone it down.

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