Reinsdorf releases statement on Guillen's departure

Jake Peavy and Ozzie Guillen have conflicting accounts regarding the last days of the former White Sox manager, so Jerry Reinsdorf decided to step in with a statement that likely aims to cut off a pointless argument before it bleeds into SoxFest.

"Regarding Ozzie Guillen’s departure as White Sox manager last September, I want to make it clear that he left with our organization’s blessing and at my urging. Ozzie told me he wanted to finish out the year, the Marlins really wanted him in Miami for the conclusion of the season, and I told him that he had no choice but to go given the excitement surrounding the opening of their new stadium and the unveiling of their new uniforms. Ozzie needed to be in Miami at the end of the season for the Marlins.

"We will always be grateful for the 21 seasons Ozzie spent in a White Sox uniform as a player and coach, especially his role in helping us win the 2005 World Series championship. We wish him nothing but the best."

That seems to address the key point of contention. Peavy didn't explicitly say Guillen quit on the team, but he left his early departure open to interpretation. Reinsdorf is saying it wasn't Guillen's idea to leave the Sox with two games left, but he also splashes in some enthusiastic language to imply the Sox had reasons to accommodate him so willingly.

Both sides appear to get something out of the statement, and hopefully this answers everything (except the questions about tampering!).

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