Jose Guillen has been a solid hitter throughout his 10-year major league career, but there’s another reason he’s now playing for his eighth big-league team.
A passionate man with strong feelings, Guillen has had run-ins with many of his managers and more than a few teammates – and Seattle Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said he’s ready for that aspect of his right fielder.
"Some times you have a good player, and what makes him good is a passion that can erupt," Hargrove said. "Jose is like that, and he has a lot of talent. You have to expect at some point during a season, you’ll see that side of him, that passion.
"I know a bit about his past, but until it happens here, he has a clean slate with me. If he wants to come into my office and yell at me, I’m fine with that – as long as he closes the door."
Hargrove has managed his share of characters, from Manny Ramirez to Albert Belle and Carl Everett. Lessons he learned as a player have served him as a manager.
"You don’t take it personally, because very rarely is it personal," Hargrove said of confrontations. You take it for what it is, you deal with it and get through it."
Some managers do take it personally, and follow up on any tirade by trying to bury the player involved.
"You try to bury a good player on your team, you better dig the hole big enough for you to crawl in next to him," Hargrove said.
Guillen has been a model citizen in camp.