Originally Posted by WhiteSox5187
Ozzie Guillen was never a player-manager, he was a former player who became a manager.
You are missing the point. There was a time in 2005 when the Sox had injured infielders, and were playing in Oakland, far away from where all of their minor league players were. The Sox were so desperate, Chris Widger started at 3B and Joe Crede started at SS. Later in that game Jermaine Dye was moved to SS to replace an ejected Crede.
At the time KW and OG were quoted as saying that they nearly activated Ozzie in an emergency situation to play infield.
They may have had a hangup as they didn't want to drop someone from the 40 man to add Ozzie. Another hangup may have been how Ozzie retired. If Tampa Bay (who he last played for) still owned his rights, the Sox would have had to make some sort of transaction to get his rights before they could even add him to the 40 man.
If all that had happened, OG would have been the 1st player/manager since Pete Rose in the 80s.