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  • June 22nd, 2012

    Book Review: Ozzie’s School of Management:
    Lessons from The Dugout, The Clubhouse, and
    The Doghouse, by Rick Morrissey.

    Posted by Christine E. at 1:18 pm in Baseball,Book Reviews No Comments

    OzziesSchoolWhen I was asked to review Ozzie’s School of Management for BRT, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to get a glimpse into the craziness that is the larger than life Ozzie Guillen…

    What I was expecting was certainly not what I got. I expected a biographical tome, chronicling all the madness and controversy that Ozzie is known for.

    Make no mistake: I  haven’t  read a book in recent memory that was so filled with colorful and sometimes obscene language that Guillen and his brood are known for; and there is certainly enough controversy to last a lifetime, but that is not the focus.

    The focus of Ozzie’s School of Management is the exceptional baseball mind, and the impressive, and a lot of the time, unorthodox, management style that Ozzie Guillen uses, often with great success…

    In Ozzie’s School of Management, Morrissey breaks this style down into Guillen’s “10 Commandments of Managing” which range from the more mainstream:  Find a Mentor and Promote Serenity in the Workplace to the more unique: Protect Your Employees from the Barbarians, and It’s Better to be the Matador Than the Bull (Usually).   He then proceeds to offer an explanation of each, with quotes from Ozzie, and real world examples of each commandment in play.  I’ts clear that Ozzie uses his experiences as a ballplayer to help him better connect with his players, which helps him to be  one of the better skippers in Major League Baseball…

    While the book got a bit dry and repetitive in spots, and probably could have been about 30 pages shorter, it’s well -researched, and captures the spirit of this complex man, without alienating the reader. Ozzie’s School of Management is a more than competent inaugural effort for the sportswriter turned novelist, Rick Morrissey…

    Available where all good books are sold, Ozzie’s School of Management: Lessons from the Dugout, The Clubhouse, and The Doghouse, is an insightful read into one of the most unusual characters in baseball. But it’s definitely an adult book, and not for the faint of heart because of the language. Check it out!

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