After a tumultuous season, the Miami Marlins have decided to fire manager Ozzie Guillen after his first season with the club. Guillen joined the team prior to the 2012 season when he was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in-exchange for two minor league players.
Guillen came into the Marlins club along with other high-priced free agents Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell ready to take the club to the next level and propel them into the playoffs. However, Guillen had continuous trouble moving Hanley Ramirez to third base, then he brought negative press to the franchise making outlandish comments about Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
If that was not enough, the Marlins were hot going into June and were challenging for the top spot in the National League East. Eight wins and 21 losses later, the team descended into the bottom of the pit in the division. In the final months of the season, the Marlins were 22-37 and finished with a 69-93 record. The team looked lost
Guillen ended up managing the team that had no momentum. Ramirez would be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers and valuable players like Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante were both shipped to the Detroit Tigers.
Toward the end of the season, Guillen also commented on the Yunel Escobar situation in Toronto saying, “I know he didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings.”
Bell, recently traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, also had a spat with Guillen. Bell said it was hard to respect his manager. A provoked Guillen retaliated:
“It was my turn this week. Last week it was somebody else, the pitching coach. The week before it was the catchers, and the week before that it was the scouting report. When all these things pile up, then you don’t have respect for someone. When you read every week, it’s another [excuse], another, another … all kind of stuff. You have to have principles. You have to look yourself in the mirror and blame yourself.”
When the season finally concluded, it was almost a fact that Guillen would lose his job and Tuesday, it became reality. The Marlins now have another search to do to find someone more low-key and reverent than Guillen was.
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