It only took the Miami Marlins one season to realize that Ozzie Guillen was not the answer as the organization fired the controversial manager on Tuesday. There were numerous factors behind the team’s decision to part ways with Guillen this quickly, but when taking a closer look–it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
Guillen has been no stranger to controversial comments throughout his career and when he made comments about Fidel Castro back in April–that should have been a major sign from the start that hiring him as manager was a mistake. Not only did Miami finish with a 69-93 record to place them at the bottom of the NL East, but it was the team’s worst record dating back to the 1999 season.
The Marlins haven’t been to the playoffs since 2003 when they defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series and considering all of the big-name moves they made during the offseason–2012 was nothing but a year of frustration and disappointment for Miami. This team just couldn’t find a way to get anything consistent going during the regular season and it should be interesting to see who takes over the role of manager in 2013.
While firing Guillen was the first step in the right direction for the Marlins when it comes to bouncing back from last season, it still hurts to know they still have to shed $7.5 million he was scheduled to make over the next three seasons.
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