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Buh-bye Ozzie!

Ozzie Guillen goes buh-bye from the Marlins. He can go cry on fidel's shoulder now about how mean and nasty the gusanos and "hard-liners" are in Miami...

Ozzie Guillen's dream job came to an end Tuesday when the Miami Marlins fired him as manager after one season.

Guillen, 48, had three years and $7.5 million remaining on his contract.

"After careful consideration following the disappointment of the 2012 season, we decided to dismiss Ozzie," Marlins president Larry Beinfest said in a statement. "Our hope is that a new manager, along with roster improvements, will restore a winning culture."

The Marlins entered 2012 expecting to contend for a World Series title. In addition to opening a new stadium, they added Guilling and spent $191 million on free agents Jose Reyes, Mark Buerhle and Heath Bell.

However, the team was flop almost from the moment the season started and finished last in the NL East with a 69-93 record. Along the way, Guillen ran into one controversy after another.

The season was barely a week old when he drew the ire of many locals by saying in a Time magazine article: "I love Fidel Castro. ... I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but (he) is still here."

The Venezuelan-born Guillen, who has lived in the Miami area for the last 12 years, apologized for the comments and tried to clarify them before finally being suspended for five games by the Marlins.

He also sparred with opponents -- calling rookie sensation Bryce Harper "unprofessional" -- and his players, with reliever Heath Bell saying in September that the Marlins needed a manager "that everybody respects and looks up to."

Like Guilen, Bell was also cut loose recently, traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday with the Marlins agreeing to pay $8 million remaining on his contract.

The Marlins traded for Guillen from the Chicago White Sox at the end of last season for minor leaguers Jhan Mariñez and Osvaldo Martínez. Guillen had a 678-617 record in eight seasons on the South Side, winning a World Series in 2005.

8 comments to Buh-bye Ozzie!

  • FreedomForCuba

    Every dog has his day, hasta la vista commiemierda...

  • Fuzzy_Bunny

    So he's gone, well and good, but I bet Ozzie is crying all the way to the bank.

    "The Marlins still owe Guillen $7.5 million for the three years remaining on his contract."

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8543189/ozzie-guillen-fired-manager-miami-marlins

  • Rayarena

    No doubt, Lisandro Perez, Susan Eckstein, and other Cuba experts, will use Ozzie's dismal to again hammer in how intolerant "those people" are. Little does it matter that for less offenses against other groups, many people in the limelight have been fired. But you know how it is. Cuban exiles [aka, "those people"] have to suck everything.

  • asombra

    His firing has nothing to do with Cubans, and if the team had done well enough under him, he wouldn't be fired even if he shot off his mouth again about admiring Fidel. The people who really should be fired are the local politicians who colluded with the Marlins to stick Miami taxpayers with a completely unnecessary expense for a totally dispensable amusement. I don’t even care whether they have a winning season or not, though obviously having a losing one adds insult to injury. Pro sports are games played by rich (and often very spoiled) adult men, and they’re a primarily a business—a business that does NOT, under any circumstances, deserve to be subsidized by anybody who does not wish to do so. I don’t want a penny of my money going to any pro sports venture without my consent, period. Putting this Ozzie jerk in charge was a bad idea from the get-go, but then again, when you enable an outfit like the Marlins as much as they’ve been enabled, this is the kind of shit you can expect. The Marlins people probably have no more respect for the Cuban community than the Herald people, despite hollow lip service for PR. Good riddance to Guillén, but Miami's still stuck with a burden which, on balance, will probably never be worth the cost. Seriously, people need to grow up already.

  • Rayarena

    I know that Ozzie's dismal has nothing to do with Cuban exiles, but that won't stop the "Cuba experts" from making the false accusation anyway. In any case, everything that you said, Asombra, is on-the-dime. More insult-to-injury. Now we have to pay this Ozzie guy several million in tax dollars until his contract is up. Heads should roll for this.

    In the end, we Cuban exiles are responsible. We really drop the ball all of the time. In a city that we practically own, we have:

    -a newspaper [the Miami Herald] that villifies us.
    -an archdiocese that doesn't respect us and plays footsy with the regime
    -a baseball team that hires an asshole that insults our sensitvities
    -and we have a city government that contracts a Brazilian company that does business with castro.
    -Oh, and lets not forget, a university that invites regime agents to conferences, etc..
    -Finally, our "unofficial first family" [barf] [the Estefans]:

    -hire Che admiring assholes to record CDs
    -Organize million dollar fundraisers for Obama
    -And routinely attack the exile community as intolerant [during the Miami Grammy and MEDEM controvery]