Florida Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen out after first year with team
FILE - This April 10, 2012 file photo shows Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen gesturing at a news conference about comments he made about Fidel Castro at Marlins Stadium in Miami. Guillen has been fired after one year as manager of the last-place Marlins, whose promising season began to derail in April when his laudatory comments about Fidel Castro caused a backlash. The Marlins announced the firing Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »
Ozzie Guillen was fired yesterday after one year as manager of the last-place Miami Marlins, whose promising season began to derail in April when his laudatory comments about Fidel Castro caused a backlash.
Miami’s next manager will be the fifth for owner Jeffrey Loria since early 2010. Two managers he fired made the playoffs this year. The Marlins still owe Guillen $7.5 million for the three years remaining on his contract.
“After careful consideration following the disappointment of the 2012 season, we decided to dismiss Ozzie,” president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said in a statement.
The franchise was supposedly transformed by an offseason spending spree and the move into a new ballpark.
In spring training, Guillen touted his team as well balanced and ready to win. But a dismal June took the Marlins out of contention for good.