The Miami Marlins fired Ozzie Guillen on Tuesday after one embarrassing 69-win season.
Much as was the case with Bobby Valentine and the Boston Red Sox, Guillen and the Marlins got off on the wrong foot right off the bat, and things only got progressively worse as the season moved along. When it was all said and done, despite all of Miami’s summer spending and early enthusiasm, the team stumbled to a last place NL East finish.
''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 (via Fox Sports).
'Our managerial search begins immediately and our hope is that a new manager, along with roster improvements, will restore a winning culture.''
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Miami will still need to pay Guillen the $7.5 million he has left on his contract, however, that would have been the case no matter what. At least this way they can build fresh with a new manager – preferably one who doesn’t view men that the Cuban community universally reviles as personal heroes.
(Kudos Fox Sports)