Marlins fire Guillen after one year
The move officially ends a tumultuous 13-month relationship between Guillen and the Marlins, who last September inked the skipper to a four-year deal after the Chicago White Sox let him out of the final year of his contract there.
However, despite a spending spree last winter that brought in several high-profile free agents, the Marlins were just 69-93 this past season, with the oft-controversial Guillen causing as many headlines off the field as on it.
Guillen was suspended for five games during the season for comments about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro that alienated him with the heavy Latino population in Miami, and he feuded with the since-traded Heath Bell late in the year after the deposed closer made comments implying a lack of respect toward his manager.
“After careful consideration following the disappointment of the 2012 season, we decided to dismiss Ozzie,” said Marlins president Larry Beinfest in a statement released by the team. “Our managerial search begins immediately and our hope is that a new manager, along with roster improvements, will restore a winning culture.”
His fate had been in question since the day after the season ended, when ESPN’s Buster Olney Tweeted that the organization was “actively seeking a replacement” for Guillen; it is now sealed, although the Marlins will still owe Guillen $7.5 million for the three years remaining on his contract.
Guillen’s dismissal makes him the fourth MLB manager to be fired (and sixth overall to be replaced) since Houston dismissed Brad Mills on August 18; Cleveland’s Manny Acta (September 27) and Boston’s Bobby Valentine (October 4) have both been let go, Jim Tracy resigned as Colorado Rockies manager on October 7, and the sixth vacancy was created last week when the Red Sox and Blue Jays agreed to a deal that would allow Jays manager John Farrell to leave Toronto and replace Valentine in Beantown.
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