Marlins Fire Ozzie Guillen

Ozzie Guillen’s first season in Miami began with high-priced free agent additions, new uniforms, an eye-catching stadium and even a reality show. There was considerable optimism that this would be the Marlins' year. But after a 93-loss season that featured a controversy or two along the way, the outspoken manager has lost his job. The Marlins fired Guillen today, nearly three weeks after he managed his final regular season game with the team.

Guillen had three years and $7.5MM remaining on his contract with Miami. The Marlins, who acquired Guillen from the White Sox a year ago, finished the 2012 season 69-93, last in the NL East. They'll now seek a replacement for Guillen and complete the transition they've been mulling for weeksMike Lowell's name has come up in connection with the Marlins, but he won't be considered, the Miami Herald reported early in October.

Guillen made controversial comments about Fidel Castro early in April, as his team played to an 8-14 record. Later in the season Guillen and Heath Bell publicly debated the manager’s decision to remove Bell from the closer’s role. Bell has since been traded, but evidently the deal didn’t affect Guillen’s job security.

Guillen, a 16-year MLB veteran who made three All-Star teams as a player, managed the White Sox for eight seasons before joining the Marlins. He led the White Sox to a World Series title in 2005 and compiled a total record of 678-617 in Chicago.

Bench coach Joey Cora has also been dismissed, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). 


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78 Comments on "Marlins Fire Ozzie Guillen"


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2 years 9 months ago

WHOA. Worst. FRONT. OFFICE.EVER

2 years 9 months ago

Ozzie had to go. I’m a Marlins fan who watched EVERY game this season, don’t ask me how, and his management of games was terrible. They always say it’s just “Ozzie being Ozzie”, but it’s just a crappy excuse for his inability to manage this team.

2 years 9 months ago

Surely working with such stars like Brian Peterson, Donovan Solano, Greg Dobbs, Austin Kearns, Gil Velazquez and the list goes on would obviously mean you could win the NL East. Yup it was definitely his managing that had a bunch of big contracts that underperform and a bunch of guys that are no where close to being major leaguers.

FS54
2 years 9 months ago

Stanton, Ramirez, Reyes, Buehrle, and Bell among others.

vtadave
2 years 9 months ago

Bell?

FS54
2 years 9 months ago

I believe he might have rebounded a little if he was working under a different coach.

HankinColorado
2 years 9 months ago

Every game? May I suggest therapy?

crashcameron
2 years 9 months ago

162 x 9 innings of looking at those clown unis! sympathy

Casor_Greener
2 years 9 months ago

That may be so, but firing Ozzie doesn’t hurt their cause of getting better

The Data
2 years 9 months ago

Yes. But trading for and hiring him in the first place was a bigger mistake than firing him.

Oriolesfan90
2 years 9 months ago

That sums up Jeffrey Loria.

Jesus
2 years 9 months ago

blue jays!!!!! hahahah he would be a riot with the kids

crashcameron
2 years 9 months ago

especially with the Cuban shortstops. wonder what Ozzie would concoct for Escobar’s eyeshades?!

CandyMaldonadoLand
2 years 9 months ago

I thought they’d try to repair the relationship with him and the team after the trade of Bell.

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
2 years 9 months ago

Guillen had three years and $7.5MM remaining on his contract with Miami. Bench coach Joey Cora has also been dismissed.
I guess this is going to cost Loria a few paintings?

NomarGarciaparra
2 years 9 months ago

I had problems understanding why they even hired him in the first place. Worse, they traded players for him!

the_show
2 years 9 months ago

This is hilarious, Ozzie is finally done

Let_My_Cameron_Go
2 years 9 months ago

Bobby Valentine… Come on down!

JacobyWanKenobi
2 years 9 months ago

That explains the “Gone Fishin'” sign outside of his house.

Rabbitov
2 years 9 months ago

The Marlins overbid.

iTarget Designs
2 years 9 months ago

Don’t forget the “no cycling” clause in his contract…

Goat_Rider
2 years 9 months ago

I don’t know how it happened, but this actually surprised me a little with Bell being moved and a continued shake-up on the horizon. I have always been a supporter of the Marlins with two “creative” WS wins in a bad market. At this point, you have to consider this franchise a blight upon the league. I’m ready for some contraction talks.

owlnut
2 years 9 months ago

Once he made his statement about Castro, his days were numbered.

crystomint
2 years 9 months ago

It wasn’t the Castro comments, even though they certainly did put him on thin ice. It’s fine and dandy to praise Castro, but it’s not ok for Ozzie to criticize the petulant manchild of an owner (which was really what numbered his days. Just ask Joe Girardi.)

Infield Fly
2 years 9 months ago

It’s fine and dandy to praise Castro, but it’s not ok for Ozzie to criticize the petulant manchild of an owner…

Classic characterization of Loria (and true enough about the Castro incident).

corey23
2 years 9 months ago

Yea they’ll probably contract them, you know since they just helped them build that stadium. I don’t blame the ownership for shipping out hanley, guillen AND bell, you don’t need those types of people around. But they need to get someone in charge over there who has a plan for long term success and follow it through.

crystomint
2 years 9 months ago

Worst case scenario for Loria (which also happens to be the best case scenario for the team) is that Loria gets ousted McCourt-style by the MLB. (Depending on how the SEC investigation goes, this could actually become a reality.) Then someone who’s actually committed to turning the Marlins into a winning team can buy the team.

2 years 9 months ago

Thought there was a chance he’d be staying since they got rid of Heath Bell so quickly… guess not. I wish they’d just let Stanton go and play for a decent team rather than having to watch everyone around him disappear.

stl_cards16
2 years 9 months ago

I’m not a fan of the way the Marlins do business, but I can’t really call trading Bell and firing Guillen bad for the team.

Lunchbox45
2 years 9 months ago

after you JUST traded for him and gave him a 4 year deal.

The front office just lacks all aspects of any sort of planning or long term vision

rundmc1981
2 years 9 months ago

Well, let’s see, they’re still paying Bell to play against them. Not that Bell is what he was when he called Petco home, but he’s not serving up taters either. Call me old school if I actually want to see and benefit from what I’m paying for.

bigpat
2 years 9 months ago

wow, just wow…

I don’t think he’s a good coach but still. They backed him all of last season and gave him a four year deal and jump ship after one year. So much for bringing excitement back to the Marlins. This team is a joke. They should just put Reyes on the market since they probably won’t win the next few years anyways.

rundmc1981
2 years 9 months ago

Too proud for that to happen. Someone will have to open up the coffers to get to Johnson, Stanton or Reyes. They’re disillusioned at thinking they actually have a chance at winning. I blame the centerfield monstrosity.

safari_punch
2 years 9 months ago

LOL Since when did the Marlins not have fire sales in the past when things went south?

WNYMetsfan03
2 years 9 months ago

Wow, Miami really is the worst

jwsox
2 years 9 months ago

Thanks for 05 Ozzie. But honestly you have lost it. And probably won’t find an MLB job. See ya

Tesseract
2 years 9 months ago

Woa that escalated quickly….. Ron Burgundy Face

2 years 9 months ago

I hope the Jays get him, he makes a hell of a press conference.

lefty58
2 years 9 months ago

Bad hire to begin with.

vtadave
2 years 9 months ago

He’s probably done, but should MLB ever expand internationally and give Havana a franchise….

$4555515
2 years 9 months ago

marlins should try to hire a-rod to manage there club

thekidfromyesterday
2 years 9 months ago

Who else will they get rid of they truly are the most interesting team in the offseason

Karkat
2 years 9 months ago

Shine on, you crazy diamond. I’m looking forward to seeing where the Ozzie Show goes next.

2 years 9 months ago

Saturday pre/post-analysis on FOX. Should be entertaining.

2 years 9 months ago

How does Larry Bienfest have a job while I am typing this. That is what I’d like to know.

crystomint
2 years 9 months ago

It most certainly involves acts unfit for discussion on this website.