Ozzie Guillen Press Conference: Marlins Manager Suspended 5 Games

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2012

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 04:  Manager Ozzie Guillen #13 of the Miami Marlins looks on during Opening Day against the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park on April 4, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is no stranger to controversy. In fact, the former star shortstop seems to welcome the attention he often receives for his brash and outlandish behavior.

This time around he went overboard by showing affection for Fidel Castro—he actually said he "loves" Castro—and he's been suspended for it.

The Marlins have just announced that their new manager will be suspended for five games. Courtesy of Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel:

Ozzie suspended for five games, Marlins announce

— Dave Hyde (@davehydesports) April 10, 2012

Guillen, who was already planning a public apology, will hold a press conference today and wants as many people there as possible. In his own words he said, via USA Today:

I want the people there. I feel very guilty, sad and embarrassed. Anyone who wants to be there, feel free. I want the Cuban people to understand what I'm going to say, because everything I'm going to say is true.

Miami is home to nearly a million Cuban Americans. This is a big deal, and Jon Heyman of CBS echoes that feeling:

Anyone who doesn't believe ozzie's job is in peril and thinks this is just a media thing does not live in miami. this is a BIG deal there

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) April 10, 2012

The Marlins made the right call.

This club built a new stadium, adopted a new logo and look and added a few new big-name players all in an effort to push baseball in South Beach.

Less than a week into the season the Marlins are in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

A suspension is only part of what needs to be done, but it is a start.

Ken Rosenthal reports that bench coach Joey Cora will manage in Guillen's stead.