Ozzie Guillen Dismissed as Manager by the Miami Marlins
The Ozzie Guillen Era in Miami did not last long. One season, to be exact.
The handful of Cubans who wanted him fired for his Fidel Castro comments got their wish. They just had to wait a few months.
The Marlins were dreadful in a season that had sky high expectations and a Showtime crew following them around. The result was the fourth-worst season in the franchise history, veterans dumped and a lot of empty seats in a new stadium with fish behind home plate.
Heads were bound to roll. According to the Associated Press, Guillen spread the blame around. "Let's start from the top. The front office failed, Ozzie failed, the coaching staff failed, the players failed, everybody failed," he said after the season ended.
He might be right but the front office was not about to fire themselves.
Ozzie Guillen was fired, despite having $7.5 million and three years remaining on his contract.
Ozzie Guillen, like Joe Girardi before him, was a one-and-done manager in Florida. The merry-go-round of skippers in South Florida has been so active that 1980s era George Steinbrenner would have been proud.
The Marlins have played 20 seasons in the National League. They have had 10 managers. Two of them, John Boles and Jack McKeon, had multiple tours of duty with the team.
And that count of 10 managers does not count interim skippers Cookie Rojas nor Brandon Hyde, who managed a game each.
In that time the Marlins remain the only franchise in baseball to have never lost a postseason series, winning all three rounds en route to the 1997 and 2003 World Series titles.
They also average a managerial change every other year.
Jeffrey Loria, owner of the Marlins, will no doubt continue his proud tradition of cutting back salaries and replacing managers. And along the way, the Marlins will probably stumble into another World Series and win it.
The Ozzie Era was interesting but short-lived. Whoever is the next manager of the Marlins should rent, not buy a house.
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