Manager Ozzie Guillen was fired by the Miami Marlins after one season on the job, undone by too many losses and one too many ill-advised remarks.
MIAMI — The lingering backlash caused by Ozzie Guillen’s praise of Fidel Castro contributed to another Miami Marlins managerial shake-up Tuesday.
Guillen was fired after one season with the team, undone by too many losses and one too many ill-advised remarks.
A promising season began to derail in April with his laudatory comments about Cuba’s former leader in an interview. Six months later, the episode was a factor in the decision to fire Guillen, Marlins officials said.
“Let’s face it: It was not a positive for the team; it was not a positive for Ozzie,” president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. “It was a disappointment, no doubt about it.”
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A lousy team didn’t help. The Marlins took high hopes into their new ballpark after an offseason spending spree but finished last in the National League East at 69-93, their worst record since 1999.
On Twitter, the 48-year-old Guillen said the firing left him with “my head held up high, real high.”
Miami’s next manager will be the fifth for owner Jeffrey Loria since early 2010. The latest change comes even though ex-Chicago White Sox manager Guillen is owed $7.5 million for the three years left on his contract.
“We all felt we had a pretty good ballclub coming out of spring training, and we just didn’t play well,” Beinfest said. “We all share in this. This is not a fun day for me, certainly not for Ozzie or Jeffrey or anybody involved. This is an organizational failure. But we felt like we needed to make this change so we could move forward.”
Bench coach Joey Cora, 47, an ex-Mariner, reportedly also was dismissed.
Farrell in ‘epicenter’
BOSTON — John Farrell, previously Toronto’s skipper, was introduced as manager of the Boston Red Sox at a news conference where he called Boston “the epicenter” of baseball.
Farrell, Boston’s pitching coach from 2007 to 2010, replaces the fired Bobby Valentine, who was 69-93 in his only season on the job.
Farrell, 50, has a three-year contract. He said he won’t take for granted his relationships with players.
“I will work my butt off to earn their trust, to earn their respect … ” he said.
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Robert Pawlisz, New Lenox deputy chief, said officers found Fisk, 64, behind the wheel late Monday with an open bottle of vodka on the truck’s floor.