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Guillen's mouth has him in trouble again; Marlins suspend manager

Ozzie Guillen may be on the hot seat after latest remarks

By Brandon Swanson
On April 18, 2012

Ozzie Guillen has himself in trouble yet again. Not even a week into his new managerial job with the Miami Marlins and he already has been hit with a five game suspension. Guillen has always been known to be a guy who likes to run his mouth. Unfortunately, he rarely has a filter for what comes out. When Guillen was with the White Sox he found himself having plenty of rants in front of the media. He even threw his General Manager at the time, Kenny Williams, under the bus. However, for Guillen these most recent comments may be worse than anything he ever did while in Chicago. In the first week of the season Guillen said how he "loves" Fidel Castro, the longtime dictator in Cuba.

He went on to say, "You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that (expletive) is still there." These comments would bring a violent backlash from the people in the community. Unfortunately for Guillen, many Cuban exiles live in the area and had to go through very difficult times under Castro. They are lucky to be alive, and he hit home with all of them, but in a negative way. There were protests outside the Marlins new ballpark in Little Havana. Many protestors were holding up signs showing their hatred for Guillen and several were asking for him to be fired. It did not take long for management to come out and say how Guillen's comments are solely his own and the Marlins management does not back up the comments. Guillen, of course, was soon after suspended by the Marlins front office and the suspension is lasting five games. Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, publicly backed the suspension of Guillen. Guillen of course very quickly went on the record in a press conference to apologize to the people of Miami and the fans of the Marlins. However, it was not met with very happy responses. Guillen said, "I am here on my knees.

I am here to say I'm sorry with my heart in my hands...." Even after Guillen's apology, no matter how sorry he may have seemed it did not bring a lot of closure to many people in the Miami area. "His colors were shown to us! He cannot hide them with new paint!" shouted Yanire Perez, who said she lived two blocks away. J ay Fe r n a n d e z , 6 8 , w a s carrying a picket sign which said, "Fire Him Now" and "Do You Still Keep Guillen if he had said I Love Hitler?" It is very obvious that people are still very unhappy with Guillen after the hurtful comments that he made. It seems obvious that Guillen will never be able to be the public figure or icon that the Marlins front office wanted him to be. He will never be the guy who draws in fans and increases ticket sales. Guillen was signed by the Marlins to a four year contract. It is very possible that if he continues to make statements such as the most recent one, he will see that contract end prematurely. I think that it is very possible that Guillen will make at least one more stupid comment by the time the season is over. Guillen's first controversial comment of the season and as the Marlins manager came before we were even a week into the season.

Ozzie cannot be trusted to keep his mouth shut because he always wants to say something that he knows is bad, but he says it just to see the reactions he gets. I do not want to say that Guillen will be fired by the end of the season, but it is a very real possibility. If he has another inappropriate comment or comes out with an uncontrollable rant I believe that the Marlins will have to fire him. This team is trying to start off on the right foot with a new stadium and a new look team. They do not need a guy like Guillen as their leader. Obviously he has shown that he cannot be a leader at all. If Guillen were to be cut loose by the team I think he would be out of baseball for a while because I would hope that other teams are smart enough to not put a poison into their clubhouse to negatively affect their players and potentially bring a downfall to their team. Ozzie may never coach in baseball again because of his attitude and his mouth. Guillen needs to remember that this is a sport that so many people watch and he cannot just say whatever he wants and get away with it. This may be the start of Ozzie's downfall in Miami.

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