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Ozzie Guillen fired as Miami Marlins manager

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

As of Tuesday, the Miami Marlins are without a manager because Ozzie Guillen has been fired after one year in the position.

''After careful consideration following the disappointment of the 2012 season, we decided to dismiss Ozzie,'' president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said, according to Fox. ''Our managerial search begins immediately and our hope is that a new manager, along with roster improvements, will restore a winning culture.''

Guillen created a stir in April with his comments praising Fidel Castro. This angered Cuban-Americans, and Venezuelan native Guillen apologized.

''That was a very, very hard situation for me and the people around me,'' Guillen said in September. ''It was maybe the worst thing I ever did.''

His dismissal will require the team to look for its sixth manager in two years.

However, the Marlins still owe Guillen over $7 million, according to his contract, which still has three years on it.

The Marlins have ranked in last place this season.

''With the job I did this year, do you think I deserve to be back here?'' Guillen said on the final day of the season. ''Of course not. But I'm not the only one. ... Let's start from the top. The front office failed, Ozzie failed, the coaching staff failed, the players failed, everybody failed.''

The Sun Sentinel reported that, in September, Guillen expected to return as the team’s manager.

"Of course I do. 100 percent. I think I know what I'm doing, I know what I can do. I'm not afraid of this job, and I love the challenge. I like to fight, I like to figure out how we're going to do it,” he said at the time.

 
 

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