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Ozzie Guillen to keep most of Marlins’ coaching staff intact

Oct 6, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gestures as Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria listens during news conference in Miami Reuters

Ozzie Guillen brought bench Joey Cora with him from the White Sox to the Marlins, but it looks like the rest of Florida’s coaching staff is going to remain mostly the same under the new manager.

Last week the Marlins announced that hitting coach Eduardo Perez and pitching coach Randy St. Claire would be staying for 2012 and now Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that third base coach Joe Espada and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius will also be retained.

Former bench coach Brandon Hyde lost his gig to Cora and first base coach Perry Hill won’t be coming back in 2012 because of a knee injury.

Meanwhile, back in Chicago pitching coach Don Cooper got a multi-year contract extension and hitting coach Greg Walker stepped down immediately after the season.

  1. Utley's Hair - Oct 6, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    “Ozzie Guillen to keep most of Marlins’ coaching staff intact”

    Any word on the fanbase?

    • addictedzone - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:10 PM

      The fan base based on a ticket sold basis will increase to over 30,000 per game next year and probably closer to 35,000 putting them into the upper half of baseball, but that would have happened with anyone managing. Ozzie likely won’t be worth a ticket as neither the English nor the Spanish speaking fans can translate Ozzie speak.

  2. aceshigh11 - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Ooh, a pic of Ozzie and Scrooge McLoria sitting next to each other.

    Poor Ol’ Gator’s head is gonna explode clean off his shoulders, Scanners-style:

    • Old Gator - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:13 PM

      You don’t know how funny that is – although maybe you do, given that you’ve doubtless noticed my frequent allusions to B, C, D and E-movie lore and dialogue. I had precisely this image in my head watching parts of that press conference on local teevee – except that Ozzie’s head exploded first, and the goo that splattered onto Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua ate away at them like the yellow blood from Alien.

      Subliminal sexuality? Hmmm….never thought of it that way, any more than I think about sex while throwing up.

      • Old Gator - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:15 PM

        PS – another funny thing. I had Marshal McLuhan as a professor during his visiting semester at Fordham University way way way long ago. Let me tell you, the guy whose head bursts in Scanners looks just like him. I can’t help feeling that was deliberate on the director’s part.

      • aceshigh11 - Oct 6, 2011 at 6:09 PM

        Marshal McLuhan?? That’s amazing!

        Have you seen Videodrome?

        David Cronenberg directed both Scanners and Videodrome…and the Brian O’Blivion character from Videodrome is based directly on McLuhan.

        It’s a fascinating film, actually.

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