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Ken Rosenthal thinks Ozzie Guillen should be suspended for 30 days

Apr 9, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal tackles the Ozzie Guillen/Fidel Castro dustup and, early on, says this:

I normally cringe at politically correct overreactions, particularly in response to mindless, preposterous remarks from people who are just spouting off. But …

So you can guess where that’s going: a politically correct overreaction.

Rosenthal calls Guillen’s Castro comments “about as extreme and insensitive as it gets,” and then says that the Marlins should suspend him for 30 days.*  Which is frankly crazy.  Even just the first part, because I can think of A LOT of things that would be more extreme and insensitive than what Guillen said.  I mean, really, has anyone asked Luke Scott about the Trayvon Martin shooting yet?  That could be fun.

Seriously, though, two of the longest suspensions in major league history were 30 days each. They were handed out to Pete Rose and Lenny Randle.  You probably remember Rose’s — he shoved an umpire — but you may not remember Randle.  He was an infielder for the Rangers. In 1977 he approached Rangers’ manager Frank Lucchesi before a spring training game and punched Lucchesi in the face, fracturing his cheekbone in three places. Lucchesi required plastic surgery to repair the damage. Thirty days.

In 2004, reliever Frank Francisco assaulted a fan with a chair and broke her nose. He got a 16 game suspension. Kenny Rogers once assaulted a cameraman. He got 20 games. There have been countless players and managers who have (a) gotten DUIs; or (b) gotten in fights; or in some cases even (c) assaulted their wives or girlfriends, and they didn’t get 30 days, even if they got a suspension at all.

Against that backdrop, is it really reasonable to think that Ozzie Guillen should be suspended for 30 days simply because he voiced an unpopular and rather dumb political opinion?  Isn’t that … a bit of an overreaction?

*It wasn’t noted when this first went up, but should have been: Rosenthal doesn’t think Guillen will get 30 days. He says a week is more realistic.

  1. dlindstedt2 - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    So you want to suspend a man, for telling people who is respects? Sure the figure he respects is controversial, but you want to suspend him for this? Interesting, whats next, “Ozzie Guillen eats Chinese food, declares it to be the best in the world”… Rosenthal wants Guillen suspended because he is in American and U! S! A!…

    This is just ridiculous.

  2. danandcasey - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    I am generally against any type of punishment for speech – I think a person has the right to say anything stupid they want to say (example – I feel I have the right to post comments on HBT from time to time). That being said, to the extent that the Marlins believe that Ozzie’s comments created a PR problem with the Cuban community in Miami, I could see some type of fine being levied, with the Marlins donating the $ to some Cuban community cause. That way, the Marlins can give the public perception that the organization does not support Ozzie’s views and maybe send a message to Ozzie to think before he speaks (OK – I know that last part is not happening). But – suspension? I don’t think so.

  3. pike573 - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    People really care about this? He’s a baseball manager, I could give a corn filled crap about who he respects.

    • natstowngreg - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      Unfortunately, some do care about it because Ozzie is a public figure. Just as some care about pro jocks’ presidential endorsements. Pro jocks only get my attention (whatever I think of their politics) if they enter the arena and run for office. See, among others, Jack Kemp, Bill Bradley, Steve Largent, Jim Bunning.

      Suspend Ozzie for exercising his right to make a fool of himself? No way.

      • The Rabbit - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

        @nats I agree with you regarding statements of “public figures”.
        You have summed up the problem with the American sheep….er public and the media who pander to it.
        From the rise of social media (Facebook, Twitter) to inane reality TV where not particularly bright or talented people have a forum, we’ve created a culture where the sheep think what everyone says is somehow important…and the “Always Look for a Reason to be Outraged” industrial complex swings into action. (apologies to Craig for paraphrasing. It was a great line.)
        Drives me crazy and it’s a short trip.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Craig’s 71″ LED screen lit up with Tiffany’s face. She was apparently holding a few index cards. “Hi Craig, I got your messages, you wanted to add a topic for the next HBT Extra? Ozzie and the political overreaction?”

    Craig was sitting in his high chair as usual puffing away bubbles from his pipe. Shifting his collar on his Braves bathrobe just a bit he explained. “Of course Tiffany, Ozzie is a fountain of great press given the sheer inanities he tends to utter. In this occasion we have reason to cut him slack due to the general media’s over-reaction. They’re almost rioting down in Miami over his Castro comments.”

    “Oh I agree, they’ve gone a bit overboard. I mean yes, the comments are not good but he did apologize. They should just move on.” Tiffany reordered some of her index cards to include Ozzie’s in her batch.

    “And now Rosenthal is pushing for a 30-game suspension of Guillen. Outrageous.”
    Craig was now gesturing a little with his bubble pipe, as if to indict an invisible Rosenthal sitting in front of him.

    “Well… anyone can overreact if you push the right buttons,” Tiffany said watching Craig carefully.

    “Not me,” Craig said sitting back in his chair and propping his athletic sock clad feet up. “I’m as calm as a lake on a windless day.”

    “Oh Really”, Tiffany said, her eyes twinkling with amusement. “I’ll remind you that you called in a few favors and had that poor HBT reader’s car towed and given some manufactured parking tickets for using a spring training picture to argue that Chipper Jones was in the worst shape of his life.”

    Almost immediately, Craig shrank in his chair just a bit. “That’s different,” he said waving his hand dismissively. “He had it coming! He was being disrespectful to Chipper! That was basically slander.”

    “Sure Craig, sure it was…”

    • fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:34 AM


      I have no idea what this is about or why you wrote it, but it was a pleasant read and I look forward to the next installment.

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

        Thank you, you can always check my blog to find the rest of the posts.

    • stex52 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      Always a favorite. Don’t stop.

    • natstowngreg - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      Who are these souless creatures thumbs-downing this fine literature?

      Still waiting for the book version. Followed by “Calcaterra: The Movie.”

      • kiwicricket - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        Coffee table musings. Very Seinfeld.

  5. avallstar - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Wow guys, really? This has less to do with “USA” and patriotism and a lot more to do with the Cuban population in Miami that had to flee their homes and families from a tyrannical murderer. Just because Hitler and Stalin could more easily reach larger populations to exterminate, Castro gets left out of the discussion. Castro would have done the exact same thing if he wasn’t cursed with and restricted to such a small island to work with. You guys might want to brush up on your history of Che Guevara. Would your responses be the same if Ozzie said he idolized Hitler or Stalin?

    • spudchukar - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      Not sure what Latin American History course taught you the propaganda about Castro, but there are plenty of historians who would disagree with your take on the Guevara/Castro led revolution in Cuba and elsewhere.

      • scastro87 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        Oh I can ask my mother and family. I don’t need a textbook or historians to tell me how horrible Che and the Castros were/are. Cue the your family was rich and supported Batista comment (even though it’s not true).

      • topprospect - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM

        Clearly, those are historians who didn’t live in Castro’s oppressive government.

      • djpostl - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        Those are probably the same historians in Texas who took a ton of stuff about Thomas Jefferson out of history books and have a half a chapter on how great Pat Robertson and the Moral Majority are lol.

    • scastro87 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      Well a lot might defend him if he said the same about Stalin. Because you know, it’s somehow ‘cool’ (or even acceptable) to be a communist despite communism arguably causing more death, destruction, and misery than the Nazis did. One of these days, we’ll get communism right and not cause mass poverty and authoritarianism. One of these days.

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        It’s COOL to be a communist?

        Where the BLEEP did you get THAT from?

        Oh, let me guess…you’re one of those misinformed types who thinks there’s no difference between a “liberal” and a “communist.”

    • mets79 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      What does your point have to do with this post? The post is stating that a 30 day suspension is nuts. If Ozzie had a love for Hitler or Stalin the point of the post would still remain the same.

      • scastro87 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

        He’s talking to other commenters I think, not the post

    • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      Sorry, scastro87, history isn’t comprised of what people might have done. It’s difficult enough to establish what they did with any degree of objectivity as it is. Castro’s crimes pale in scope and brutality beside those of the monsters you mention, and in the scope of history your personal pain, and that of your family and fellow exiles, simply isn’t going to count for much no matter how acutely you feel it. One of the main reasons that a civilized justice system makes the state the aggrieved party in a crime rather than the family of the victim or even the victims themselves is to eliminate the distortions of personal involvement from the legal process so that the guilt or innocence of the accused may be evaluated as objectively as possible, and also to short-circuit the mindless cycle of retaliatory violence, the vendetta, that results from that personal anguish or outrage. History, as a quasi-science, and professional historians, try to work the same way.

      But by the same token, the most incorrect thing you’ve said is that Castro gets “left out of the discussion.” It sounds like you live in Macondo, as I do, and after spending most of my life here I can’t really think of many discussions that have gone on down here without including him, this one being just another in an interminable series. I still remember the entire Elian Gonzalez fasco as a tragicomic bad dream out of which this community was unable to awaken for close to a year, just as I remember the post-Marielito local crime wave decades earlier. Castro has been discussed forwards, backwards, sideways, inside and out, from the domino tables in Little Havana to the general assembly of the United Nations. And your family history notwithstanding, in international terms the jury is still very much out on him and his brutal half century of despotic governance. One of the big reasons for this is very much that, in comparison to some of the other horrors that have been perpetrated during his reign, Hitler and Stalin being water already under the bridge, he’s still small potatoes compared to Rwanada, the Great Cultural Revolution, Cambodia, Biafra, or even Indonesia after the fall of Sukarno. I would throw in Vietnam and Iraq to emphasize that the United States has hardly been an angel of mercy during this period, either – a fact which is not lost on others, including other Latin Americans.

      Castro will shortly die in his bed, and his brother won’t be all that far behind, and good riddance to both of those twin-soul SOBs. What matters most now, in terms of the future of Cuba, is that our engagement with whatever government survives them be based on sound good political and economic sense and not wounded pride, spite, bile, and reflexive vindictiveness, which is what it has been based on so far just because we have permitted those who take Castro so personally to dictate its substance and perpetuate its fifty years of abject failure.

      • scastro87 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:57 AM

        While I do have plenty of family in Miami, I do not live there (not sure why you keep calling it Macondo). In what way is the jury still out? Even you say his rule was “brutal” and “despotic.” Supporters of that regime believe both a corrupt regime’s official statistics and white wash the human rights violations that happen to this day. Even watching a recent feature on Cuba on Nightline when the pope was there, a young woman refused to give her opinion on the government when she learned the interview was for television. That right there exemplifies you need to know about how the regime STILL treats Cuban civilians.

      • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:41 AM

        You’re missing my point. In no way do I want to belittle the suffering of your family or of any of my many Cuban friends. The problem is that once you remove to the larger stage of global politics and history, personal pain becomes nearly irrelevant – just another ugly given in the impersonal equations by which political and economic main players coldly plot their next moves and impose narratives to make sense of their last ones. This would be true whether you were a Cuban, a Jew with lingering memories of Hitler or the pogroms, a Rwandan or a Cambodian or a Chinese college professor who remembers seeing colleagues shot for “revisionism” in the sixties.

        Remember that there are Iraqis and Vietnamese who hate your guts, sight, unseen, for being one of the “Americans” whose napalm or so-called smart bombs incinerated their wives, husbands, children or fathers. Try to tell them that you did it to save them from Saddam or communism and see how far you get. There are also plenty of Latin Americans – Chileans, for example – who have friends or family who were jailed, tortured, or abducted and disappeared by a Pinochet regime upon which we smiled benevolently and whose accession to power we supported despite the democratic election of his murdered predecessor. There are plenty of them, too, who still recall with intense bitterness being paid less than slave wages for toiling in the banana groves of United Fruit or of big American coffee producers. Ergo, If you hate Castro, then he must be an OK guy.

        The voices of these people count just as legitimately in the international arenas of politics, economics and history as yours does, and that’s a good part of why the jury is still out. They’re a counterweight to the one-sided view of Castro as a despot when so many see him, and his buddy Chavez, as liberators and champions standing up to what they perceive as the real despotic power in the region, namely, us. A historian trying to unravel the magnitude of Castro’s brutality isn’t going to make it sound worse than the evidence suggests it is because his victims suffered, if he’s any kind of professional. That’s just the way things have always been.

      • scastro87 - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        No I don’t get your point, unless you saying the jury is still out for any brutal regime because the other guys were bad and the brutal regime improved the lives of some people. In your mind, there seems to be no objective good or bad, motives do not count, and the opinion that the US is the real despot and the country that is really oppressing people is valid. We can observe where more freedom and prosperity exists, and it’s not Cuba or Venezuela. Saying otherwise would be to ignore reality.

      • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        It’s really a simple point, and I’m sorry you keep missing it. For a Chilean, or a Nicaraguan whose family was murdered by Contras, or an Iraqi or Vietnamese, the idea that the United States was the despotic and oppressive country is valid – and historians have to take that validity into account before they rush to judgment.

        “Freedom” isn’t an objective value either; each culture and political entity defines it for itself. A Chinese, British or for that matter Cuban, citizen who receives treatment for a potentially disabling or lethal disease that his American counterpart can’t afford is in that instance freer than his western equivalent. You keep talking about “objectivity” as though political and cultural realities were somehow as apodictic as mathematics. They’re not.

      • scastro87 - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        Freedom doesn’t mean goods or services are free (to the end user). You’ve also made a big and yet common mistake, of swallowing Cuban propaganda that the Cuban health care system is equally available, high quality, and modern for all Cubans. Even if it were, and I very much dispute that assertion, universal and “free” healthcare comes at the very high cost of political and economic liberty and overall prosperity. The Cuban hospitals where foreign health tourists go are not the norm and something to which most Cubans do not have access. I guess we’ll disagree about the universality of freedom and liberty and what freedom means, but even in the case of Cuba, the system is not something freely chosen by the people.

  6. dondada10 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    The only punishment I could see is a fine, but I doubt Beinfest does something like that so early in the marriage.

  7. irishdodger - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    I agree w/ avallstar. I think it’s PC & Ozzie is just a gasbag. He’s spouted his hatred for Hugo Chavez, so I doubt he’d truly respect Castro if he knew how evil the guy really is. He should get the same slap on the wrist that Marge Schott got for her Hitler comments back in the day.

    • jeffbbf - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      slap on the wrist? Schott was suspended for 2 years!

      • saints97 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:48 AM

        But that made the Reds better, so she had to take the good with the bad.

  8. topprospect - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    This story only strikes a chord in Miami…a city comprised of millions of Cubans who fled their homeland in search of freedom. Given Fidel Castro’s track record of suppressing basic human rights, executing citizens without due process, incarcerating those who peacefully speak against him, urinating on a once successful economy, and causing the separation of millions of families…it is understandable why such a comment would be flammable within the exile community.

    Ozzie’s freedom of speech is respected, but so is the freedom of being bothered by his comment. These two are exclusive of each other.

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      All correct, except “urinating on a once successfu economy”. Batista spurred the Castro revolution by tightening down individual’s rights while lining his pockets with mafia and corporate money

      • topprospect - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        Despite Batista’s inadequacies as a leader (which were many), at least free enterprise existed and Cubans had purchasing power. Now, a taxi driver makes more money than the best Cuban neuro-surgeon.

    • djpostl - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      Winner, winner, chicken dinner. This is a big deal in Miami for everything you said.

      But the reason why the team, and the league will act on this is something different.

      They moved the new stadium location to a section called Little Havana, brought Ozzie in and made other moves to try and generate a huge popularity with the Cuban community, because frankly the rest of Miami was indifferent.

      Now a wedge is being driven between the Cuban community and the team.

      This isn’t pc…this is economics.

  9. jeffbbf - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Just curious…what happened to Marge Schott when she expressed a certain level of respect for Hitler – at least during his “early years”?

    • jeffbbf - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      just found it – a 2 year suspension. hmmmm

      • saints97 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        That wasn’t exactly her first offense, though.

        Not that Ozzie is squeaky clean, but this is the first time that I can remember that he joked about respecting a mass murderer because he has avoided being taken out for 60 years.

      • dadawg77 - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:04 PM

        There is a large gap between genocide and political oppression. Also a large difference between death toll in eight figures and 30,000. You can’t equate Hitler/Stalin/Mao with Castro.

  10. Gordon - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Rosenthal is a tool…a suspension is ridiculous. I’m glad the Sox cut Guillen loose, because he made it more about him than the team. But Sox fans learned to ignore any comments that didn’t relate to the team or that day’s game. Miami fans will learn that soon enough.

  11. vallewho - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Ozzie’s punishment is the self-banishment to Miami.

  12. Jack Marshall - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Big difference between an owner and a manager. The owner represents Major League Baseball, and the organization has an interest in policing conduct (including extreme speech) that damages the brand or the sport. Ozzie should be the Marlins’ problem, not MLB’s. If the club believes he is hurting the organization as a high profile employee, there should be some internal discussions and discipline. But as Craig says, 30 days is way over the top.

    • jeffbbf - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      I would guess that close to 100% of anyone asked would be able to name more managers than owners. It’s the manager who is the face of the organization and MLB.

  13. daisycutter1 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Ozzie is quoted as saying he loved Castro in the context of “I respect Fidel Castro,” You know why? Many people have tried to kill Fidel Castro in the last 60 years, yet that [SOB] is still there.”

    As a resident of Macondo – I’m not Cuban, but I was born here & have lived here for decades – I totally understand how flammable a comment is showing any support for Fidel Castro. Even one from a guy who has a history of making outrageous statements, and even one that in no way supports Castro politically.

    However, suspending him for one day, much less 30, is absurd. Even setting aside the fact that other players or managers who committed actual crimes got less or no suspension at all, all it will do is prolong the issue. Which is the last thing MLB should want. Ozzie needs to keep apologizing , donate a bunch of money to local charities involved in the Cuban community and win some games. Then, unless you’re a member of a local fringe organization looking for free publicity, this will all go away.

    • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      I think you’re absolutely right about that. It will help if the Feesh go out and win some games, too.

  14. cur68 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Rosenthal’s opinion? Meh. He’s got as many opinions as he has bow ties. All are as attractive as they are practical.

  15. yankeesfanlen - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Why doesn’t Ozzie call for a 30-day suspension of Rosenthal?

    • Jonny 5 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Well, he does have the right to do that. On the grounds that a man that short should never wear bow ties that are that large and flagrant. I mean doesn’t he see himself???

  16. mybrunoblog - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Ken Rosenthal is a whining progressive hack. I guess he skipped journalism class on the day they explained that he should stick to reporting and keep his opinions to himself.
    Ozzie says ridiculous things all the time.
    If people are going to him for hard cutting political opinion they are fools.

  17. randygnyc - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    30 days? I can actually see a scenario in which Ozzie loses his job over this.

    • daisycutter1 - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      Ozzie apologized pretty quickly and actually sounded contrite. If he hadn’t responded that way or if he puts his foot in his mouth again, I could see where the team would be better off with him gone. Not right now, though.

  18. flavius217 - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    I would argue that the U.S. trade embargo has done more to hurt Cuba than anything Fidel Castro has even thought about doing.

    • scastro87 - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      You could argue that, but you would be wrong. Expropriating and essentially outlawing private property, jailing and killing dissidents, and trying to plan the economy have reduced Cuba to poverty much more than the embargo ever has. You’re also forgetting that the Soviet Union gave billions of dollars in aid every year for 30 years and Venezuela has been propping up Cuba recently.

      • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        Well, we’ve had our disagreements above but scastro87 is absolutely right about that. Fidel’s mismanagement of the Cuban economy, especially its agricultural sector, has been nothing short of catastrophic. Among his many shortcomings, Fidel (like Chavez) thinks of himself as a savior with all but mystical knowledge of every subject and discipline. He has been to agriculture in Cuba what Lysenko was to genetics – a privileged quack. And speaking of genetics, if you want to read up on one of his many agra-follies that was as comical as it was sad, google up the fabulous F-4 cow experiment. A friend of mine was a student agronomist in Cuba who got drawn into the F-4 project and remembers sitting in a lecture hall while a government functionary was explaining to him and his colleagues what they were expected to do to produce this legendary beast, and recalls sitting there staring at the floor thinking, “I can’t believe this idiot thinks this is going to work.” He was an enthusiastic supporter of the revolution in his youth until things like that began to happen, and he was all but ostracized from his profession – and he was a party member back then, too – for trying to put some solid science in front of the administrators who kept walking in with these cockamamie brainchildren of El Jefe. So it goes. Now he’s a registered pharmacist here in Macondo, having served in the US Army and become a citizen, and doing very nicely for himself. But he still dreams of the day when he might go back to Cuba and spend a few of his retirement years helping to restore some sanity to the agriculture on the island.

        And he’s bitterly opposed to the embargo and travel restrictions, hated Bush and his thugs with a passion for tightening them, and understands that, however big a mess Castro has made of things, the embargo has merely made them worse.

  19. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Ozzie saying something stupid no matter what the topic shouldn’t be surprising to anyone.

  20. daisycutter1 - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    So, Ozzie is flying back to Miami on the team’s off day for a press conference apologizing for Castro comments.

    This may not end well.

    • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      I can’t wait to hear this. I want to look into Scrooge McLoria’s and the Chihuahua’s eyes during this fiasco.

  21. Admin - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    What a bunch of crap from Rosenthal! This is the same sport that had games played in Cuba. Talk about insensitive! Ozzie may be rough to some people, at least he is honest.

  22. simon94022 - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Ozzie’s love for Castro is appalling and ignorant, but suspending him would be ridiculous. We need to accept the fact that the world includes people with obnoxious, pig-headed beliefs (such as pretending that Che Guevarra was some kind of idealist rather than the murderous sociopath he actually was). Free speech has to include the right to express stupid and hateful ideas, or it ain’t free.

    MLB should not be in the business of policing speech or thought. If it’s a major PR problem for the Marlins, let THEM handle it. And as far as I can tell they already have. Time to move on.

    • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Slobbering Ozzie has made it clear that he has no “love for Castro.” What keeps getting him into trouble is his love of the sound of his own voice, which is coupled to a deeply imperfect and tenuous grasp of the English language. His original comments, even though mangled and gnarled, made it clear that he was surprised at Castro’s toughness and survivability, even as he referred to him as “that motherfucker” in the same breath.

      We are dealing here not with genuine callousness, but with a truly pristine form of stupidity. To paraphrase Professor Yamane in Godzilla, Ozzie should not be destroyed. He should be studied.

  23. kiwicricket - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Selig should force Ozzie to undergo elocution lessons as punishment.

    • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      Selig is a realist.

  24. 2 Think Good - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    I think the reason Rosenthal advocates a suspension is relevant – “… suspension would send a powerful message that Guillen’s thoughtless remarks on Cuban dictator Fidel Castro will not be tolerated.”

    That message is not intended for national blogs or the sabermetrics community. The message is intended for the community in which the Marlins just inaugurated their new home. The message is intended to extend the ‘relocated’ franchise’s honeymoon period beyond one game.

    But maybe you’re right, better to observe the Lenny Randle doctrine.

  25. rcali - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Ozzie continues to push his mouth farther and farther and Selig continues to let it happen. At what point is it going to go too far for MLB to do damage control?

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