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Ozzie Guillen: Marlins terrible, but still trying

Sep 15, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

Ozzie Guillen AP

When Ozzie Guillen bashed Buster Olney on Twitter Friday, he was merely criticizing the accusation that his team has given up.  On the other hand, he is perfectly willing to admit that his team isn’t any good.

The Palm Beach Post has the quotes:

“When you say I lose control of my team (and) they’re not playing hard, you’re not watching this ballclub play,” Guillen said. “Say we’re losing, yes. We play terrible, yes. We’ve been bad all year. But (say) they not play hard? That’s a lie.”

Guillen says his players really have no choice but to play hard.

“But when you make a comment saying your team doesn’t play hard enough, you’re not watching us. You’re not. Because first of all, there’s only two players in my lineup right now who have for-sure, for-sure, for-sure jobs next year, guaranteed. Only two (right fielder Giancarlo Stanton and shortstop Jose Reyes). Then the other guys have to bust their tails to convince us they can play for us next year.”

Unfortunately, the fact that they should doesn’t necessarily mean that they will. Justin Ruggiano is still giving it his all. Donovan Solano doesn’t look like much of a talent, but he’s making the most of his playing time. Carlos Lee? John Buck? Probably not.



  1. cowboyscanada - Sep 15, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    I cant believe Guiellen is employed in major league baseball. Hes such a loudmouth moron.

    • chill1184 - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:12 PM

      He won Chicago a WS in a city who didnt see a championship since the 1985 Bears, he had a long leash after that. When you have a ring under your belt you can get a skipper job anywhere but yea.

    • dan1111 - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:56 AM

      I don’t see what’s moronic about standing up for his players when they are accused of not trying.

  2. thebadguyswon - Sep 15, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    He will be unemployed very, very soon.

    What an unabashed idiot.

  3. Gordon - Sep 15, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    I thank the little baby Jesus that he’s no longer managing the Sox.

  4. mtheparrothead - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Say he’s a loudmouth, but is he wrong? Exactly.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      Yes, he is wrong. And he’s a loudmouth.

      • Old Gator - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

        Wrong about what, exactly? That the team is trying hard to win games? Since when have they been trying hard – the end of May? Before that they were actually weening games. I’ve been to quite a few games at Macondo Banana Massacre Field this season and watched I dunno how many more while they were both home and away. There have been any number of them when the guys really didn’t look like they gave a shit. If they looked like they were trying, folks wouldn’t be saying – and Olney was hardly alone in his perception – that they were dogging it.

        Procedural question: what represents “trying” anyway? When guys swing at a peetch so far out of the strike zone that it looks like it’s on its way to visit its sick mother across the road in the hospital district, is they “trying” to hit the ball or are they not trying to get their undisciplined asses on base? Some of this, you see, is semantic. When a guy tries to score from second on a single to short left and gets thrown out at the plate like a sheet of wallboard by a nailgun, is he really trying to score or is he not bothering to pay attention to his coach or the seetuation on the field? Teams that play as deficient a brand of fundamental baseball as the Feesh don’t look like they’re “trying” to win simply because they don’t look like they’re “trying” to keep their heads in the game. How they behave during any one play matters less than the impression they create that they’re not “trying” to play well by doing so many little things badly.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM

        Perhaps I misread the post. I thought Parrot was challenging someone to say that Ozzie was wrong. Looking at this team it certainly seems as though some folks have checked out. Ozzie does not seem to notice, or is blindly defending his players effort (perhaps because even he realizes that a team of quitters reflects poorly on him).

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