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Report: Marlins weigh firing Ozzie Guillen

Sep 21, 2012, 6:11 PM EST

Ozzie Guillen AP

The Marlins traded two minor leaguers to the White Sox to make Ozzie Guillen their manager and gave their new skipper a four-year, $10 million contract. Now, just one year into the deal, they could be in for a messy divorce.

FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins are considering canning the controversial Guillen and replacing him with a first-time manager, such as Mike Lowell, Bo Porter or Brad Ausmus.

It’d be ironic if Lowell replaced Guillen in Miami so soon after Robin Ventura took over for him in Chicago. The two have practically the same credentials: both were All-Star third baseman, both spent the bulk of their careers with the team they’d be managing and both had no managing experience prior to being considered.

Miami’s shakeup would follow a very disappointing season in which they were expected to contend for the NL East crown. Instead, they’re currently in last place in the division with a 66-84 record. It was reported Thursday by USATODAY’s Bob Nightengale that the team would fire club president Larry Beinfest.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Who could have seen this coming? Gator?

    • Old Gator - Sep 22, 2012 at 3:14 AM

      I’m not yet convinced that it is coming. Three years left on his parchment, two mil a year, to do nothing? I have problems envisioning Scrooge McLoria springing for that option quite yet.

  2. lumpyf - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Loria needs to fire Samson and then himself.

    • mikedee718 - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:52 PM

      Samson is Loria’s son in law, so I doubt he is firing him. He won’t fire himself either after having his handprint on every detail of that new tax payer payed for stadium. He didn’t fire himself after owning the Expos all those years they were terrible. One thing though, they did win the 2003 World Series, and he was owner at the time. I don’t think he had much to do with building the team cause all of the key players were prospects they got back after they won the 1998 World Series, and Wayne Huizenga dismantled that team.

      • Old Gator - Sep 22, 2012 at 3:12 AM

        Samson is Scrooge’s stepson. His mother is the former Mrs. McLoria.

        Beinfest did add some key pieces to the 2003 team but it still had Dave Dombrowski’s fingerprints all over it.

  3. xpensivewinos - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Guillen is a cancer and his act is tired. They need a good, young manager who can grow with this team. There’s always a trend that teams follow and right now, everyone has convinced themselves that the best man for the job is someone with no managerial experience.

    I would certainly rather go that route than a retread.

  4. willclarkgameface - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Why not? It’s already a shit show down in Miami so let Lowell do the job and see if he can turn this lame franchise around.

    Again, Florida baseball sucks.

    • Old Gator - Sep 22, 2012 at 3:09 AM

      Again, you can’t seem to handle the Giants getting blown out by a Florida team in 2003. That’s called being an asshole.

      • willclarkgameface - Sep 22, 2012 at 7:46 AM

        It actually has NOTHING to do with that.

        It does, however, have everything to do with the fact that every time I turn the TV on to a game played in either Miami or Tampa, there are just about 10,000 people lurking around these spacious confines and it’s been this way for YEARS.

        The Rays have been a VERY strong team now for 5 seasons and you’d think they’d catch on and actually go to games, but no. People stay away and the team suffers as a result.

        As for those in Miami, the taxpayers paid for that eyesore in your backyard and people STILL don’t give a shit about Florida baseball. What is it going to take? Good teams don’t bring ‘em in. New buildings won’t bring ‘em in. How many more tricks do you need to pull to get people down there to care about baseball?

        Florida – as far as I’m concerned – is a college football state and as long as professional baseball stays down there it will greatly suffer.

      • Old Gator - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        I can’t speak for the Tropicana Dump, squatting lonely in the middle of a stalled urban redevelopment area adjacent to the Salvador Dali Museum out on the fringe of civilization waaaayyyyy across the causeway. However, Macondo Banana Massacre Field passed the two million mark in attendance last week. Just thought you ought to do your calculations using the fingers on both hands next time.

        And thanks for letting us know that winning teams draw better than losing ones. It’s helpful to know that. I’ll try to call all three of our local Spawrts Tawrk Raydeeo stations and enlighten them about that, even though it will be a shock to their systems.

  5. Walk - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    I will never ask for anything for christmas ever again if he gets fired and rehired and comes to boston. I am willing to throw in birthdays too.

  6. kevinleaptrot - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Loria appears to be reading from Dan Snyder’s new book “How To Really Screw Up Your Franchise.”

    • thebadguyswon - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      Fred Wilpon would like to write the forward.

  7. mikmar22 - Sep 21, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    He gone!!

  8. fuddpucker - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    I think Ozzie’s pro Castro comments were the nail in his coffin.

  9. randygnyc - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Fudd- not necessarily. Had they been productive, ozzies comments would have been forgiven, if not forgotten. But because they’ve played so badly and traded away their best players, the organization has been embarrassed. Someone, or maybe a few people, have to lose their job(s). Winning cures all ills.

    • fuddpucker - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      Yeah, but nobody ever fires the manager if their winning – 1979 KC Royals being one of the few exceptions.

      • Old Gator - Sep 22, 2012 at 3:10 AM

        The Feesh being another. Does the name Joe Girardi mean anything to you?

  10. jhorton83 - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    The success of Ventura with the White Sox has made Ozzie kind of look bad. And I like Ozzie. But the fact that Robin Ventura came in as a first time manager and has basically the same team the White Sox had last year contending for a divisional crown must be weighing on the minds of Marlins management.

  11. scratchnsniffnblog - Sep 21, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Would love to see what Lowell could do. His baseball IQ is off the charts. Ozzie is a clown in this circus and we need a ringmaster.

    • Old Gator - Sep 22, 2012 at 3:28 AM

      Agree about Lowell. I was surprised that he didn’t wind up coaching the FIU baseball team, since he’s a grad and a huge booster of that university. I would have thought they’d’ve snapped him right up. He’s even Cuban.

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