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At least one person in Miami thinks Ozzie Guillen will keep his job

Oct 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Ozzie Guillen AP

Two weeks ago Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported that the Marlins were “aggressively seeking a replacement for Ozzie Guillen” and, while Guillen got into a public spat with Olney, we even started speculating about where he might land post-firing.

Everything on the Guillen front has been calm since then and now Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald writes that he expects Guillen to remain the Marlins’ manager next season.

Though I have nothing concrete on which to base this on, it is my belief that as more time passes, the greater the likelihood Guillen keeps his job. Some others I’ve spoken with share the same sense. The rest of the coaching staff is another story, and I would not be surprised to see changes made there. Coaches are under contract only through the end of this month.

Guillen has three years remaining on his contract (to the tune of $7.5 million) and ditching him after one season might raise more questions about Loria’s acumen in hiring managers than it would Guillen’s ability to successfully manage a team. It becomes much more an indictment of Loria than it does of Guillen.

That sounds about right. Jeffrey Loria has gone through a ton of managers over the years, less than 12 months ago he thought Guillen was worth a four-year, $10 million commitment, and it’s not like Guillen’s behavior this season should have come as a huge shock to anyone who was paying attention during his eight years with the White Sox.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 17, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Make that two people who can’t see Scrooge McLoria choking down a couple of years of Slobbering Ozzie’s salary while he goes and manages for someone else – in a town without a lot of Cuban exile sauropods with no sense of humor. For Scrooge to swallow that much money, he’d be competing directly with that hapless python that split itself open trying to swallow a full grown alligator.

    • lovistemiami - Oct 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      While I’m generally a big fan of your work Gator.. this is borderline racist.

      • Old Gator - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        How so? Are you going to sit there and deny the existence of a bunch of anti-Castro Cubans down here who are so virulently opposed to any mention of him that doesn’t start with
        singando” that they erupt in fury anytime someone dares to take the issue lightly? Whereas my comment may seem derisive – and it was meant to, no apology offered – there’s absolutely nothing racist about it – for one, because “Cuban” isn’t a “race” in the first place, it’s a nationality, and two, because no one else gets as hysterical over the entire Castro issue as right wing, mostly older, Cubans – with the possible exception of the local politicians of all stripes who pander to them. For all the media BS that erupted over Ozzie’s silly comments, no more than around forty – yes, I said forty; I went to the stadium and counted them the morning of the demonstration; they were outnumbered five to one by reporters, photographers and curiosity seekers, as I reported here – nearly all late middle aged and older demonstrators showed up. Hence, the dinosaur reference.

        Now, how would you like it if I turned around and typed your criticism of my criticism as repressive, kneejerk and neofascist ?

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