After weeks of speculation, the Miami Marlins have dismissed manager Ozzie Guillen. It was less than a year ago that Guillen signed a four-year contract worth $10 million to manage the Marlins, after the team had acquired him in exchange for compensation from the Chicago White Sox. Given their transactions over the last several months, you can call the Marlins front office many things, but laissez-faire is not one of the terms to be used.
Despite the speculation, the firing is somewhat surprising considering that that the team, just this past weekend, traded away Heath Bell, who had butted heads with the manager throughout the season. Their disagreements over Bell’s status on the team came to a head most infamously in a mid-September radio interview in which the reliever stated that it was “hard to respect” his team’s manager.
Guillen countered Bell’s comments by going on another radio program the next week, telling the hosts that he respected Bell as a player, but was unsure if that positive regard extended to him as a man. He also suggested that the reliever had thrown multiple people under the bus this season in an attempt to explain his own shortcomings.