Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Marlins dismiss Ozzie Guillen

BY David Villavicencio

The rumors have been swirling for months but speculation has become fact.

The Marlins just announced that they have dismissed manager Ozzie Guillen.They have also dismissed bench coach Joey Cora.

Earlier this afternoon, a source told me the Marlins decided to fire manager Ozzie Guillen and members of his staff. A second source confirmed that "something is up" with the Marlins but would not confirm nor deny the status of Guillen as the club's manager at that time.

Guillen just finished his first season managing the Marlins and it was a huge disappointment. The Marlins finished 69-93, last in the National League East and 29 games behind the division champion Nationals.

Many have speculated for months that owner Jeffrey Loria would consider changes to his baseball staff. Some assumed that meant Larry Beinfest and his staff in baseball operations while other believed it could be Guillen and his on-field staff that could be replaced.

Guillen had three years remaining on the $10 million contract he signed prior to the 2012 season. Beinfest, Hill and several other high ranking members of the baseball operations staff are under contract through 2015.