Once expected to help bring a new baseball attitude to the city of Miami, former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was fired by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday after only one frustrating season on the job.
Guillen's team won just 69 games during Miami's inaugural season at Marlins Park, forcing the veteran manager to become yet another high-priced name to be jettisoned out of town as a result. Although he signed a four-year, $10 million contract before the season, Guillen ultimately did not fit into the organization's plans despite having a number of key players traded away during the year.
Already on shaky terms with Marlins' owner Jeffrey Loria after angering the Cuban community with comments in the spring about dictator Fidel Castro back, Guillen's respect in the locker room was also brought into question by a number of players following the conclusion of the regular season. Even though the 48-year-old Guillen is barely removed from winning 678 games over eight years with the White Sox with a World Series title to his credit, Loria clearly felt that one poor season was enough justification to cut him loose.