Ozzie Guillen's uncertain future
The 2012 Marlins are a colossal failure, so it's little wonder that owner Jeffrey Loria has talked about a season-ending assessment, and that club president David Samson was understated but direct in his criticism of Miami's first-year manager in an interview with MLB.com. From Barry Bloom's interview:
MLB.com: And how has manager Ozzie Guillen played out in all this?
Samson: I think he's had a disappointing season. I think [that's the way he feels] in his mind, too. It just didn't turn out the way we thought it would when we drew it up. That's how life goes sometimes. We never could get our legs under us.
Samson threw a blanket of blame over everyone in the organization -- "from the 25th man to me," he said -- but Guillen's situation is unique because he was brought in to be the face of the franchise, a well-known Latin American manager in a multicultural city. The Marlins' hope was that Guillen would connect with the community, and instead, he spent the early part of this season asking for forgiveness for his published comments about Fidel Castro. Given the Marlins' record of 63-81 and the perception among some rival evaluators that the team has not been competitive, and this month is no exception, it's not surprising that ownership hasn't excluded him from the organizational evaluation that is going on in these final days of the regular season.
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