Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Sports

Too much controversy, too many losses cost Guillen job

MIAMI — The lingering backlash caused by Ozzie Guillen's praise of Fidel Castro contributed to another Marlins managerial shakeup Tuesday.

Guillen was fired after one year with Miami, undone by too many losses and one too many ill-advised remarks.

A promising season began to derail in April with Guillen's laudatory comments about Cuba's former leader. Six months later, the episode was a factor in the decision to fire Guillen, Marlins officials said.

"Let's face it. It was not a positive for the team; it was not a positive for Ozzie," president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. "It was a disappointment, no doubt about it."

A lousy team didn't help. The Marlins took high hopes into their new ballpark after an offseason spending spree but finished last in the NL East at 69-93, their worst since 1999.

Miami's next manager will be the fifth for owner Jeffrey Loria since early 2010. Two managers he fired, Joe Girardi and Fredi Gonzalez, made the playoffs this year.

The Marlins owe Guillen $7.5 million for the three years remaining on his contract.

"We all felt we had a pretty good ballclub coming out of spring training, and we just didn't play well," Beinfest said. "This is an organizational failure. But we felt like we needed to make this change so we could move forward."

BOSOX INTRODUCE FARRELL: John Farrell, Boston's pitching coach from 2007-10, said he won't take his relationships with players for granted as their new manager. "I will work my butt off to earn their trust, to earn their respect and create an environment in that clubhouse that is just that," he said. "It's a trusting one." Also, the Red Sox are close to finalizing a two-year contract with DH David Ortiz, ESPN.com reported.

CUBS: The club agreed to a three-year extension with assistant GM Randy Bush, hired former major-leaguer David Bell as third-base coach and removed the interim tag from hitting coach James Rowson.

DODGERS: RH reliever Kenley Jansen had surgery on his heart to return it to normal rhythm.

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