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Poll: Should the Miami Marlins Fire Ozzie Guillen for His Remarks?

The new Marlins manager in Miami is under fire due to his recent comments in TIME Magazine.

Sean Gregory’s recent article in TIME Magazine opened with a powerful quote from the unfiltered mouth of Miami Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen. Guillen blurted out the unjustifiable four words that no Cuban or Cuban-American will ever be able to understand, “I love Fidel Castro.”

Since then the Venezuelan-born manager has backtracked and apologized for his arrogant comments, but to some people his apology will never be enough.

Diana Quevedo is a Cuban-American who lives locally and she was an elite college athlete who has ties to both NCAA and professional athletics today. For her, Ozzie’s words hit home because her family has lost so much to the Castro regime. Her grandfather’s Baptist church and orphanage were taken from him, and he along with his 14-year-old son were sent to work camps in coffee bean fields outside of Havana.

“I think Ozzie spoke without thinking, his comments about his admiration for a person that is responsible for so much blood, so much suffering, so much division and pain shows that he is out of touch with the immediate community that supports and loves the team he manages,” Quevedo said.

Quvedo is also one of the many Cuban-Americans who did not buy the apology Guillen made in front of the media in Miami on his team’s off day.

“His apologies made things worse,” Quevedo continued, “Managing a team with bleachers full of people that still carry the scars from communist oppression and making those statements, will have a negative impact on his effectiveness as a manager, as a member of the community and as the face representing the team in the community.”

The Marlins announced that Ozzie Guillen would be suspended for five games and ownership is obviously hopeful that the manager’s comments will be forgiven before they can hurt them at the box office, because a team who plays their home games in Little Havana can not afford a boycott from the Cuban Community.

Some are under the belief that Guillen is a great baseball mind and that this was just the latest episode in “Ozzie being Ozzie.” Others clearly feel that Guillen’s words cannot be forgiven and that he needs to go sooner rather than later.

Where do you stand?

Beth April 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM
The words he said were devastating to all people not just Cubans. I must say that even though he made these intolerable comments they were also taken out of context. The press had a field day with this story. He apologized. There is freedom of speech, but he should be more sensitive in the future. Miami will forgive him if he wins the World Series.
sue April 16, 2012 at 02:52 PM
This is America...you can't (and shouldn't) fire someone for expressing an opinion if you don't happen to agree with it.
ralph brady April 17, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Ozzie has always been an interesting manager. Personaly, I never liked him. I always thought that he felt the game was about him and not the team. I dont think he should be fired for his remarks because the whole idea of freedom of speech while giving you the opportunity to say and express your feelings without recrimination also gives you the right to make a complete fool of yourself by the things you say. Ozzie knows he's a dummy. Now we all know too. Trust me, there is nothing to admire about Fidel Castro. The cuban people have suffered miserably under his dictatorship. On the other hand, Baseball is business and if the fans dont come to the games. He'll be gone quicker than a steroid fueled fastball.
spark2 April 19, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Its not the first stupid thing Ozzie ever said. It won't be the last. He's only a baseball manager. The fact that a bunch of lunatic fanatics are driving our foreign policy is revolting. Cuba has withered since they lost Soviet financing (22 years ago!!), they are nothing, and what our boycott does is give Castro, the worst and most murderous dictator in the western hemisphere, legitimacy. All because a few fanatics are located in a swing state.
Lucy Mash May 21, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Yes, a decent manager should be a role model for his younger players. This guy is definitely NOT.

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