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Ozzie Guillen blames Madonna for A-Rod’s downfall

Ozzie Guillen, being the sly jokester that he is, decided to connect the downfall of Alex Rodriguez back to Madonna. Here’s what he tweeted on Monday:

MadonnaA-Rod and Madonna dated back in 2008, which is the same time when Rodriguez’s wife filed for divorce. Madonna even had A-Rod into kabbalah, and the two were supposedly set up by Jerry Seinfeld, if you can believe that.

But I wouldn’t consider Madonna the cause of those guys’ problems. Shoot, The Worm won three titles with the Bulls and led the league in rebounding three times after his relationship with Madonna. I think this is more a matter of if you’re wild and crazy enough to date Madonna, you probably had some wildness/craziness in you already, which would show in other aspects of life.

Ozzie Guillen: Managing Miami Marlins was ‘big mistake’

Ozzie-Guillen-interviewOzzie Guillen is out of baseball this season and would like back in. The former Chicago White Sox manager said so this week. He also says that going to manage the Miami Marlins was a “big mistake.”

Guillen was a guest with Waddle and Silvy on ESPN Chicago Radio on Wednesday and says he still has a good relationship with the White Sox. He also says his decision to move to the Marlins was a “big mistake.”

“I was naive about the situation like everybody out there,” Guillen admitted, saying he went to Miami for the money. “My dream and my eye was a little deeper than last year, and all of a sudden, ‘boom’, it got shutdown.”

Guillen says he’s still not sure why he got fired, but figures it’s because he finished last. He does think Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was “fair” with him, which is different from how he felt last year.

Guillen also holds no hard feelings towards the White Sox, for whom he played 13 seasons and managed eight.

“I don’t have anything against the White Sox. One thing about it is people really (didn’t) understand what the situation was (that led to the departure). Jerry (Reinsdorf) came out and said, ‘Listen, that’s what it was.’ I want(ed) (a) one more year contract. They (didn’t) give it to me,” Guillen said, via ESPN Chicago. “I (made) a big mistake and (went) down to Miami.”

Guillen was asked about managing the Chicago Cubs and said he was open to it, however, he wanted to make it clear that he was not campaigning for the job out of respect for Dale Sveum, who is his former teammate. He did say he was available to any team interested in him.

The best part of the interview was when Ozzie was asked about his dream job and he said being married to Jennifer Lopez so he could stay at home without having to work. Typical Ozzie. After last year’s disaster in Miami — which included his comments about Fidel Castro — I don’t see any team being desperate enough to hire him any time too soon.

Marlins fired Ozzie Guillen, and Ricky Nolasco is ticked

The Miami Marlins announced the firing of manager Ozzie Guillen on Tuesday, and perhaps nobody was more upset over the news than pitcher Ricky Nolasco.

Nolasco, who has been with the franchise since 2006 and went 12-13 during the season, tweeted in protest as soon as the move was announced:

By about 30 minutes later, Nolasco had thought better of the tweet and pulled it down. We all know teams don’t like it when players question the front office moves, so he was probably told to take it down, or did it on his own once he calmed down.

Nolasco’s shock aside, this move was inevitable. Guillen was lucky he wasn’t canned in April after publicly expressing his support of Fidel Castro. He was given a chance to turn around what started off as a disappointing season, and he didn’t. The team finished 69-93 — last in the NL East — after spending millions to bring in free agents in anticipation of a move into their new stadium.

Between his bouts with Heath Bell, Bryce Harper, and the team’s owner, Guillen became more of a distraction than anything else.

It’s not a surprise that the Marlins fired him, but it is a surprise they cut him loose despite owing him over $7 million over the next three years. That shows how badly the notoriously cheap owner wanted him gone.

Ozzie Guillen thinks being fired would be unfair

Ozzie Guillen can understand why the Marlins might fire him after the season, but he thinks it would be unfair.

The Marlins manager has feuded with team owner Jeffrey Loria through the media recently, and he sparred with reliever Heath Bell in the past week. He said prior to Friday’s 2-1 win over the Phillies that he could understand why the Marlins might fire him after one season on the job, but he thinks that would be unfair.

“I think it would be unfair if they fire me after just one chance,” Guillen said in Spanish according to a translator, the Palm Beach Post reports.

“I don’t think they should worry about me. They’re not going to make it public … But like I said in Spanish, if the way we played this year, you think I should get fired? Of course. Yes. If I should get fired, that’s up to them.”

So in one breath Ozzie thinks being fired after only one season as manager would be unfair, but then he says he should be fired. Maybe there’s some language mix-up there.

While I agree that only one year generally isn’t enough to judge a manager, I couldn’t disagree with the team if they got rid of Ozzie. He was a distraction from the beginning of the season, and many of his players have underperformed. Ultimately the manager is responsible if his team is doing as poorly the Marlins are. I can’t imagine another team hiring him in the near future, either.

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Ozzie Guillen fires back at Heath Bell: ‘I don’t respect him as a person’

If Ozzie Guillen winds up keeping his job in Miami next season, Heath Bell may have to be traded. It has become evident this week that there is little to no respect between the manager and closer. During a radio appearance on Monday, Bell said it is hard to respect Guillen since Ozzie lied to him and led him to believe he would have a chance to win back the closer’s job. On Tuesday, Guillen told reporters the lack of respect is mutual.

More specifically, Guillen said Bell has blamed his struggles on others all season long.

“It was my turn this week,” he said. “Last week it was the pitching coach. The week before it was his teammates. Every week it’s something. That’s why I don’t respect him as a person. You have to have principles.”

Before Tuesday’s game against the Braves, Bell backtracked and insisted his words were “taken out of context” and that he never intended to badmouth Ozzie.

“I’m not retracting anything, but I never meant to criticize Ozzie,” Bell said. “Everything gets twisted. I’m not talking anymore. I didn’t mean anything toward Ozzie. I wasn’t talking about Ozzie.”

Bell also said that he has likely lost the respect of his teammates after making the comments about Guillen. He tried to call Ozzie on Monday night to apologize and Ozzie said he didn’t answer because he didn’t recognize the number, adding that it’s “not going to resolve anything anyway.”

Somebody should probably learn to not say things when they’re frustrated, because Bell was clearly talking about Ozzie. Everyone — including Ozzie — knows he was talking about Ozzie. If both are going to be Marlins next season, they will have to smooth things over without microphones in their faces.

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Heath Bell rips Ozzie Guillen: ‘It’s hard to respect a guy that doesn’t tell you the truth’

The acquisition of Heath Bell is one of a series of high-profile moves that did not pan out for the Marlins this season. Coming off three straight seasons with over 40 saves, Bell was expected to step in and immediately solidify the back end of the bullpen for Miami. Instead, he blew three saves in the month of April alone, settled in for a bit from May through June, and then lost his job permanently after blowing two more saves at the beginning of July.

Despite the fact that he has pitched well in the set-up role over the past month of so, Ozzie Guillen has not given Bell an opportunity to reclaim his job. From the sound of it, the situation has strained their relationship.

“It’s hard to respect a guy that doesn’t tell you the truth or doesn’t tell you face-to-face. I stunk in April, plain and simple,” Bell told “The Dan Sileo Show” on 560 WQAM in Miami Monday according to ESPN.com. “I said I stunk, I worked hard, I busted my butt. I think I’ve had a tremendous second half. I’m not closing — I know that. But I just kept my mouth shut because I want to regain what I had, and I feel like I can’t do that.

“It’s just one of those things that — what you see is what you get. I’m not going to be two-faced. I’m not going to sneak around your back and say this and that.”

Guillen was adamant about defending Bell in July when he was struggling, so you can see how he might have received mixed signals. A recent report indicated that Ozzie is already on the hot seat after less than one season in Miami, so it’s possible Bell smells blood and is trying to help push him out the door. Since the Marlins owe him nearly $20 million over the next two seasons, it’s safe to assume Bell will be given a shot to earn the closer’s job back during spring training. Whether it’s Guillen or another manager who gives him that shot remains to be seen.

Ozzie Guillen to be fired? Jeffrey Loria reportedly unhappy with him

Ozzie Guillen had already put himself at-risk to be fired after his comments about Fidel Castro, and his team’s disappointing season has done little to help his job status. Now we’re learning that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is unhappy with Guillen and leaning towards firing the manager.

The Palm Beach Post’s Joe Capozzi reports that Loria is upset with Guillen for calling him out regarding the Marlins’ inability to establish stability at manager.

“If Jeffrey doesn’t think I’m doing the job I should do … it’s not the first time he’s fired a manager,” Guillen said on Friday, per Capozzi. “Look yourself in the mirror and ask why so many (bleeping) managers come through here.”

Those comments apparently set off Loria.

Guillen has also questioned the job status of many people tied to the organization in light of the team’s brutal 66-87 record.

“When you are in last place you need a better manager, better general manager, better owner, a better everything when you are a last-place team because we all failed,” he said last weekend.

“Whoever works for the Marlins and denies that he should be fired is full of (expletive). My coaches, myself, the front office, my players, we’re all involved in this thing. We all failed. And we’ve got to be better. Hopefully we learn by the mistakes we made and we move on,” Guillen added.

Some of the people involved with this year’s disastrous team will have an opportunity to learn from their mistakes in future years with the Marlins. Guillen probably won’t be one of them. In a way, they’re both right. Guillen probably doesn’t deserve to be back, and Loria probably deserves to be criticized for getting rid of managers. I’m still wondering why the Marlins got rid of Fredi Gonzalez.

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