This isn’t directly related to the Chicago Cubs, and is more in the schadenfreude vein (Marlinsfreude?), but it needed to be shared. Today, after a month of dancing around it, the Marlins have fired manager Ozzie Guillen.

You know, the guy they traded two prospects to get.

The guy they signed to a four-year, $10 million contract before the season.

The guy with a history of public embarrassments and difficult-to-corral-temperament.

The guy the Marlins were hoping would provide as much entertainment as accumen.

When he did the very things that the Marlins knew he would do – but the team didn’t win because of their improvident off-season signing decisions including trading for Guillen in the first place – he was fired.

Here’s the embarrassing quote on the embarrassing situation from the embarrassing front office:

“After careful consideration following the disappointment of the 2012 season, we decided to dismiss Ozzie,” Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said in the team’s announcement. “Our managerial search begins immediately and our hope is that a new manager, along with roster improvements, will restore a winning culture.”

Ozzie, for all his foibles, wasn’t the problem. Heck, one terrible Fidel Castro comment aside, he wasn’t even the embarrassment. But front offices, in totum, rarely decide to fire themselves.

The only good thing the Marlins did all year was give Adam Greenberg an at-bat, and even that generated cries of “embarrassment” from some corners.

Now they’ve got to find a new manager, continue to shed ridiculous contracts, and figure some way to fill seats at a brand new ballpark that they couldn’t fill in its first year. My heart goes out to Marlins fans, because it’s hard to imagine an uglier situation.

(But, well, you know, I can imagine it … )

  • TWC

    Man, I’d love a job where they’d pay me $30m to leave.

    • TonyP

      Is it $10M per season or $10M total? I can’t imagine that he is getting $10M/season

      • Chris

        It’s $10m total.

        • TWC

          I’d still take it.

  • MichiganGoat

    Cardinals lose and Ozzie fired what a great day

  • CM

    I guess this begs the question, would you rather have this embarrassment coupled with two World Series rings or the embarrassment of none in over 100 years?

  • Jim

    It was dumb to build a new ballpark there anyways. That franchise needs to be moved somewhere where people want to and can afford to go to games.

  • lou brock lives

    Does anyone out there believe Carlos Zambrano has any value on a major league roster as an everyday outfielder or even a part time first baseman or third baseman ? Just asking ?
    The guy is a great athlete.

  • Stevie B

    In regards to this situation, all i can say is


    Ok, feel better

  • mudge

    “But front offices, in totem, rarely decide to fire themselves.” Memorable, sir.

    • Brett

      Thanks, though I see now that I misspelled it.

  • LEO L

    I love visiting Miami. (Im part cuban so that is part of it but the topless beaches dont hurt). I thought about going to game there to see the new stadium. now that ozzie is gone (i really disliked him) and the seats are probably goign to be cheap, im thinkin road trip.

  • CM

    Padres just released Micah Owings. How long until he’s a Cub?

    • Luke

      I’d take a flyer on him as a 5th starter option, bullpen possibility, emergency AAA guy. If he wasn’t too expensive, that is.

      • EB

        He’d be a better pinch hit option than Joe Mather

  • Tommy

    After a ridiculous year featuring ridiculous spending and a ridiculous (empty) ballpark, they’ve fired their ridiculous manager, Ozzie Guillen. Maybe he wasn’t ridiculous enough.

    Awesome quote. THAT’S RIDICULOUS!

  • ruby2626

    Not the first time the Marlins have tried to buy a pennant and then bailed on the plan because the attendance wasn’t where they wanted it to be. Of course they did buy the World Series that one year. Problem with Miami is there are so many transplants from other big cities that there is zero loyalty to the home team.

  • IndyCubsFan

    Just watch… “Marlins hire Bobby Valentine.” hahahahaha You know they would too!!

    • JR

      I could see that. Valentine as manager and Rex Ryan as pitching coach. LOL @ the Marlins.

  • Rob

    Ozzie and the Marlins were too much alike.

  • gblan014

    That sounds like Jeffrey Loria being Jeffrey Loria (or a Loria owned team being a Loria owned team, if you prefer). I read somewhere that when he dumped the Expos in order to buy the Marlins, he took with him a bunch of stuff including the office computers. Not that the Expos were in a great shape to begin with, but he certainly didn’t do them any favors either. Anyway, let’s just say that he isn’t remembered too fondly in Montreal and it sounds like that’s about to be true with Miami as well.

    • Tommy

      Good point, gblan014. I wish professional sports would just ban Loria. He really does ruin everything he touches, and usually at the expense of the taxpayer and fan.

      • gutshot5820

        Loria is like ” freedom of speech” you have to tolerate the bad in order to appreciate the good.

  • Carne Harris

    I downloaded a movie titled Schadenfreude Vein once.

    And you know the Marlins’ ownership was itching to do this since the Castro comment.

  • Chef Brian

    You can’t hire a clown to run your circus and not expect a comedy.

  • Austin

    The Marlins could always sign Mike Quade as their next manager.

  • mysterious4th

    For some reason I would to have loved to witness Ozzie and the Red Sox front office clash. It would have been something to watch. I almost picture it going like a plot for an Alien vs. Predetor.

  • True(ly) Blue

    I couldn’t understand the initial hiring of Ozzie. He was the original loose cannon in the White Sox position. The Marlins and Loria deserve Ozzie and they are now paying for his hiring. Ventura as White Sox manager was an inspired hire.