So. Much. Money. Spent.
Props to the Miami Marlins for rolling the dice, and attempting to buy another championship, but Ozzie Guillen was the wrong guy to play housekeeper at the newest and gaudiest stadium in all of Major League Baseball.
The Marlins brass figured that out, as Guillen led the Miami Marlins to a last place finish in the NL East, and couldn’t make things work with some of the best talent in the league. The team even shipped their former marquee player, Hanley Ramirez, to Los Angeles before the July 31st trade deadline.
On Tuesday, it was announced that the foul mouthed–when his foot isn’t in his mouth–manager was fired from his post. It would seem wise for the Marlins to chase someone with consistent winning ways.
It was foolish of the Marlins to bring Ozzie into such a situation in the first place. Ozzie Guillen is the type of guy you bring in when you’ve got a veteran club which gets along together, and needs a spark to remind them that there is a little youth left in the legs. Precisely why he was able to manage a blue collar, Chicago White Sox squad to a World Series championship.
The Marlins were a new meld of talent, and possessed no chemistry. The Ramirez/Jose Reyes experiment was a dismal failure, and the team consistently struggled to manufacture any runs…or put butts in seats.
It’s hard to imagine who might fight well in Miami. Perhaps a blind person, who won’t be distracted by the “flavor” all over the stadium, nor depressed by the lack of fans in the seats.