Ozzie Guillen was fired Tuesday as manager of the Miami Marlins, who finished last in the National League East after starting the season with high hopes for a pennant.
Besides failing to meet expectations on the field, Guillen provoked outrage in the city's large and powerful Cuban-American community by expressing grudging admiration for the survival skills of Fidel Castro.
"After careful consideration following the disappointment of the 2012 season, we decided to dismiss Ozzie," the Marlins' president of baseball operations, Larry Beinfest, said Tuesday in a statement.
The Marlins posted a record of 69-93, nothing like what club owner Jeffrey Loria expected when he hired Guillen away from the Chicago White Sox and spent $191 million to acquire talented free agents.
Guillen was brought in to preside over the Marlins' first season in their new $634 million stadium.
Once it became clear the team would not reach the playoffs, Marlins management put some of its stars on the trading block, including pitcher Anibal Sanchez and catcher Omar Infante, who ended up with eventual American League champion Detroit.
The 48-year-old Guillen managed the White Sox to victory in the 2005 World Series. EFE