Why Suspending Ozzie Guillen Five Games is a Joke

Why Suspending Ozzie Guillen Five Games is a Joke

Miami Marlins dropped the ball with Guillen's suspension. Should have been more.

Ozzie Guillen is known for his outspoken and wild personality. He is a World Series winning manager and is the new leader of the Miami Marlins. He has said many things in the past that were controversial but never like what he told Time Magazine. He told Time that he loves Fidel Castro and respects him for being in power for so long. These comments have caused protest and have angered the Cuban-American community.

Guillen issued an apology today at a press conference but the problem is that he knew exactly what he was doing. He has made comments about Castro before. In a Men’s Journal article in 2008, Guillen stated: “He’s a bull___ dictator and everybody’s against him, and he still survives, has power. Still has a country behind him. Everywhere he goes they roll out the red carpet. I don’t admire his philosophy. I admire him.” I guess he felt that if I can get away with it the first time, why not make it a point to say it again.

What is so troubling is that the Miami Marlins organization is not being sensitive to the Cuban-American community by only suspending Ozzie Guillen for five games. In baseball, that practically equates to a week. What is 5 games in a 162 game season? It’s a slap in the face. If you don’t outright fire Guillen, at the very least you have to send a message stating that we are not Chicago Whitesox. We are not going to allow you to say whatever you want without consequences. Guillen has gotten into it with his former GM in Chicago. He has made crazy remarks in the past like getting drunk after games. The time is now for Guillen to stop all of the side show acts and act like a manager. As long as the team wins, he will get his shine. He doesn’t have to these uncalled for things to get attention. Now he’s getting the attention that he deserves.

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