MLB notes: Marlins fire Ozzie Guillen after one season
The Marlins fired manager Ozzie Guillen after one year at the helm on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (Joe Skipper/Reuters/Files)
After just one season, Ozzie Guillen's act wore thin in Miami.
The outspoken Guillen was fired Tuesday as manager of the Marlins with three years remaining on his contract.
"After careful consideration following the disappointment of the 2012 season, we decided to dismiss Ozzie," Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. "Our managerial search begins immediately and our hope is that a new manager, along with roster improvements, will restore a winning culture."
Guillen, 48, signed a four-year contract worth a reported $10 million on Sept. 28, 2011, when he was hired with great fanfare, coming off an eight-year reign with the Chicago White Sox.
The Marlins had high hopes entering the season in a new stadium with a handful of high-priced free agents including shortstop Jose Reyes starting pitcher Steve Buehrle and closer Heath Bell.
Guillen got off to a shaky start in Miami when in an interview he praised Fidel Castro, drawing a five-game suspension in April from MLB and the anger of the Cuban-American community. The Marlins finished with a 69-93 record.
ROCKIES BROADEN SEARCH
A number of candidates have been making the rounds interviewing for MLB managerial openings.
Next, they'll be trooping off to Colorado -- if not Toronto and Miami -- to apply for the job of Rockies manager.
The Rockies are expanding their search, according to the Denver Post. Potential candidates include coaches Sandy Alomar Jr. of the Cleveland Indians; Tim Wallach of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Mike Gallego of the Oakland Athletics; and Brad Ausmus, a special assistant with the San Diego Padres.
The Rockies have interviewed two internal candidates: Bench coach Tom Runnells and first baseman Jason Giambi.
SOX SIGN ORTIZ
The Boston Red Sox finalized a two-year deal worth about $29 million with David Ortiz on Tuesday night.
The designated hitter played for $14.575 million in 2012.
Ortiz, who turns 37 on Nov. 18, hit .318 with 23 homers and 60 RBI in 90 games.
Meanwhile, fired Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Tuesday on Costas Tonight that Ortiz quit on the team last season when he realized that things were going downhill.
After July 16 Ortiz played only one game (Aug. 24) because of injuries, spending the rest of the time on the disabled list.
"David Ortiz came back after spending about six weeks on the disabled list and we thought it was only going to be a week," Valentine said. "He got two hits the first two times up, drove in a couple runs; we were off to the races. Then he realized ... we're not even going to finish the race properly and he decided not to play anymore."
FIELD OF DREAMS?
Former Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk was charged with DUI in Illinois on Monday when he allegedly was found asleep at the wheel of his truck in the middle of a corn field, TMZ reported.
A police source said the Hall of Famer had an open bottle of vodka in the truck. Fisk was released Tuesday.
Micah Owings, a relief pitcher who arguably has made a bigger impression with his bat, has been cut by the San Diego Padres. The 30-year-old has a career batting average of .283 in 219 plate appearances. As a pitcher, he has a 32-22 record with a 4.86 earned-run average ... The Chicago Cubs have given assistant general manager Randy Bush a three-year contract extension. The 54-year-old has been with the Cubs since 2005. The Cubs also announced David Bell as third-base coach and removed the interim tag from hitting coach James Rowson ... Free-agent pitcher Randy Wolf will have Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, the Baltimore Sun reported. Wolf, 36, pitched with the Orioles and Milwaukee Brewers last season and hopes to return to the majors in 2014 ... Pitcher David Herndon, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery in June, has been claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. Herndon, 27, pitched in five games in 2012 for the Philadelphia Phillies before having surgery on his right elbow. He has a career record of 2-8 with a 3.85 ERA. Right-hander Tyson Brummett, who had been claimed off waivers from Philadelphia last week, was designated for assignment to make roster space for Herndon.