Ozzie: Time to move on

Ozzie: Time to move on

Posted by scotgreg on Tue, 10/30/2012 - 13:50
By now, you've undoubtedly heard the Miami Marlins fired manager Ozzie Guillen last week even though he's got three more years - and $7.5 million - remaining on his contract. After a messy exit from the White Sox late in the 2011 season, Miami hired Ozzie and he was expected to guide the Marlins back to the postseason this year. After all, they spent $191 million on free agents Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes and Heath Bell and moved into a new stadium. Instead, the Marlins finished last in the NL East with a 69-93 record and Ozzie did not survive. He addressed his future on Ozzie Guillen.com. “Well, that was a long vacation in Spain,” Ozzie wrote. “What a great trip I had over there; I got to spend some time with some of my now my ex-players. It was great to spend such a great time with some great people. I had the opportunity to go to a Real Madrid game and see some bullfights, a lot of bullfights actually. Unfortunately, when I got back, I was the one that got the horns. “I received that phone call that nobody wants to get. It was short and to the point. I went to Miami to win and to be there awhile. That was the plan, but they chose to go in another direction. Money is great, but that's not what it's all about. Regardless of what I may say, anyone who knows me at all knows that I'm a competitor, I'm a winner, and I want to win more than anything. I like to keep my word, so I like to go out there and compete. That's why I love this game so much. “I don't think I have ever missed a season or not been affiliated with a team since I started playing baseball. Even in 1992, I was part of a team. So, once February rolls around, I'm sure this is going to be a very new feeling for me. With great friends and family I'll get through this and be better for it. I want to thank everyone again for all of their support. Even the people who were happy that things ended up this way, thank you as well. “My love and respect to you. Thanks to all those who have called me to show their support, even people from my former teams like the Braves and the White Sox. I really appreciate it … Now it's time to move on and see what's next for me in my life. Always move forward and never look back.”
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