MIAMI (AP) -- Ozzie Guillen has been fired after one year as manager of the last-place Miami Marlins, whose promising season began to derail in April when his laudatory comments about Fidel Castro caused a backlash.
The Marlins announced the firing Tuesday. They still owe Guillen $7.5 million for the three years remaining on his contract.
The franchise was supposedly transformed by a spending spree last offseason and the move into a new ballpark, and the Marlins expected to contend for a playoff berth. But a dismal June took them out of contention for good.
The season went sour from the start when Guillen's comments praising former Cuban leader Castro in a magazine interview angered Cuban Americans, who make up a large segment of the Marlins' fan base.
MLB.com had this statement from the team posted on its website:
"After careful consideration following the disappointment of the 2012 season, we decided to dismiss Ozzie," Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said in the team's announcement. "Our managerial search begins immediately and our hope is that a new manager, along with roster improvements, will restore a winning culture."
The wptv.com web team contributed to this report.
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