Ozzie Guillen Canned by Marlins

The Ozzie Guillen era is officially over in Miami after a short 1-year stint. The Marlins entered the 2012 campaign with high exceptions following the hire of Guillen along with the acquisitions of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell.  The Ozzie Guillen era was off to a rough start in early April when he was suspended for 5 games following controversial remarks made about Fidel Castro. “I love Fidel Castro … I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that motherf*cker is still here.” The controversial statements were a real concern to Marlins ownership, specifically considering the large population of Cubans in the Miami area. The Marlins concluded the 2012 season with a 69-93 record and a last place finish in the National League East.  Don’t feel bad for Ozzie as he will still collect $7.5 million over the next 3 years.  Enjoy the paid time off Mr. Guillen.

Typical Ozzie Rant circa 2008:

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Van Gundy Fired

After losing to the Indiana Pacers in 5 games, the Orlando Magic decided it was time to clean house. The result was firing Head Coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith. Van Gundy in five seasons in Orlando had a 259-135 record and was 31-28  in the playoffs. He won 3 Southeast Division titles and the 2009 Eastern Conference Championship. The Magic have had the fourth best winning percentage in the NBA under Van Gundy’s watch.

Van Gundy was hired in Orlando in 2007.

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Jaguars Fire Del Rio

The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired Head Coach Jack Del Rio. Del Rio coached the Jaguars for 10 seasons and had a 68-71 record. He led the Jags to the playoffs twice where he went 1-1. Jack played in the NFL for 11 seasons with the Saints, Chiefs, Cowboys and Vikings. Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker will coach the team for the rest of the season.

Del Rio led the Jaguars to the playoffs twice.

Pretty much sums up the Jaguars play this season.