19 April 2012
The Economics of Ozzie Guillen (for Luke)
So good ol Ozzie has been in the news again. Here is a quick synopsis from the Huffington Post:
Because a lot of my readers are not baseball fans a quick background:
Ozzie is a former player, then the manger of the Chicago WhiteSox, now the manager of the Miami Marlins
(Miami Marlins as in Miami Florida, home of a huge Cuban refugee community).
Last week Ozzie said this:
"I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that son of a bitch is still there."
My temptation is of course to attempt to explain to non-Cuban Americans how I think Cuba is better off with Castro then it would have been without him. But....that will have to wait, and the man did cause a lot of damage as well.
For now, The Marlins response to Guillen's comment is where my problem lies.
This is a team with a new stadium, a new name (formally Florida Marlins) that is attempting to build a new image. This type of thing is exactly the reason they hired Guillen. This is the first time in my baseball loving memory that the Marlins have been national news for more than 12 hours (other than winning the World Series). Suspending Guillen for 5 games, when behind closed doors he was probably given a huge bonus for drawing attention (exactly what they are paying him to do), assumes that all baseball fans are ignorant asses that can't grasp why the Marlins would hire a loudmouth ass to be an ineffective on-field manager in the first place.
Sorry for the rant, but it was promised!