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Marlins Manager Suspended for Pro-Castro Comments


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What if he had said that Hitler wasn't so bad?

The team built their new stadium in little Havana and are hoping to gain support from a fan base that pretty much ignored them when they played in Fort Lauderdale.

If you fled Cuba because of Fidel and the manager of a team that's trying to court your support came out in support of Fidel, wouldn't you be a bit PO'd?

Uh....Marge Schott???

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Cosider where this is taking place...

South Florida...

Alot of still disgruntled Batistaites living in those regions...

Also consider that The Oz Man is from Venezeula and is a known friend of Hugo Chavez...

The same Hugo Chavez that just had cancer treatment in Cuba...

This is a PR move by the Marlins front office.Ozzie is Ozzie and,being a White Sox fan,know he's prone to say fairly dumb things...

If he was still with The Sox,I'll bet nothing would have happened...

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What are the limits then ?

If he was manager of Seattle Mariners and not the Florida Marlins (whose stadium is in Little Havana) the repercussions would have been very different, in all likelihood.

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Whatever Ozzie said,he's entitled to his political views.I highly doubt,although I cannot verify,that the Florida (sorry Miami) Marlins have policy on speaking one's mind about admiration for any particular world leader...

I'm fairly certain this suspension is a sop to the Batistaites that will be offended by a Latin manager speaking glowingly about someone who deposed there freedom loving dearly departed leader...

He's also no Marge Schott...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marge_Schott

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Oh so racial insensitivity: Bad.

Voicing your support for a brutal dictator: Not as Bad.

:rolleyes:

Fewer people care about Castro and Cuba in Seattle than they do in Florida. Is that so hard to understand?

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Irrelevant. Watching porn at work, on work computers is against company policy. Talking politics or what leader of a country you like does not fall into that realm.

Nonsense. Alientating your fan base is also against company policy.

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It's too bad that the best ball players, race car drivers and so on have to rely on their popularity and not just their skill to make a living.

The Marlins are a private business. That manager's remarks would hurt badly in the Marlins' local market. I believe management was well within their rights to discipline behavior that could hurt attendance.
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The Marlins are a private business. That manager's remarks would hurt badly in the Marlins' local market. I believe management was well within their rights to discipline behavior that could hurt attendance.

Exactly. I don't think some people realize how objectionable a large portion of the population of Miami found Guillen's comments.

Anyways, next up for Guillen? I say he gets a job as manager of a baseball team in Alabama, and goes on to profess his love of Bull Connor! :lol:

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