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McKeon: "I like Ozzie... I'm going to have to like him right?"

The Marlins aren't answering any questions. But if you believe all the noise coming out of Chicago, Ozzie Guillen is going to be the Marlins next manager.

Jack McKeon, who had Guillen as his third base coach in 2003 when the Marlins last won the World Series, said after Monday's 6-4 loss to the Nationals Guillen will do the Marlins well.

"I like Ozzie. I think he's a very, very intelligent manager," McKeon said after the Marlins 6-4 loss Monday night to the Nationals. "I think he's a smart player, he was a smart player. I think he'll do well. He's done well. He's a good man. I like him. I'm going to have to like him right?"

McKeon, who announced his retirement Monday, took over a Marlins team that had lost 10 consecutive games under Edwin Rodriguez and fell from second place into the NL East basement at 32-40 before Rodriguez abruptly resigned June 19th.

The Marlins eventually got back to .500 on Aug. 2 in New York but lost second baseman Omar Infante and shortstop Hanley Ramirez to injuries "and the season went downhill from there," McKeon said.

The Marlins clinched last place in the division when they were swept by the Brewers during the weekend.

Asked what he thought Guillen could bring the Marlins, McKeon said: "You've got me. Ozzie isn't going to bring anything. The players are going to bring it... Ozzie is a colorful guy. You guys will love him. You'll have a lot to write about, talk about. He's a colorful guy and he knows this game. What he can bring -- it's like anything else. Good managers are good because of good players."

McKeon also said he like the way Guillen "was able to control the players, especially the latin players."

"He wasn't afraid to jump on 'em, encourage 'em, but also try to help them," McKeon said. "He wasn't worried about being their friend. He was going to tell it like it is. And that's Ozzie. He tells it like it is. Sort of reminds me of another guy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't."

Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who like Guillen is from Venezuela, said he respects the 47-year old manager and what he's accomplished.

"He was a very good player in the big leagues for many years. If its true that he's coming over here, I think it will be something that helps us a lot. But like anything, we have to have the right chemistry between the players to win," Sanchez said.

"I think all the manager needs to know how do is put the pieces in the right place to win. The rest is on the players. I know he won a World Series with the White Sox and I consider him a good friend in the few times I've dealt with him. Let's see what happens."

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Rudy

So what ?! So we're gonna get Guillen ... who gives a crap ?! The real question is ... "who are the FREE-AGENTS, the Marlins are willing to PAY FOR ?!!

Flav C.

Rudy, that's a fair question. All i can say is that Guillen will get a good amount of money signing with the Marlins. Money that i'd prefer to see invested in good free-agent players or contracts renewals (i.e. Anibal, Stanton).

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