One day after being fired by the Marlins, ousted manager Ozzie Guillen said he didn't have time for a lengthy interview. For one thing, Guillen said he was in a huge rush to get to Chicago, where he keeps his permanent residence.
For another, Guillen said, "I don't have much to say."
"No matter what I say, people are going to believe what they want to believe," Guillen wrote in a text message. "That's why I'm going to stay away."
Guillen echoed earlier comments in which he accepted blame for his role in the Marlins' last-place finish.
"Once again, manager's fault," he wrote.
But Guillen said he disagreed with the decision to fire him after one season.
"I know some people are on my side," Guillen said. "They should (be) because I don't think it was the right decision. But they (management) have the right to do whatever they have to do."
As for any future plans, it's anyone's guess. Guillen is guaranteed the remainder of his original contract, which will pay him $7.5 million over the next three years.
"We'll see what is going to happen," Guillen said. "Now going to Chicago."
The Marlins aren't wasting any time in trying to locate a replacement for Guillen. Former Marlins catcher Mike Redmond is interviewing tonight with the team, and is considered by many to be the favorite to win the job. Redmond has managed the past two seasons in the low minors for the Toronto Blue Jays and spent this past season running the show at Single A Dunedin.
Sources said the Marlins also hope to interview Reds pitching coach Bryan Price for their managing vacancy.