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Marlins discuss Ozzie firing

Some snippets from Marlins executive Larry Beinfest's late Tuesday afternoon conference call to discuss Ozzie Guillen's firing:

### Beinfest, not surprisingly, wouldn't give a specific reason for his dismissal: "I don't think it's any one thing. It's all cumulative. We all share in this. This is not a fun day for me. We felt we needed to make a change to move forward. We all felt we had a pretty good ballclub coming out of spring training and we just didn't play well. When you look at the overall record of this team, we need to do some roster stuff, and a lot of that falls on me and our front office. But without our situation downstairs, we feel we can move things forward. We knew we were handicapping Ozzie a little bit in the second half" after trading Hanley Ramirez and other veterans.

### On why the decision wasn't made for three weeks: "Everyone wanted to take a step back and let's make a clear decision. We let him know unfortunately by telephone because he was traveling, about an hour and a half ago. I spoke to Ozzie. The conversation was brief. He was professional, which we expected. He thanked the organization and Jeffrey for the opportunity."

### Beinfest was asked if he didn't know what he was getting with Ozzie: "You never really know somebody until you live with them everyday. Ozzie is Ozzie. That's the way he is."

### Beinfest said the Marlins will immediately start a search for a replacement and haven't yet put together a list and that Jeffrey Loria will be involved in the search.  "We're looking for a winner," Beinfest said. He said previous managerial decision is not a requirement. "We need to be open to it."

### Beinfest said a winning culture needs to be restored: "We need to win period, and that's been missing. Maybe we have gotten away from the Marlins way.... I can't tell you exactly what the Marlins way is today. We still have some guiding philosophies. Maybe we need to rethink things, how we make roster decisions. We need to spend some time redefining ourselves with a new manager."

### Beinfest, on whether the Marlins job is attractive considering the team has had eight managers since 2002: "As bad as things were, we have a lot of things going for us. I would think this would be attractive to a lot of people."

As far as the club's penchant for changing managers, he admitted "some of the instability may have been a little bit of a detriment."

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Frankie

Actually agree with Barkley for a change

Jo jo

Kerr comes the closest as to how I see a key strategy for the Heat this season.I agree with him that Pittman(it s about time to step up) and Anthony need to be further developed to deal with the brutal BIGS the Heat will be facing.THEY both need to get their share of minutes.........without fouling out.The overall chemistry is a big plus for the Heat and hopefully...it only gets better with the additions of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.

G-Money

It is interesting, Miami played different versions of teams last year and ended up champions. Honestly, I thought that they would lose to the Thunder in last season's finals. I believe if healthy they have as much versatility as any team, although they are somewhat undersized. The difference is a guy like Mike Miller getting rebounds, their rotations on defense, and their selflessness on offense- they are a very good TEAM.

sflafan

Everyone forgets one thing, the Heat have LeBron James. He is the Michael Jordan of this era. A player so far and away better than everyone else in the league, just like MJ was, even though there were other great, Hall of Fame players in his day as well. Put a good cast around him, and that supernatural star will win ALL the time. And the Heat have an excellent supporting cast. LeBron is in another stratosphere the likes of which we have not seen since MJ. MJ willed his teams to wins with his greatness. So will LeBron. It's his time, his prime, his basketball world. At least for now.

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Florida may be the most relevant of the Sunshine State college football teams, but Miami and Florida State still attracted the largest overnight rating on Saturday.

The latest edition of “Saturday Night Football,” featuring Miami/Florida State in most of the country, earned a 3.5 overnight rating on ABC — up 59% from coverage featuring a delayed Texas Tech/Oklahoma game last year (2.2)

Saturday’s telecast, which also included Baylor/Texas in some markets, earned the highest college football overnight of the day. The afternoon South Carolina/Florida game on CBS, the site of ESPN’s “College Gameday” studio show, only drew a 3.3 overnight.
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Marios

Heat can pick up a big during the season with amnesty rule like we did with Turiaf but a better player. Don't sleep on Dallas, with Elton Brand and Kaman added to that roster can slow down the Lakers in the WC, and Philly if Bynum is healthy will not be a pushover, still the Heat and Lakers should be the favorites. I guess everyone's fears of superstars teamingup was going to be a bad thing for the NBA was unfounded. This has always been done except now the players control it, not David Stern - for now - that control freak is surely cooking something up.

mickey

"Maybe we have gotten away from the Marlins way. I can't tell you what the Marlins way is." Larry Beinfest Oct.23, 2012.

This is an actual quote copied from the above article. Am I the only one who sees the Marlins as complete and total incompetents?

Penguin

The Marlins are idiots. Cannot believe Beinfest is staying and Guillen is going.

Good for Guillen, though. Who wants to be part of a team that is constantly rejiggering its talent?

witz

Managing the Marlins can be attractive only to someone trying to break into that big-league loop, with a realistic understanding that this job won't last long. If the new guy handles it well, despite the built-in downsides, he could be an attractive candidate when better jobs open up at well-run franchises.

'witz

Al G

I did not think Guillen would last... They put up with his crap in Chicago to be politically correct but in Miami one needs not be politically correct... In Miami when he shot his mouth people made him aware that he was shooting his mouth and were not going to put up with it like they did in Chicago. I am glad they fired him. Good riddings!

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