MIAMI — Ozzie Guillen was fired Tuesday after one year as manager of the last-place Miami Marlins, whose promising season began to derail in April when his laudatory comments about Fidel Castro caused a backlash.
Miami's next manager will be the fifth for owner Jeffrey Loria since early 2010. Two managers he fired made the playoffs this year. The Marlins still owe Guillen $7.5 million for the three years remaining on his contract.
"After careful consideration following the disappointment of the 2012 season, we decided to dismiss Ozzie," president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said in a statement. "Our managerial search begins immediately and our hope is that a new manager, along with roster improvements, will restore a winning culture."
UMPIRES: Gerry Davis will be the umpires’ crew chief for the World Series and will work behind the plate in tonight’s opener between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers.
He will be joined by Dan Iassogna (first base for the opener), Fieldin Culbreth (second), Brian O’Nora (third), Brian Gorman (left) and Joe West (right).
ARBITRATION: Colorado outfielder Tyler Colvin, a former North Augusta standout, is among six extra players eligible for salary arbitration this winter under baseball’s new labor contract.
Washington reliever Drew Storen, San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, New York Mets catcher Josh Thole, Tampa Bay outfielder Sam Fuld and third baseman Chris Johnson also are eligible because of the new deal, Major League Baseball and the players’ union agreed Tuesday.
DODGERS: Reliever Kenley Jansen underwent surgery on his heart to return it to normal rhythm.
During Tuesday’s surgery at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles the abnormal tissue in Jansen’s heart was identified and cauterized to stop the abnormal electrical signals sent from the area. After the nearly three-hour procedure, Jansen’s heart was in normal rhythm.
He will remain in the hospital overnight and be released Wednesday. After seven to 10 days, Jansen can resume physical activity with no restrictions.