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Miami Marlins’ Ozzie Guillen unfazed by rumors of possible termination

 

Ozzie Guillen said he doesn’t worry about losing his job, and a source said that Larry Beinfest is unlikely to be fired.

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Ozzie Guillen said he’s “not even thinking about” the rumors suggesting that he might be fired.

“That’s the last thing going through my mind every day,” Guillen said. “I never worry about my job. Never did. Three-year contract. One-year contract. No contract. I don’t.”

But given the hire-and-fire history owner Jeffrey Loria, Guillen said it wouldn’t come as a complete shock if he lost his job after only one season with the Marlins. If Guillen is replaced, the Marlins would begin the 2013 season with their fourth different Opening Day manager in four years.

“If Jeffrey doesn’t think I’m doing the job I should do ... it’s not the first time he’s fired a manager,” Guillen said. “Look yourself in the mirror and ask why so many [bleeping] managers come through here.”

While Guillen’s job could be in danger, a source said it appears unlikely that president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest will lose his. On Thursday, Loria all but denied a USA Today report that Beinfest would be fired, telling The Miami Herald that “I never comment on any ridiculous and fabricated rumors.”

Guillen was not only Loria’s top choice to manage the rebranded club when it moved into the new ballpark, but traded two players to the White Sox to pry him out of Chicago. Loria then gave Guillen a four-year, $10 million contract.

But with the team languishing in last place, sources said Loria is experiencing buyer’s remorse and mulling a managerial change. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, citing an unnamed source, said the Marlins have already contacted one prospective replacement.

Loria and the Marlins’ entire front office staff met Friday in New York. But team president David Samson told reporters that no club official would comment on widespread rumors.

Guillen was not part of those discussions and said Loria hasn’t spoken to him recently about his future.

“I’m gonna have a job,” Guillen said. “I don’t know if it’s managing the Marlins. But I will have a job.”

Guillen’s not the only high-profile manager coming under late-season scrutiny. Speculation also surrounds Detroit’s Jim Leyland and Boston’s Bobby Valentine because of their underachieving teams.

“You know why?” Guillen said. “Because we’re in last place. Leyland didn’t do what he’s supposed to do. I didn’t do what I was supposed to do. Bobby didn’t do what he’s supposed to do. There’s a lot of [managers] in last place that they’re not talking about. They’re not supposed to win, either.”

If members of the Marlins’ front office lose their jobs, Guillen said he would accept some of the blame.

“I let those guys down,” Guillen said. “I don’t fire anybody. Loria’s the one who’s gonna do it. I make people get fired. The thing about this group, we all failed, and we’re all responsible for this.”

The Marlins created high expectations last winter by signing a handful of top-end free agents. But the team performed so badly in June that several players, such as Hanley Ramirez, were sent packing in July trades.

“We all thought it was going to be better for us,” Guillen said. “It wasn’t. We might have picked the wrong guys. We might have spent money on the wrong people. Just name it. At the winter meetings, the expectations were very high with the players, with the manager, with the new park, the new logo. Maybe we learned from the experience. It’s not about expectations.”

Guillen said he will not worry himself about his future and doesn’t pay attention to the rumors.

“Can I say something about those [writers]?” Guillen said. “Ha ha ha. They make me laugh. The rumors and the people, they make me laugh.”

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