With just five games remaining in the Marlins’ disappointing 2012 season, speculation continues to surround manager Ozzie Guillen and his uncertain future with the ballclub.
Marlins ownership has thus far been silent on the issue, both to the public and — according to Guillen — Guillen himself.
Guillen said that he spent some time last week meeting with Marlins executives including owner Jeffrey Loria, but Guillen said the issue of his tenure was never brought up.
On the other hand, the manager also used an analogy to explain that if he does get fired, he will be the last person to know it.
“When your wife is cheating on you, you’re the last person to find out,” Guillen said Friday, the one-year anniversary of his Miami signing. “Same way in baseball.”
For his part, Guillen said that he thinks he deserves another chance to lead the Marlins.
“I think it would be unfair if they fire me after just one chance,” Guillen said in Spanish.
At the same time, Guillen said he would understand if he did in fact get fired, as he is ashamed of the way this year has gone for the Marlins.
On Thursday Miami suffered its 90th loss of the season — the same total the team had at the end of the 2011 season.
“I don’t think anyone is more sad, more embarrassed than me,” Guillen said. “Walking from the parking lot to my office, it’s kind of hard looking people in the face. I have a lot of pride, and my pride was very down this year.”
Despite hinting that star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton might sit out the rest of the season because of an oblique strain, Guillen placed Stanton back in the starting lineup on Friday.
Guillen said he hopes Stanton can play throughout the final homestand.
Stanton has had an impressive third season in Miami, hitting 35 home runs with 82 RBI, despite having been sidelined with injuries three separate times, including much of spring training.
Guillen said that he was concerned about the long-term endurance of Stanton’s 6-5, 248-pound frame.
“He’s going to have some issues because his body is going to suffer a lot,” Guillen said. “He plays hard, diving for balls, running hard. … Hopefully, this winter he can relax a bit, work out, do whatever he needs to do to be ready for spring training.”
• Saturday: Marlins Ricky Nolasco RHP (12-12, 4.35 ERA) vs. Phillies RHP Roy Halladay (10-8 4.40), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.29) vs. Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (16-6, 3.11), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: Halladay is coming off his worst outing of his career after surrendering seven runs in less than two innings against the Atlanta Braves.