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Redmond Hired as Marlins Manager

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- Former major league catcher Mike Redmond has been hired as the new Miami Marlins manager on a three-year deal, according to the team.

There will be a news conference to introduce Redmond on Friday.

Redmond will replace Ozzie Guillen, who was fired after one season leading the Marlins to a 69-93 record and a last place finish in the NL East.

Redmond  has spent the last two seasons managing on the Class A level in the Toronto Blue Jay's minor league system.

A .287 hitter over 13 big league seasons, Redmond has caught the second most games in Marlins franchise history with 446. He won a World Series Championship with the team in 2003. 

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Miami Marlins Fire Ozzie Guillen

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The Miami Marlins fired manager Ozzie Guillen on Tuesday, after finishing the year with a 69-93 record.

The 48-year-old Guillen left the Chicago White Sox last season after spending eight seasons as their skipper. He signed a four-year deal with the Marlins worth $10 million. Miami still owes Guillen $7.5 million for the remaining three years on his contract.

The Marlins, wanting to make a good impression in their new ballpark, went on a spending spree last offseason, signing shortstop Jose Reyes, starting pitcher Mark Buehrle and closer Heath Bell for a combined $191 million. Bell was traded to Arizona last weekend.

Despite the influx of talent, Guillen began the season on a sour note when he angered Cuban Americans for praising Fidel Castro in a magazine interview. The Marlins suspended Guillen for five games for the remarks.

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Marlins' Manage Ozzie Guillen Not Worried About His Job Security

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Earlier in the week,'s Ken Rosenthal reported that Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen might be fired at seasons end. Although, Guillen doesn't seem too concerned about those reports.

"Ha. Ha. Ha," Guillen said when asked about the report. "That's the last thing going through my mind every day, if I'm going to have a job next year. I'm going to have a job. I don't know if it's managing the Marlins, but I will have a job. I don't know if it's managing in the big leagues, but I will have a job."

Guillen's first season with the Marlins has not gone how many predicted. The team formerly known as the Florida Marlins opened up their new ballpark this season in hopes of drawing a new generation of fans to see the team. This season, the team ranks 18th in Major League Baseball in attendance which is lower then they had hoped for.

Over the offseason, the team went out and signed players like Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, and Mark Buehrle. The team's offseason spending didn't turn out that well.

The team is in last place in the NL East division and have the 27th ranked offense as well as the 20th ranked team ERA.

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Marlins' Ozzie Guillen Wants Tougher Players in 2013

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- As the underachieving Miami Marlins currently sit in last place in the NL East, their manager Ozzie Guillen is already changing the team's aura as they head into the offseason after next month.

"Same philosophy, less bull," Guillen said when asked Wednesday about the team's recent star players being sidelined. "That's going to work better."

First baseman Logan Morrison is currently on the disabled list with a knee injury and will undergo an operation next week.  Morrison nursed the same injury to start the season and has only played 93 games this season. 

"It's time for this organization to move on and be tough on the players," Guillen said. "We're not going to go through, 'OK, let's wait for another month. It might be better.' It never happens."

Utilityman Emilio Bonifacio and reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo have also battled the injury bug and are both on the disabled list. 

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Marlins Demote Heath Bell From Closer's Spot

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- When the Miami Marlins signed All-Star closer Heath Bell away from the San Diego Padres this offseason, they thought they were getting the guy who saved 43 games in 2011. Instead they're being forced to remove him from the closer's spot.

Bell has struggled mightily in his first season in Miami. After blowing five saves all of last season, Bell already has four blown saves in seven chances this season. After his latest blown save on Friday, Bell's ERA ballooned all the way to 11.42. His WHIP is also an alarming 2.88. He signed a three-year $27 million contract during the offseason.

"Right now, we are going through a tough time," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It happens to the best of them. We are going to move him down for maybe a few days. It's not like we are removing him from the job. ...I made it very clear, it's not a punishment."

Guillen said that he is "leaning" towards having Steve Cishek replace Bell as the team's closer for now.

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Ozzie Guillen Speaks About His Return To The Dugout

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen returned to the bench Tuesday night after serving a five-game suspension for comments he made to Time magazine in which he praised former Cuban President Fidel Castro.

“I don’t think I want to put myself in the same situation again with the community, with the Latino people,” Guillen said before their game against the Cubs. “I’m Latino, that’s the worst feeling ever.”

Guillen held a news conference last week, apologizing for his comments.

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Marlins Manager Guillen Returns to the Bench Tonight

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, who was suspended for five games after praising Cuban leader Fidel Castro, returns tonight when his team hosts the Chicago Cubs.

Guillen returned to the city during a Marlins road trip last week to apologize for his comments.

The Marlins, who revamped their roster over the offseason and opened a new ballpark this year, are off to a slow start in 2012, having won four of their first ten games.

There is a large Cuban-American population in Miami.

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Ozzie Guillen Suspended Five Games, Apologizes For Comments

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- For his comments made about former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for five games without pay. He also spoke today at a news conference to clarify/apologize for the remarks he recently made.

In an interview with Time Magazine, Guillen said he admired and respected Castro for being in power for so long. This deeply upset Cubans living in the Miami area. Guillen later clarified saying that he in fact does not admire Castro, but was simply remarking on the length of time a man like Castro has managed to stay in power.

"Everybody in the world hates Fidel Castro, including myself," Guillen told reporters. "I was surprised that he's still in power. That's what I was trying to say to the journalist. And that's the first thing that came out of my mouth. I admit it. It was the wrong words."

A Cuban-American advocacy group in Miami, Vigilia Mambisa, has come out and said that they will boycott and protest against Guillen and the Marlins until the team fires him.

"I will do everything to make things be better," Guillen later added. "I'm willing to do everything in my power, in the Marlins power, to do everything I can to help this community."

Guillen is eligible to come back from his suspension and rejoin the team on Tuesday, April 17 against the Chicago Cubs.

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Guillen Returning To Miami To Apologize For Castro Comments

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is planning to hold a news conference in Miami Tuesday to apologize and answer questions for his comments he made to Time magazine in which he said he loves and respects former Cuban President Fidel Castro.

Guillen apologized over the weekend after the story came out.

“I know I hurt a lot of people and I’m going to make it clear, especially me,” Guillen said Monday. “I want to get that thing over with.”

A Cuban-American organization is planning to hold a demonstration at Miami’s new ballpark Tuesday.

The Marlins are currently in Philadelphia for a three-game series with the Phillies. The Marlins took the first game on Monday, 6-2. Game two is set for Wednesday.

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Marlins' Manager Ozzie Guillen Apologizes For Castro Remark

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- Ozzie Guillen has been the manager of the new look Miami Marlins for just four regular season games, but he's already causing a stir with comments he made regarding Fidel Castro.

In an interview with Time Magazine, Guillen talked about how he admired and respected Castro for being in power for so long. That didn't go over so well with the heavily Cuban fan base in Miami. Guillen though, later apologized for his comments.

"I will apologize if I hurt somebody's feelings, or I hurt somebody's thought," Guillen told the team's beat writers. "I want them to know I'm against everything 100 percent -- I repeat it again -- the way this man (been) treating people for the last 60 years."

Guillen made some other colorful remarks as well. He added that he gets drunk after every single game at the hotel bar and he's been doing so since he's been in baseball.

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