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Thursday
Feb232012

Guillen Prepares for First Season in Miami

BananaStock/Thinkstock(JUPITER, Fla.) -- The Miami Marlins come into the 2012 baseball season as one of the most interesting teams to watch.

Ozzie Guillen is entering his first season as manager after spending the past seven seasons with the White Sox, and the Marlins have a reloaded roster which includes all-star shortstop Jose Reyes and all-star reliever Heath Bell.

To go along with those new additions, Guillen will have his former player Mark Buehrle and former cross-town rival pitcher Carlos Zambrano in the pitching rotation.  With all the expectations and playing in a competitive NL East, Guillen told ESPN that he is still going to be himself despite the change of scenery.

"I have to be myself, the reason they brought me here is because who I am and what I can do," said Guillen. "I think most of the players know me right now but I'm not going to change.  I'm 48 years old, why do I have to change?"

With the addition of Reyes, Hanley Ramirez will be making the move to third base but Guillen believes that it will be a smooth transition.

"They (Reyes and Ramirez) get along very well, I think that helps a lot," said Guillen who won a World Series in 2005 with the White Sox and was a part of the 2003 Florida Marlins staff who also won a World Series. "We have one of the best shortstops in the game playing for us.  I think Hanley is going to have a career year."

Guillen also added that he isn't concerned with the rest of the teams in the NL East and said to be the best you, "have to beat the best."

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Saturday
Feb112012

Ozzie Guillen: Dunn's Struggles Last Season Came As No Surprise

Brian Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Around this time last season, the Chicago White Sox signed slugging first baseman Adam Dunn to a four-year $56 million contract, hoping they were adding a premier offensive player to their lineup. That didn't happen as Dunn batted just .159 while hitting 11 home runs, and drove in only 42 runs. If you ask former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, he saw it coming in spring training.

"I looked at his swing and I told [bench coach] Joey Cora going home, 'We've got a big problem,' " Guillen said while on "The Wadle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000.

"It was painful to see Adam Dunn every at-bat and walk behind me [in the dugout] with a long face [after] striking out," Guillen went onto say.

Even though Dunn is a career .243 hitter, his power was never called into question before signing with the White Sox. In 2010 when he was a member of the Washington Nationals, Dunn belted 38 home runs and drove in 103 runs. He had hit at least 38 home runs in seven consecutive seasons before joining the White Sox.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Buehrle Signs With Miami Marlins: Report

BananaStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The Miami Marlins continued their free agent shopping spree Wednesday, signing four-time All-Star pitcher Mark Buehrle to a four-year deal worth $58 million, according to ESPN.

The 32-year-old Buehrle comes over from the Chicago White Sox, where he has won 10 games or more in each of the last 11 seasons. He will reunite with former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, now the new skipper of the Marlins.

“When I talked to them about my contract, they were saying, we are going to build a great ballclub,” Guillen said. “Lot of people, when we come to the (baseball’s winter) meeting, they thought it was kind of fake. Now they show people it’s for real and I’m very excited.”

Buehrle becomes the third marquee free agent to sign with the Marlins this offseason, joining shortstop Jose Reyes and closer Heath Bell.

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