After only one season, the Miami Marlins have fired manager Ozzie Guillen.
Guillen got off to a bad start with the club following what was perceived as comments that were favorable to Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Miami has a large Cuban community, and there were calls for the club to fire him immediately.
The Marlins finished the season in last place in the National League East division with a 69-93 record. The Marlins were expected to make strides following the addition of some notable free agents and a new stadium.
Guillen's contract was for four years, so he will be paid for the remaining duration of his deal. He had previously managed the Chicago White Sox, and spent 12 seasons with the club as a shortstop.
"After careful consideration following the disappointment of the 2012 season, we decided to dismiss Ozzie," Marlins 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."
Guillen's firing after just one season is rather similar to the dismissal of Bobby Valentine in Boston. Like the Red Sox, the Marlins were considered major disappointments in the 2012 season, and decided to let go of their contentious manager.