Ozzie not letting job speculation get to him
Manager takes responsibility for Marlins' struggles, hopes to get shot to reverse them
MIAMI -- One year after being hired as Marlins manager, Ozzie Guillen said he wouldn't change a thing if he had to do it all over again.
The Marlins hired Guillen on Sept. 28, 2011, with high hopes for the 2012 season, but those expectations have fallen short as the team headed into its final homestand at 66-90. Guillen, who said nobody in the organization is as disappointed as he is this season, is owning up to those shortcomings.
"When you're the captain of the boat, you're the captain of the plane, you need to take responsibilities," Guillen said. "You got to take full responsibility. ... But I wouldn't change anything. We just played bad. I take full responsibility for what happened this year."
With the Marlins in last place in the National League East, there have been reports and rumors about Guillen's future with the team. Guillen, in the first year of a four-year contract, said it's hard at times to look some people in the eye when he walks from the parking garage to his office every day, because this season has taken a toll on his pride.
Despite that, he isn't letting the speculation get to him. He said he has bigger things to worry about than job security, like the upcoming election in Venezuela that could affect his family that's still down there.
"You know when I worry [about my job]? Every time I lose a game," Guillen said. "I'm worried, I'm embarrassed, I'm sad, I'm mad. Every time we go inside and we don't win a game. But to get fired, if you got my job, you better prepare yourself to get fired, because sooner or later, that's going to happen.
"Only a few managers in baseball leave with the crown in their hand. Most of the guys, they're gone. That's the bad thing about this gig."
Guillen said he was with team owner Jeffrey Loria for several days while the team was in New York last week, and nothing was brought up about Guillen's job security. The skipper added that he was with members of the team's front office for the past six days on the road, and nothing about his future came up in discussions. Guillen inquired about the reports surfacing in the media, but was told "nothing was going on."
"When you get fired, it's like a divorce," Guillen said. "When you're going to get divorced, you just get your papers and 'sign this.' It's the same way. When you're going to get fired, the front-office people aren't going to make any comments."
Guillen has dealt with the same speculation at the end of every season since 2006, he said. It comes with the territory.
He fully expects to be back next season, and team executives have asked him about his opinions on the team for 2013. He told a group of reporters in Spanish that he thinks it would be unfair if the team fired him after one season, considering everything the Marlins have been through this year.
Although Guillen said he expects to be back in '13, based on this season alone, he said "of course ... I should get fired," before adding that Loria and the rest of the front office "know what they want," so the decision is ultimately up to them.
Tom Green is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.