MIAMI -- The lingering backlash caused by Ozzie Guillen's praise of Fidel Castro contributed to another Miami Marlins managerial shake-up Tuesday.
Guillen was fired after one year with the Marlins, undone by too many losses and one too many ill-advised remarks.
A promising season began to derail in April with Guillen's laudatory comments about Cuba's former leader. Six months later, the episode was a factor in the decision to fire Guillen, Marlins officials said.
"Let's face it. It was not a positive for the team; it was not a positive for Ozzie," president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. "It was a disappointment, no doubt about it."
A lousy team didn't help, either. The Marlins took high hopes into their new ballpark following an offseason spending spree but finished last in the NL East at 69-93, their worst record since 1999.
The Marlins still owe Guillen $7.5 million for the three years left on his contract.
"We all felt we had a pretty good ballclub coming out of spring training, and we just didn't play well," Beinfest said. "We all share in this. This is not a fun day for me, certainly not for Ozzie or [owner] Jeffrey [Loria] or anybody involved. This is an organizational failure. But we felt like we needed to make this change so we could move forward."
The decision to fire Guillen came on the eve of the World Series, nearly three weeks after the Marlins' final game, following a lengthy assessment of what went wrong this year.