All the money, glitz and glamor of Miami's 2012 season wound up with the Marlins going 69-93, good for last place in the NL East. On Tuesday, Miami fired Ozzie Guillen after just one season with the Marlins.
Miami signed Guillen to a four-year, 10 million contract after "trading" for him in September of 2011, dealing minor leaguers Ozzie Martinez and Jhan Marinez to the White Sox during the final series of the season. Martinez was outrighted off the White Sox 40-man roster in June, but Marinez made a handful appearances out of the White Sox bullpen and had a 2.86 ERA in 63 innings with Triple-A Charlotte.
Despite signing Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell (who was traded to Arizona last week) to expensive offseason deals, the Marlins didn't even break the 70-win mark and wound up being sellers at the deadline, dealing away Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante before the end of July. Miami was tied atop the NL East on June 3, but sunk to 7 12 games back by the end of the month and wasn't a serious playoff contender.
The firing of Guillen evoked this reaction from Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco:
In eight years managing the White Sox, Guillen won two division titles and the team's first World Series since 1917. Guillen's Sox teams went 678-617.