Ozzie Returns to Miami to Apologize for Castro Remarks

Former Chicago White Sox manager to apologize for remarks he made about Fidel Castro

By Anthony Ponce
|  Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012  |  Updated 3:55 PM CDT
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Ozzie to Apologize for Castro Remarks

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MIAMI, FL - MARCH 06: Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen looks on during a game against the University of Miami Hurricanes at Marlins Park on March 6, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is expected back in Miami Tuesday morning to apologize for remarks he made about Fidel Castro. 

The Miami Marlins manager recently was quoted in Time Magazine saying he has love and respect for the Cuban dictator for staying in power for so long. Guillen has since backtracked on those comments, but the damage is far from done.

The remarks have caused such a firestorm in Miami that some are calling for Guillen's resignation or the Marlins to fire him.

One sportscaster called this the worst thing that could have come out of the manager's mouth given the area's huge Cuban American population.

Guillen, a long-known sufferer of foot-in-mouth disease, told local reporters he "felt sick" when he read his comments to Time Magazine. He's taking Tuesday, a day off for Miami, to hold a news conference to clarify and apologize for his remarks.

"I want to get that thing over with and I told the Marlins I want to fly as soon as I can, and tomorrow's a day off," he said. "I figured I'd rather be in Miami and clear everything up."

The Marlins organization already released a statement denouncing the Cuban leader, and Major League Baseball said it's reviewing whether to punish Guillen.

 

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