Ozzie Guillen Is Hired as Marlins’ Manager After White Sox Exit

Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Ozzie Guillen was hired as manager of the Florida Marlins, two days after being released from his contract with the Chicago White Sox.

Guillen, 47, agreed to a four-year contract with the Marlins, who have a 72-89 record this season and are opening a $515 million ballpark next season in downtown Miami. The Marlins didn’t disclose financial terms of his contract.

“He’s a man of passion, this is what this club needs,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said at a televised news conference. “I couldn’t be happier. We needed more energy going into our new ballpark. It’s all about timing.”

As compensation for releasing Guillen from his contract, the White Sox will receive two minor league prospects: infielder Ozzie Martinez and reliever Jhan Marinez.

Guillen spent eight years with the White Sox and guided the team to a 678-617 record and a World Series title in 2005. He had one year remaining on his contract in Chicago and said he didn’t want to return without a new deal for more money.

“My goal is to have a lot of media and a lot of fans because that means we’re winning and have a good product on the field,” Guillen said in Miami.

Guillen will replace Jack McKeon, who’s retiring after the team’s final game of the season on Sept. 28. McKeon, 80, is the second-oldest manager in major-league history behind Connie Mack, who ran the Philadelphia Athletics at 87 in 1950.

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