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Ozzie Guillen's Fidel Castro Comments Get Him Suspended By Marlins


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As the Phillies take on the Florida Marlins in their first home series of the year, the Marlins are putting out a fire off the field.

Ozzie Guillen is already in hot water with his new ballclub just a few games into the regular season for some comments he made about Fidel Castro.

The Marlins decideded to suspend him for 5 games over some comments he made in a Time Magazine article. Guillen said the following in the article: "I love Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that son of a bitch is still there."

It's just the latest in a series of controversies for the former White Sox manager, who gets as much attention for his wild comments, as he does for his managing.

Guillen was under hot water back in 2006 when he made a homosexual slur about Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Marrioti when he called him a "fag." The White Sox ordered Guillen to take sensitivity training.

Here are some other memorable Ozzie Guillen quotes from the over the years:

"I'm the Charlie Sheen of baseball without the drugs and a prostitute."

"I'm not a quitter. When I want to quit, I'll do a lot of stupid things and make sure they fire me and get paid."

"In the '80s and '90s, people made a lot of money and built houses. The first thing they put in their houses was a gym. In my house, the first thing I built was a bar. The second thing I built was another bar."

"I believe him because he's a real religious guy. Someone else tells me they have a migraine, I know they are hung over." On former White Sox pitcher Scott Linebrink, who once told Guillen he was too ill to pitch.

"I tell my kids to be careful who they have sex with. Pick the right woman, because that kid is going to be a Guillen for the rest of his life."

"Even my wife told me Minnesota is coming to town. I said, 'Good, you dating somebody from there?' Who cares?"

Ozzie Guillen has apologized for the Fidel Castro comments and said it's the "biggest mistake" he's ever made in his life.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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