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Ozzie Guillen, of the Miami Marlins, Says 'Adios' To Twitter

May 18, 2012

Manny Navarro

Ozzie Guillen

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said he's done with Twitter.

The outspoken 48-year old explained why before Thursday's game against the Braves. "I hate Twitter. Everybody who follows me can [expletive] their pants," Guillen said.

"Don't follow me anymore. It's a stupid thing. I never made any money on that. When you speak Spanish, you speak Spanish. When you speak English [people say] 'you don't know how to spell English.' Get a real job. Get a life. I don't make money out of that. I'm done."

Were people on Twitter sending Guillen nasty messages? "People are nasty," Guillen said. "I don't need that. I don't need the aggravation. So many nasty people. They don't have nothing better to do.

"I'm not Kim Kardashian. I don't sell anything in my life to have a Twitter. I tweeted yesterday about my friend dying. I hadn't tweeted in three months. I don't tweet anymore. Follow somebody else. Follow LoMo [Marlins left field Logan Morrison]. It's more fun. LoMo got better stuff than me."

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Guillen has 230,926 followers on Twitter. But he has been relatively quiet of late. After getting suspended last month for five games because of comments he made in a Time magazine article related to Fidel Castro, Guillen went more than a month without posting on the social network before returning last week.

Guillen's tweets this past week included him wishing bench coach Joey Cora a happy birthday and condolences to the family of former White Sox pitcher Kevin Hickey, who passed away Wednesday.

About four hours before the start of the Marlins-Braves game Thursday, Guillen posted this on his Twitter page: "My last tweet. me ultimo tweet buena suerte."

Last year, Guillen was suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount for comments made via Twitter following his ejection and for on-field actions during a game against the Yankees.

It was the first time baseball has penalized a player, coach or manager for use of the social networking site during a game.

Guillen said he plans to maintain his website ozzieguillen.com. "I get paid for the website," he said. "Everything that makes me money I will do it. Free things? Nothing."

This and that

--With the Marlins scheduled to face three right-handers in Cleveland this weekend, Guillen said he will likely use Morrison as the team's designated hitter. Morrison has battled swelling and soreness in his right knee since having it scoped in December.

He's played in 34 of the Marlins 38 games -- counting Thursday -- but has appeared in eight of those games as a pinch hitter. Morrison hasn't started in more than four consecutive games without a day off or a break from fielding yet this season.

-- Giancarlo Stanton is tied for the most errors among outfielders in the National League with five and yet has made SportsCenter's Top 10 plays two nights in a row this week for making highlight reel grabs.

But that's what you get, Marlins outfield coach Gary Thurman said Thursday, when you've got a 22-year old who has loads of talent, but loses his concentration now and again.

"He just has to concentrate on every single play," Thurman said. "[His potential] is through the roof. He's got all the tools. He's got a great arm. He's got good speed. He just needs to play a little bit and get in some situations he hasn't been in and maybe think ahead a little bit about what can happen so he's prepared for it when it does happen. But, you see all the tools he posses. If he hones those things in, the sky is the limit for him."

Coming up

-- Friday: Marlins RHP Carlos Zambrano (1-2, 1.88) at Indians RHP Justin Masterson (1-3, 5.40), 7:05 p.m., Progressive Field.

-- Saturday: Marlins RHP Anibal Sanchez (2-1, 2.28) at Indians RHP Jeanmar Gomez (2-2, 3.75), 4:05 p.m.

-- Sunday: Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (1-3, 5.36) at Indians RHP Derek Lowe (6-1, 2.05), 1:05 p.m.

-- Scouting report: The Marlins are making their third trek ever to Cleveland. Their two previous trips included the 1997 World Series and taking 2 of 3 from the Indians in 2004. The Marlins lead the regular season series 6-3.



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