The Loria/Samson/Guillen trio:
David Samson is a hands-on team president who uses his status as the son-in-law of the owner to throw his weight around.
Jeffrey Loria is notoriously short-tempered and petulant.
Ozzie Guillen is a loose cannon who says and does what he wants.
None of them are entirely wrong in their behaviors. Samson was well within his rights to tell Logan Morrison to calm down with his use of social media; Loria’s the owner of the team and the boss and if an employee steps out of line, he can fire said employee for whatever reason; Guillen’s “madness” is used as a prop.
There are going to be clashes and they’ll happen quickly, but if the Marlins give Guillen a 4-year contract, they’re not going to fire him no matter what happens.
Guillen and Hanley Ramirez:
I think back to the Bill Parcells-Keyshawn Johnson relationship when Parcells took over the Jets. It was repeatedly said that Parcells was going to light into Johnson for his selfishness and egomania; instead, Parcells took a gentle approach to Johnson and the two became off-field friends.
Guillen won’t tolerate Ramirez’s lackadaisical play and self-important “I’m the owner’s favorite; I’m the highest paid player on the team” nonsense, but if you’re expecting a dugout shouting match between the two, you can forget it. Guillen will be the big brother to Ramirez.
Whether that works is another matter.
Guillen and LoMo:
Guillen uses social media himself and is way more outrageous than Morrison. Morrison’s not outrageous at all—he’s simply out there all the time, saying stuff.
If Samson/Loria complain about LoMo’s tweeting, Guillen will wave it off.
Guillen and the fans:
The Marlins hired a big name manager in Jim Leyland in 1997 and few if any fans went to their games to watch him and only him. If there’s an increase in attendance, Guillen will be part of it in a larger framework with their decision to spend on name players and the new ballpark.
Guillen and the media:
The Florida media will pay attention to Guillen to get a story, but Florida’s media’s not as ravenous about baseball as they are in Chicago. They’ll use Guillen; he’ll use them; and everyone will be happy.
The team on the field:
Lost in all his intentional lunacy, it’s forgotten how fine a strategic manager Guillen is.
That said, the White Sox appeared to tune him out after awhile and the club underachieved for the last three seasons he was there.
The Marlins have a lot of talent but were oddly constructed with a terrible defense and feast-or-famine bats.
In the early stages of his tenure, he’ll get the most out of the Marlins’ talent.
White Sox GM Kenny Williams was well-equipped to deal with Guillen’s madness. Will Larry Beinfest and Michael Hill want to deal with the Ozzie Package?
They’re not going to have a choice. Because he’s the guy the owner wanted. And he got him.
From this day forward…for better or for worse….for richer (in Ozzie’s case)…or poorer (in the aggravation content of the front office)…’til controversy and an explosion do they part.