Wes Hofmann makes my favorite Guillen point yet

Great comic, A’s fanatic and friend of Sully Baseball Wes Hofmann commented on my Guillen postGood thing Cespedes signed with the A’s.”

I hadn’t thought of that.
Cuban defector and potential star slugger Yeonis Céspedes was expected to sign with the Marlins because it was so close to Cuba.

But as NBC Bay Area pointed out, one of the reasons he signed with the far away A’s was that it WASN’T close to Cuba.

Instead of making his big league debut a raft ride from Castro, he made it in TOKYO!

It would have been a move to capture the Cuban fans of Miami to sign Yeonis Céspedes.
Instead the Marlins are scrambling to win the fans back.

Either way, I like how you think, Wes.

Everyone… here’s his Twitter link. Go follow him.

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Some Ozzie Guillen thoughts

I need to address the Ozzie Guillen suspension and hopefully in 5 games this will be history.

 First of all, how did Fidel Castro even come up in an interview?

 “So Ozzie, what do you think of Stanton’s double tonight?” 
“It was good, but let’s talk about the Bay of Pigs!”

Secondly, I don’t want anyone saying this is a free speech issue.

He’s not in trouble with the government.
He’s not going to jail for expressing his point of view.
He expressed his and the people protesting and boycotting are expressing theirs.

This is an issue about paying customers.

There is a big population of Miami who escaped Castro, related to those who escaped Castro or know people who are trying to escape Castro.
And a lot of those people are baseball fans.
Baseball is kind of sort of big in Cuba and with Cubans.
And the Marlins want those people who escaped Castro or know people who are trying to escape Castro to buy tickets.

The Marlins just spent a lot of money and are having good PR for the new stadium and the last thing they want is a chunk of paying customers turning their back on the team.

The team has been there since 1993 and have won as many World Series titles as the Indians in their history, the Cubs, Phillies and Mets in theirs.

And yet the Marlins haven’t been embraced by South Floridians. Now the team has a new ballpark, a new identity and are even calling themselves “Miami” now.

And the Honeymoon which was supposed to last all year didn’t even make it to Tax Day!

Is the image of the team on the news their crazy new ballpark? Nope. It is people holding up signs and protesting.

A team that has struggled for revenue and trying to get the community to embrace them shouldn’t do things that cuts revenue and gets the community to shun them.

So a smart thing to do, especially this early in the season, is to take Guillen to the woodshed for PR purposes, win back those paying fans and the Marlins will be a winning streak away from this all being ancient history.

It’s not free speech nor politics.

It is PR and box office.

It’s capitalism… something VERY un Castro like.

Finally, Ozzie, here’s some interview tips from your pal Sully.

You are a live wire and we love that about you.

Rip on former players, Cub fans, etc. It’s great!

 But think twice before saying things like “You what I respect about Castro…” or “The deal with blacks is…” or “Here’s what’s good about 9/11…” or “Hitler was right when…” or “Women just shouldn’t…” etc.

Nobody is going to listen to anything after those words. And they aren’t going to expect a nuanced argument. Let’s face it. Subtlety isn’t the Ozzie Guillen style.

Expect to get some backlash.

And if that backlash affects your employer’s bottom line, you will get in trouble.

Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from responsibility.

Now sit out 5 games, say you are sorry and win some ballgames!

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Things that will be true if my Marlins pick is right

I picked the Miami Marlins to win the 2012 World Series.

That is horrible news for Miami fans because I haven’t picked a World Series winner correctly since 1999. (Like YOU picked the Cardinals last year!)

But if that does indeed turn out to be a correct pick, some eye popping statements would become true.

OZZIE GUILLEN WOULD BE PUTTING TOGETHER A COMPELLING HALL OF FAME ARGUMENT

If the 2012 Marlins win the World Series, assuming that Ozzie Guillen doesn’t get fired in mid season, he would join Tony LaRussa and Sparky Anderson as the only managers to win the World Series in both the National League and the American League. Not bad company.

He would be only the 16th manager over all to take two different teams to the World Series, with such Hall of Famers as Joe McCarthy, Billy Southworth, Dick Williams and Leo Durocher.

Among current managers, he would be alongside Jim Leyland and Bruce Bochy as multi team pennant winners.

Now I don’t think he’s quite at Cooperstown level yet. But all he would need to do is pad his resume with a few more Division titles. As he stands now, he already has as many World Series titles as Durocher, Earl Weaver and Bobby Cox.

If Ozzie gets to Cooperstown, be prepared to have the seven second delay on his acceptance speech.

 THE MARLINS WOULD ENTER SOME SELECT COMPANY OF WORLD CHAMPIONS

How many franchises have won World Series in three consecutive decades?

The Yankees logged in six straight decades (20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s). If they win one this decade, that will be another three in a row.

The Philadelphia A’s won in the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s.

The St. Louis Cardinals won in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

The Orioles won in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

And cousin, that is it. If the Marlins win this year, put their name on the Cadillac board.

THE MARLINS WOULD HAVE MORE TITLES THAN MORE FRANCHISES THAN ANY TRADITIONAL FRANCHISES

The Marlins not only broke the hearts of Indians fans in 1997 and Cubs fans in 2003, but as of this writing, they have matched those old franchises in titles. (The Cubs won in 1907 and 1908. The Indians in 1920 and 1948.)

The big market Mets? They only have two. The mighty Phillies? They just have two as well.

A third World Series title would match the total of the Senators/Twins franchise, the Orioles and the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves.

Miami fans better realize how good they have it.

MIAMI COULD BE THE GLAMOR SPORTS SPOT

If the Marlins win… and eventually the Heat win… and the players see how hot they can get in Miami, then this could be the greatest era in South Florida sports.

Of course they would really love to see Dolphins win, but hey! If three franchises could win it all this decade, it would be quite an era!

And of course a Marlins World Series title could take a little pressure off the Heat and their promised 7 titles!

MERCHANDISE WILL BE SOLD!

The F hat and the teal never seemed to fly off the shelves.

So now there is orange, blue, black, white… all sorts of choices.

And that M which is at least one Font Size too big. But if they win it all, that crazy colorful look would be cool.

(Take note Astros and every team that goes for a boring traditional look!)

THESE MAY NOT BE ONE YEAR WONDERS

One reason why the Marlins haven’t been able to build a passionate following despite two titles has been the fact that the teams were dismantled so quickly.

That and the fact that they played in a football stadium.

Well the stadium issue has been solved and the stability of the players could be too.

Guess what Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Gabby Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison, Emilio Bonafacio and Josh Johnson all have in common?

They will all be under 30 NEXT year.

Jose Ceda and Christian Yelich aren’t far behind. With the Phillies showing their age and the Nationals and Braves still developing, the Marlins could make a few October trips and have the fans actually remember their names.

THIS COULD BE THE BEGINNING OF A NEW BIG MARKET FRANCHISE

It wasn’t that long ago that the Marlins were the poster child of small market teams that can’t compete.

Now with a new stadium, new stars and a city ready to embrace baseball that stars would want to move to, they could be one of the big market franchises that makes baseball so unfair. (Would that make Jeffrey Loria a great owner or a crook, pocketing that revenue sharing dough?)

With the Mets rudderless, the Cubs many years away and uncertainty (if new optimism) Los Angeles and age creeping up on Philadelphia and a small window open for San Francisco, Miami could become THE big franchise in the National League.

Of course I am getting ahead of myself.
They actually have to WIN the World Series and my prediction will have to come true.
So let’s start this season! First pitch in Miami is in a few hours (appropriately enough against the reigning World Champion Cardinals.)

Miami fans. Hope that I am right.

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