Is Ozzie Guillen good for baseball? I guess this depends upon your perspective and what you, as a fan, believe athletes and coaches should and shouldn’t do. Let’s set aside his actual comments and the deep emotions his words evoke. Ozzie Guillen has been, and most likely will continue to be vocal and opinionated. He is controversial, and that is part of who he is. As for baseball, the game as a profession that is, I don’t believe Guillen fits the mold.
What do I mean by mold? I mean the image Major League Baseball wants to create for itself. Just as the NFL created an image that transcends almost all ethnicities and social groups, baseball strives to do the same. After all, this is America’s pastime. What’s more, baseball is a truly global sport. Simply look at the numbers of players from Latin America, Japan, and others countries.
Guillen’s suspension is dollars and cents. How will his presence on the Marlins bench impact the business model? That remains to be seen. What may get lost in this is baseball’s image. This isn’t the first controversy committed by Ozzie. Some may question why does the sport keep him around? One answer to that question is his ability to attract publicity. Except is this the type of publicity Major League Baseball wants?
Whether or not the Marlins should fire Guillen is a decision only they can make, with some guidance from the Office of the Commissioner I’m sure. Whether or not fans will stray from the Marlins or the game itself, is a choice only we as individuals can make.