MIAMI – Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for five games because of his comments about Fidel Castro.
The suspension by the team takes effect immediately. It was announced Tuesday shortly before Guillen was to hold a news conference to explain his remarks, which caused a public backlash.
Guillen told Time magazine he loves Castro and respects the retired Cuban leader for staying in power so long. At least two local officials said Guillen should lose his job.
Guillen left his team in Philadelphia and flew to Miami to apologize Tuesday at the Marlins’ new ballpark. The Marlins and Phillies had the day off and resume their series in Philadelphia on Wednesday.