Marlins Manager Says He Respects Fidel Castro: Report

Guillen is a Venezuelan native.

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    MIAMI, FL - MARCH 06: Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen looks on during a game against the University of Miami Hurricanes at Marlins Park on March 6, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

    Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has made the news again.

    In an online Time Magazine article, Guillen, a native of Venezuela, said that he loved Fidel Castro.

    "I respect Fidel Castro," Guillen was quoted as saying. " You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that mother****** is still here."

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    The Miami Marlins released a statement Friday in response to the article.

    "We are aware of the article," said a spokeswoman for the baseball team."There is nothing to respect about Fidel Casto. He is a brutal dictator who has caused unthinkable pain for more than 50 years. We live in a community filled with victims of this dictatorship and the people in Cuba continue to suffer today."

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    Guillen, who was called "the most unfiltered figure in baseball" in the article, joined the Marlins in September after former manager Jack McKeon retired.

    The team recently underwent a makeover, which included new players, new uniforms and a new stadium in the heart of a large Cuban community.

    Guillen recently got attention when he said that he gets drunk after every away game, win or lose.

    "I get drunk because I'm happy we win or I get drunk because I'm very sad and disturbed because we lose," Guillen was quoted as saying by CBS Sports.