Ozzie Guillen in as Marlins Skipper: Report

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By David Hill
|  Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011  |  Updated 6:30 AM EDT
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Ozzie Guillen acknowledges the crowd following his final game as White Sox manager.

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The Florida Marlins did not wait long to replace the soon-to-be retired Jack McKeon.

Ozzie Guillen is expected to be the Florida Marlins next manager, having been granted his release by the Chicago White Sox.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday night the White Sox released Guillen Monday afternoon after he met with team owner Jerry Reinsdorf for an emotional goodbye.

Guillen told his players that Monday night's White Sox game against Toronto would be his last, and he is expected to fly to Miami Tuesday morning.

In return for declining a team option on Guillen for 2012, the White Sox retained the right to compensation, which the Marlins will send in the form of two minor leaguers.

Guillen spent the past 8 seasons with the White Sox, guiding them to a World Series title in 2005. It was Chicago's first title since 1917. Prior to managing the White Sox, Guillen had been the Florida Marlins' third base coach in 2003.

He replaces his last boss, McKeon, having left the team after the two won the 2003 World Series with the Marlins.

Jack McKeon told the Palm Beach Post he did not hear about Guillen being released or joining the Marlins until tonight, but he offered some praise for him after Monday night's loss to the Washington Nationals.

"I like Ozzie. I think he’s a very very intelligent manager," McKeon said. “He was a smart player. I think he will do well."

McKeon was also told the Post he liked Ozzie's approach to leading players. "He wasn’t worried about being their friend," McKeon said of Guillen's time with the Marlins. "He was going to tell it like it is. And that’s Ozzie – he tells it like it is."

Guillen's telling it like it is extends beyond the clubhouse, to his sometimes epic Twitter rants.

Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison may now have a kindred spirit in the clubhouse, tweeting after news of Guillen's hiring spread, "They may actually name the new stadium the TwitterDome after all..."

Guillen as Marlins manager would provide plenty of opportunity for some great Twitter fights in 2012. Between he and Morrison, the Marlins would have two of the most prolific tweet-artists in MLB, neither of whom have ever been accused for being too tactful and too thoughtful.

Guillen may not make the Marlins a better baseball team, but he makes them a hugely more interesting team. The Marlins will not want for notoriety when they open their new stadium next spring.

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