Guillen Prepares for First Season in Miami

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0  Updated at 3:07 am, February 23rd, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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BananaStock/Thinkstock(JUPITER, Fla.) — The Miami Marlins come into the 2012 baseball season as one of the most interesting teams to watch.

Ozzie Guillen is entering his first season as manager after spending the past seven seasons with the White Sox, and the Marlins have a reloaded roster which includes all-star shortstop Jose Reyes and all-star reliever Heath Bell.

To go along with those new additions, Guillen will have his former player Mark Buehrle and former cross-town rival pitcher Carlos Zambrano in the pitching rotation.  With all the expectations and playing in a competitive NL East, Guillen told ESPN that he is still going to be himself despite the change of scenery.

“I have to be myself, the reason they brought me here is because who I am and what I can do,” said Guillen. “I think most of the players know me right now but I’m not going to change.  I’m 48 years old, why do I have to change?”

With the addition of Reyes, Hanley Ramirez will be making the move to third base but Guillen believes that it will be a smooth transition.

“They (Reyes and Ramirez) get along very well, I think that helps a lot,” said Guillen who won a World Series in 2005 with the White Sox and was a part of the 2003 Florida Marlins staff who also won a World Series. “We have one of the best shortstops in the game playing for us.  I think Hanley is going to have a career year.”

Guillen also added that he isn’t concerned with the rest of the teams in the NL East and said to be the best you, “have to beat the best.”

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