Marlins' Guillen in support of Clemens' acquittal

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Marlins' Guillen in support of Clemens' acquittal

BOSTON For Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, the case is closed.

He's not guilty, he's not guilty. That's the bottom line, Guillen said.How you can prove people wrong about it?

Guillen was talking about Roger Clemens, who was acquitted Monday of lying to Congress about steroid use.

Guillen had 63 plate appearances against Clemens. He had more at-bats against just four other pitchers Dave Stewart, Mike Moore, Jack Morris, and Bobby Witt. Guillen went 15-for-62 (.242) with just one extra-base hit, a double, one RBI, and seven strikeouts against Clemens.

A lot of people want to think whatever they want to think but the reality is he's not guilty, Guillen said. Those people who think that way, they're wasting their time.

Now, it will be up to the voters to decide if Clemens is a Hall of Famer.

He's got my vote - except for I don't vote - because that guy pitched well enough to do that, Guillen said. I respect people both ways. I think he should be in.

I respect everybody's opinion. I respect everybody's thought. I think it was good for baseball to see good news coming out of that problem.

Everything we hear in business is bad news. We don't need that. That's great. Now it's time to move on and see what happens.

Will the cloud of suspicion ever leave Clemens?

You can be a suspect all your life, Guillen said.

Rosenthal: 'Some' Sox players question Farrell's leadership, game management

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Rosenthal: 'Some' Sox players question Farrell's leadership, game management

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal ignited a local firestorm when he made a seemingly off-hand comment a few days ago that he "wouldn't be surprised" if the Red Sox fired John Farrell this year. (He quickly added he also "wouldn't be surprised" if Farrell stayed on and led the team to the A.L. East title this year, but that got scant mention.)

Today, however, Rosenthal expounded on Farrell and the Sox in a lengthy column on foxsports.com. While acknowledging the team's injuries and beyond-the-manager's-control inconsistencies (in the starting rotation and with the offense), he also ominously added, "The excuses for the Sox, though, go only so far — all teams deal with injuries, and not all of them boast $200 million payrolls. Other issues also have emerged under Farrell . . . "

Farrell, even when he won the 2013 World Series as a rookie manager, was not popular in all corners of the clubhouse. Some players, but not all, believe that he does not stand up for them strongly enough to the media when the team is struggling, sources say. Some also question Farrell’s game management, talk that exists in virtually every clubhouse, some more than others.

And then he mentioned two leadership problems:

The first occurred during the Red Sox’s prolonged dispute with the Orioles’ Manny Machado. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, after Matt Barnes threw at Machado’s head, shouted across the field to Machado, 'it wasn’t me,' then told reporters that it was 'definitely a mishandled situation,' without mentioning Barnes or Farrell by name . . . 

The second incident occurred last Saturday, when Farrell engaged in a heated exchange with left-hander Drew Pomeranz in the dugout . . . [Pomeranz's] willingness to publicly challenge Farrell, in an exchange captured by television cameras, offered another indication that the manager and some of his players are not always on the same page.

Hmm.

Rosenthal's piece comes at a time when some of Farrell's harshest local critics are more or less giving him a pass, instead blaming Dave Dombrowski's flawed roster construction for the Sox' early season struggles , , , 

But there has been speculation hereabouts on whether or not Farrell has control of the clubhouse . . . 

Now that Rosenthal has weighed in, that sort of talk should increase.

In the end, Rosenthal makes no prediction on Farrell's future other than to conclude "If Dombrowski senses a change is necessary, he’ll make a change." 

But one prediction that can be made: The should-Farrell-be-fired? debate, which raged at unrealistic levels last year when the Red Sox won the division, isn't going to end anytime soon.