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Five Cubans Ozzie Guillen Should Praise at His Press Conference Today

Poor Ozzie Guillen. Baseball season just got started and already the Miami Marlins skipper has inserted his foot in his mouth.

The controversial Venezuelan born manager had the audacity to praise Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in an upcoming issue of Time magazine and all hell has broken loose in Miami's hardline exile community. Joe Martinez, the Miami-Dade County Commission chairman running for mayor, engaged in not-so-subtle demagoguery by demanding Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria fire Guillen. That prompted his opponent and sitting mayor, Carlos Gimenez, to call on Loria "to take decisive steps" to "bring the community together," forgetting that's his job. And Vigila Mambisa, the thuggish Cuban exile activist group from the Paleozoic era is going to protest Guillen at Marlins Park today.

So we wanted to help Ozzie get back in the good graces of El Exilio when he takes the podium later this afternoon. Here are five Cubans Guillen should praise when he apologizes for saying he loves and respects El Barbudo:

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.