Reyes says Ozzie has his players’ backs

JUPITER, Fla. — Ozzie Guillen’s ejection on Monday garnered plenty of attention, especially since it was televised on ESPN. It also has the Marlins players taking notice.

“He just wants to protect his players,” four-time All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes said. “That’s good to see, when you see your manager fights for your team. That motivates us as players.”

Guillen was tossed on Monday against the Red Sox in Fort Myers after he forcefully argued a foul-ball ruling down the first base line.

On Tuesday against the Braves at Roger Dean Stadium, the high-energy Miami manager again found himself in a dispute with umpires over a similar foul ball ruling along the first base line. This time, Guillen better contained his emotions, and he avoided being ejected.

“When you have a manager who has your back, and he’s going to fight for you, that’s something you appreciate,” Reyes said. “You want to play even harder for that guy. That was cool what he did yesterday. That says a lot about Ozzie.”

Joe Frisaro


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