Dealing with young players a balancing act for Ozzie

Dealing with young players a balancing act for Ozzie

Dealing with young players a balancing act for Ozzie
MIAMI -- All the losing is trying Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen's patience.

Because Miami has a number of young players, the fiery Guillen has been careful not to lash out at his team. Instead, he's been uplifting and encouraging.

"I have to be careful how I treat these kids here," the manager said. "I don't have a veteran team. I don't know how they're going to handle it. I'm not going to put more pressure on them. I don't need to say something they know. How you're going to say it, how they're going to digest it, how they're going to take it."

While he's bitten his tongue, the manager cautioned he could be close to once again making headlines because of his emotions.

"I will, pretty soon," Guillen said. "I want to be on ESPN. I want to be all over the news. I haven't been there for a long time.

"I should. I make a lot of money when I'm doing that. Pretty soon I'm ready to erupt. But right now ... I'm just trying to be positive the most that I can, because we need that."

Bottom line is production. The Marlins have been baffling, because they won 21 games in May, but have just five wins in June entering Tuesday.

"I believe we have a good ballclub," Guillen said. "I believe we do. Why? Because we've played good before. I know we're going to play good again. The only thing I want is more consistency. I want the players to feel that way, how good they are.

"We went from the best team in baseball to the worst team in baseball. You can't be that drastic. That's why I'm confused. I think we have the talent."

Guillen on Tuesday sported a cleaner look, shaving off his goatee.

"I shaved it because I had more white hair than when I got here," he joked. "Thank you to the Marlins. I look older."