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"If the Miami Marlins are to be respected in this community, your organization must stand with the Cuban-American exiled community and execute expedient punitive measures against Mr. Guillen which will rectify the situation," Garcia wrote.
Samson and the Marlins organization had no comment Monday. The team released a statement last weekend saying there was nothing to respect about Castro, but Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the statement didn't go far enough.
"For too long, the Marlins organization has been the source of controversies in our community," Gimenez said, "and I now challenge them to take decisive steps to bring this community back together."
Guillen said his news conference would be open to "anybody that wants to be there."
"I know I hurt a lot of people," Guillen said. "I want to get the thing over with."
It's not the first time Guillen has stirred a political tempest. He twice appeared on a radio show hosted by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in October 2005, when Guillen led the Chicago White Sox to the World Series title. At the time, Guillen said: "Not too many people like the president. I do."
Chavez is unpopular with many Venezuelans, especially those living in the United States. Guillen became a U.S. citizen in 2006 and has been more critical of Chavez in recent years.
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