Showtime is starting to promote its baseball reality series, "The Franchise: A Season with the Miami Marlins," with a preview this weekend that will air just a few days after the return of the team's manager, Ozzie Guillen, who was suspended for five games because of his comments praising Fidel Castro.
The 30-minute preview will air Saturday and include the events surrounding Guillen's suspension.
The controversial manager returned to the team Tuesday after being suspended for telling Time magazine he loves Castro and respects the retired Cuban dictator for staying in power so long.
At a news conference, Guillen maintained that his statement was misinterpreted by the reporter, and that he doesn't admire or love Castro. Still, he apologized and said he'll do what he can to repair relations with Cuban Americans furious with his comments.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig called Guillen's statements to the magazine "offensive to an important part of the Cuban community and others throughout the world" and said they "have no place in our game."
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Photo: Miami Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen during a news conference in which he apologized for remarks praising Fidel Castro. Credit: Lynne Sladky / Associated Press