MIAMI — The Miami Marlins fired president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest on Friday, two days before the end of a 100-loss season.
Assistant general manager Dan Jennings reportedly will assume Beinfest’s duties. Beinfest special assistant Jim Fleming also was fired.
“The Marlins organization has decided to make some changes at the helm of our baseball operations. Effective immediately, I have relieved Larry Beinfest of his duties so that he may pursue other opportunities,” owner Jeffrey Loria said in a statement.
“Larry has worked with me for 13 years, making huge contributions to our efforts and serving as a partner to me in the process. I wish him nothing but the best and know he will make a great addition wherever he lands.”
Loria added he soon would have further announcements regarding the team’s baseball-operations management structure.
“I was just fired by Jeffrey Loria,” Beinfest
wrote in a text message to the Associated Press and other media outlets Friday afternoon. “I want to thank the Marlins for the opportunity. I look back
positively at tackling numerous challenges, opening a new ballpark and enjoying
a World Series championship. I worked with some tremendous players and staff in
Miami and appreciate their friendship and professional respect.
“I look forward to continuing my 24-year MLB career
in the near future.”
Beinfest, 49, was Montreal Expos interim general manager under Loria, and joined the owner upon taking control of the Florida Marlins in February 2002.
Beinfest was general manager when the Marlins won the 2003 World Series by shocking the New York Yankees in six games. He was promoted to president/baseball operations on Sept. 29, 2007, when Mike Hill became general manager.
Miami posted five winning seasons in Beinfest’s 12 years with the team. The Marlins were 59-100 — a fourth-straight losing season — heading into the season’s final series this weekend against the Detroit Tigers.
Despite the lack of winning seasons under Beinfest, the Marlins usually have fielded competitive teams despite regularly owning one of the league’s lowest payrolls.