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Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria fires longtime GM/president Larry Beinfest

Sep 27, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has fired former general manager and current president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, who’d been with the team since 2002.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported last week that Loria had essentially pushed Beinfest aside in order to make most of the baseball decisions himself, quoting a source who said “he has marginalized the front office.” And then Beinfest went on the local radio and uncharacteristically revealed details about his less than ideal working conditions.

Beinfest is generally well-respected throughout baseball and so getting out from under a meddling owner with a slashed payroll and talent-starved roster may actually come as a relief. He was nearly fired last year, but kept the job, hired Mike Redmond as manager, and saw the Marlins go 59-100.

He’ll no doubt get another high-ranking front office job for next season and will also get to spend his free time feeling sorry for the poor schlub who replaces him in Miami. It sounds like it’ll be longtime assistant general manager Dan Jennings, which keeps Loria from having to convince decent outside candidates to apply for a job working for him.

  1. Jeremy T - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    This is going to be even uglier than the Orioles a few years ago when everybody was turning down their GM position. Granted, Duquette has done a good job and Baltimore has been a nice surprise since then, so it’s not necessarily doom for the franchise to not be an attractive job, but it can’t be a good thing, either…

  2. Reflex - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Come to Seattle! He’s a talented GM, working with Jack would be a good thing for them both.

    • brentsalish - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Larry started out in the M’s front office back in the mid to late 90s. Be interesting to have him back here, but I suspect there will be other clubs looking for a GM who like his track record helping build some good teams (and a few not-very-good ones) on limited budget.

      • Reflex - Sep 27, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        You are probably correct, but the M’s have been willing to spend when they have a decent core, so I’d love to see what someone like him could do. I think Jack has done an excellent job at building a great farm system, but I’m not as convinced about his ability to manage the major league club, especially given his adherence to hiring guys like Wedge.

  3. happytwinsfan - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    replace him by re uniting redmond with ron gardenhire ??

    • zzalapski - Sep 27, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      Twins fans should be so lucky.

  4. chip56 - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Wouldn’t mind having him replace Cashman.

    • Jeremy T - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      Girardi has worked out pretty well coming over from the Marlins, so sure, why not go back to that well again. I don’t hate Cashman, though. Maybe promote Cashman a la Theo Epstein, and hire Beinfest as the new GM? Beinfest himself may not take the offer, since there will probably be other teams that won’t need him to go back to being a GM, but I wouldn’t mind it from the Yankees perspective.

      • chip56 - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        I don’t blame Cashman for anything other than the inability to put together a solid front office. His player development people are awful as are his international scouts (at least based on results). If the Yankees are serious about their new fiscal plan then they need someone in place who knows how to operate on a budget and can put the people in place who can help the team identify and develop young talent.

      • rbj1 - Sep 27, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        Or have Beinfest replace Randy Levine. Could we do a trade & send Randy to Miami?

  5. klownboy - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    I guess the GM didn’t buy Loria’s bullcrap either…

  6. Cris E - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    It’s easy to say no one will work for such a bad owner, but the chance to get into an MLB front office job is an amazing attraction. There will be plenty of people willing to take that job. Remember how no one would ever work for Loria’s lame-duck Expos? If you get in, take the beating for a couple years and act like a pro you can have the excuse of Loria and payroll if you don’t win.

    • sarcasticks - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      It’s not that “no one” will work for Loria, it’s just that he will have difficulty attracting top talent. There are plenty of people out there who will simply take the money and bring an extra large tub of Vaseline with them to work. But the best executives in baseball largely prefer a lubrication free work place.

  7. jcmeyer10 - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    He also asked for the jersey he received at his signing back.

  8. historiophiliac - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Wow, what a Loria move.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Perhaps, we could get “Loria” into the dictionary? A “Loria” is defined as “an act of surpassing incompetence.”

      • Anoesis - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        Loria- (lore-ee-uh) n., to have an over-inflated sense of self and/or abilities not based on fact; used to describe someone who seems clueless, yet still benefits positively: “That noob’s a real Loria.” v., used to describe a foolish or idiotic action: “Jeez, he really pulled a Loria there.” Akin to the saying “He screwed the pooch.” A person who constantly steps in shit, yet defies logic by still smelling like a rose. Can also be used when referring to those who use the terms YOLO and SWAG.

        I’d have to amend your entry to read “an act of unsurpassed incompetence.”

  9. janessa31888 - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Jeff Loria reminds me of Charles Augustus Milverton, a villiain in a Sherlock Holmes story who thrived on swindling and blackmailing people.
    Hopefully Beinfest can find a job in a better situation.

    • nbjays - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      I don’t think there’s anywhere to go but up.

      • Old Gator - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:41 PM

        Don’t be ridiculous. They could lose a hundred and ten games next season.

  10. granted42 - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    There could be a GM opening with the Angels pretty soon.

  11. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Congratulations Mr. Beinfest! This sounds like a day for you to celebrate finally getting out from under that terrible ownership! You will find new employment next year and will finally get treated with respect and decency!

    • forsch31 - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Probably one of those instances where the boilerplate firing language of “we wish him good luck in his future endeavors” is replied by a rousing, “God, I hope so!”

  12. crnvic847 - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    I’m surprised Gator hasn’t chimed in yet.

    • nbjays - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      He’s composing a masterpiece of eloquence and bafflegab. That’s not easy to do.

      • Old Gator - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        !kltpzyxM

        – Larry Beinfest

  13. nbjays - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    My daughter has been watching the Harry Potter series recently (for the 5th time), so all I could think of when I read this headline was:

    “DOBBY IS FREEEEEEEEE!!!!!”

  14. Old Gator - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Gah. Just woke up from my little afternoon siesta. Well, we knew this was coming. I wondered this morning if throwing Scrooge McLoria’s money around in the ridiculous Dobbs signing might not have been Beinfest’s way of pushing the last button to put an end to his misery – though it might just as well be that our GM was fired first and then Scrooge approved that idiotic deal. In the words of eminent musicologist Fats Waller, one never knows, do one?

    Incidentally, Scrooge canned Beinfest’s assistant Jim Fleming too. But we still don’t know what Scrooge has done with the Chihuahua. Maybe we need to check that lake in Oklahoma for another submerged car.

    I want to listen around to our local spawrts torque raydeeo shows (which demonstrates my dedication to this blog – I may be many things but masochist is not one of them) on my way up to the Luna Star Cafe for Artsy Walk and get a feel for what former Feesh fans are theenking tonight.

    Then I’ll come back and comment. Of course, what this means is that Scrooge figures he can run a last place team by hisself. Of course, he’s right about that.

  15. bravojawja - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Mazel tov, Larry!

  16. futilephish - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Loria is a jackass
    Just came back from the game tonight, top two levels empty and against Detroit .
    Sampson will be next, thank The Lord!

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