It is the news that everyone knew was going to happen and now all signs are pointing to that the Miami Marlins are planning on firing the team’s president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest. Beinfest is the one responsible for all the major moves that the team made prior to the 2012 season and he also partly responsible for the failure that has been put on the field night after night.
Owner Jeffrey Loria hired Beinfest as the general manager for the organization in 2002. The Marlins won the World Series in 2003 and he was promoted to president of baseball operations. Beinfest was the one who traded for 2003 NL Rookie of the Year Dontrelle Willis and brought in talent like Juan Pierre and Ivan Rodriguez to help get the team to the top of the ladder.
Later in his tenure, Beinfest survived on his keen eye in the Rule 5 Draft. He acquired players like Dan Uggla, one of the best gems ever picked up in the draft. Uggla was later traded to the Atlanta Braves over a contract dispute. Chris Coghlan was also drafted out of the Rule 5 Draft and won the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year but Coghlan has had injury troubles in recent years and has barely played with the club.
Things had the potential of looking up but with the lack of devotion to the Marlins farm system, the franchise lacks talent deep down. Although Beinfest is regarded as one of baseball’s top executives, the Marlins have not put a winning product on the field since its second World Series title.
The team is also putting on one of the worst seasons the team has seen since 1999. Loria knows that a change has to come and it will be Beinfest as possibly soon as next week. Assistant GM Dan Jennings is expected to replace him.
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