It’s too bad the fans can’t fire the owners of a MLB franchise if they’re convinced he’s not doing his best to produce a winning ball team. Instead, Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has decided to fire Larry Beinfest as his president of baseball operations and replaced him with Dan Jennings, according to a USA Today story.
With a team that has lost 100 games, someone in the front office had to go, and Beinfest was the likely choice. He was the GM in 2003 when the team won a World Series, but what was done 10 years ago has long been forgotten.
It’s no secret Loria and Beinfest didn’t get along, but unless the Marlins owner is committed to having a stronger minor league system and dives into the free agent market to fill some holes, a new GM isn’t likely to make much of a difference. Loria is going to get out of a team whatever he puts into it, which isn’t much right now.
The Marlins have won two World Series in their history despite having low payrolls at the time. Until the franchise strengthens financially, the new GM needs to bring in young talent, which has been the key for success to franchises like the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays. Those two franchises have made the right decisions on draft day and have built success with solid farm systems.
The Marlins have held their own in various seasons, but Loria obviously got tired of his team’s recent failures. Loria needs more than just a new president of baseball operations. He’s needs to commit himself and his resources to making the Marlins consistent winners.