Feb 12, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest (center) is seen in a golf cart during spring training at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
At a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria announced the new structure for Miami Marlins moving forward. This past week has seen the dismissal of president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest and his special assistant Jim Fleming.
Many felt that general manager Mike Hill would be fired as well since he seemed to be siding with Beinfest rather than Loria. That was not the case as Loria met with Hill and has now been promoted to president of baseball operations.
Dan Jennings has been promoted from assistant general manager to general manager.
Loria also explained why he left Beinfest as a dead man walking for so long.
"“It has always been our policy not to communicate publicly about people’s careers until final decisions have been reached,” Loria said. “For that reason, I wanted to wait until the end of the season to make these announcements. I hope this statement clarifies the situation and allows us to get back to the important work of improving our team for the 2014 season.”"
It is pretty spectacular that Loria can be this clueless on matters like this. I wonder if he realizes how many games are actually played in a season since he dismissed Beinfest with a series still to be played. He claims to wait to the end of the season to dismiss someone, and then thinks that we won’t realize it when he fires that person before the end of the season.
Nevertheless it appears that Loria now has the people in place that he has wanted for some time. It looks like this group will allow him to make
decisions that he wants to make without pushing back. At this point it feels like he is Jerry Jones without the will to win or interest in spending money. What do you think about the shakeup? Do you think this was the right move? Let us know in the comments below.