Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Miami Marlins have relieved president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest after suffering four straight losing seasons.
Beinfest, who has headed the personnel department since 2002, was at the helm when the Marlins won the 2003 World Series. The club had winning seasons from 2003-05, as well as in 2008-09.
“Effective immediately, I have relieved Larry Beinfest of his duties so that he may pursue other opportunities,” said team owner Jeffrey Loria. “Larry has worked with me for 13 years, making huge contributions to our efforts and serving as a partner to me in the process.
Beinfest sent a text message in response to the firing.
“I was just fired by Jeffrey Loria,” he said. ” 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.
He added that he intends to continue his 24-year MLB career .
It was also announced that Jim Fleming was relieved as special assistant to the president of baseball operations.
For more than a week, there has been speculation that Beinfest’s position was in jeopardy.
The Marlins haven’t announced a replacement but Dan Jennigs appear to be the frontrunner.