Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - The Florida Marlins have promoted Larry
Beinfest to president of baseball operations and named Michael Hill as the
team's new general manager.
Beinfest was in his sixth season as Marlins GM. He began his tenure before the
2002 season and built the club that captured the franchise's second World
Series title a year later.
"This promotion for Larry represents the recognition he typically prefers to
deflect to the organization," said Marlins owner and CEO Jeffrey Loria. "He
has helped build one World Series winner and his leadership has us on track to
succeed again despite the several challenges we face."
The Marlins haven't reached the postseason since their World Series triumph
four years ago and will finish with a losing record for the second straight
Hill becomes the third general manager in club history, He joined the club as
an assistant GM in 2002 under Beinfest after working in the front offices of
Colorado Rockies and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
The Marlins also promoted Dan Jennings to assistant general manager. Jennings,
Beinfest, Hill and assistant GM Jim Fleming all received contract extensions
through at least the 2015 season.
"Michael, Jim and Dan are each certainly capable and qualified to head a
baseball operations department, and there has been considerable interest by
other organizations to interview them at different times," Loria added.
"However, as part of this extension, they have all committed to remain with
the Marlins through at least 2015 and for that I am both fortunate and
genuinely excited for the future of our organization."
With a record of 59-100, the Marlins are guaranteed to finish with their worst
mark since losing a franchise-record 108 games in 1998.
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