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SBD/September 30, 2013/Franchises
Marlins Promote Hill, Jennings After Firing Beinfest; Samson Set To Keep His Job
Published September 30, 2013
THIS HAS BEEN COMING: The HERALD's Spencer noted Beinfest's removal "followed more than a year of speculation" that such a move might happen. Though Beinfest "had two years remaining on his contract, the move was not unexpected." Loria "contemplated firing Beinfest a year ago, and Friday’s announcement came amid widespread reports that Loria had seized control of nearly all baseball decisions." Sources have said Loria's moves were "marginalizing" the front office in the process. Loria on Friday also "dismissed Jim Fleming, who was Beinfest’s special assistant and also had two years remaining on his contract." Beinfest had worked under Loria since '01 when both were with the Expos. Beinfest has a "strong reputation throughout the industry and will likely be considered" for any GM openings that occur (MIAMI HERALD, 9/28). In Ft. Lauderdale, Dave Hyde wrote Friday's firings were the latest "in a long line of dumb Marlins chapters." Beinfest was "fired mainly because of his deteriorated relationship with Loria." Hyde: "That's the sum of it. This had been building for a while. ... It's not the meddling. It's the mismanagement. Payrolls double one year, then go back two-thirds the next. Four managers in three years. The only constants on the baseball side are Loria and losing" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 9/28). The L.A. Times' Bill Shaikin wrote, "Beinfest is renowned for acquiring and developing pitching on a budget, just what #Angels need. He's an LA guy. [Angels GM Jerry] Dipoto in [Angels Owner Arte Moreno] limbo" (TWITTER.com, 9/27).
ATTENDANCE EVALUATION: In Miami, Douglas Hanks notes Marlins Park is ending '13 "with an average attendance of 19,584 spectators per game," compared to "an average of 27,500 for its debut season last year and 18,500 during the team’s final three years at Sun Life." Marlins Park with its 28.5% drop from '12 will "finish the year with one of the worst declines in attendance for a new stadium" since at least the '80s (MIAMI HERALD, 9/30).