Beinfest Expects To Have Job With Marlins Next Season Despite Team's Ongoing Turmoil
Marlins President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest yesterday said he expects "to have a job" with the team next season and added there is a "bright future here, and I'm going to be a part of it." Beinfest, appearing on Miami-based WAXY-FM's "Hochman & Zaslow" show, said, "If that’s not the case, then that’s out of my hands.” His future with the club recently has been in doubt, and he said, "If I read the papers and listen to everybody it sounds like I’m a goner, but that’s what it sounded like a year ago." Beinfest said of whether Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria's involvement in day-to-day operations of the team has increased over the years, "I don’t know that that’s necessarily the case. I’ll just say that Jeffrey has always been involved. He made that very clear when he hired me 14 years ago when I was the assistant GM in Montreal, that he wanted to know what was going on and that he was going to be involved in the baseball operation. He has the keys to the car and if he wants to help drive it, then that’s the way it goes. For me, he’s always been involved." He said of the negative press directed toward the team, "A lot of things are out there. ... Let’s face it: This hasn’t been pleasant, I don’t think, for Jeffrey or for the organization the last couple weeks, reading all these things. We have an attendance challenge building and a one-hundred-loss team, and there are a lot of things to worry about here and I’m not sure that I’m necessarily at the top of the list." Beinfest added of the Marlins having one of MLB's worst records, "In a perfect world, would I have wanted this to happen two years in a row? Absolutely not. Has it been fun for me? Nope, but you just deal with it" ("Hochman & Zaslow," WAXY-FM, 9/24).