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Beinfest says he's fair game for job speculation

  In a radio interview this morning on 790-The Ticket, Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest sounded very much like someone who wouldn't be surprised if he lost his job in the aftermath of what's been a colossal bust of a season.

  "When you sign up for this job and you don't win, you know you can be in the crosshairs and you can lose your job. That's just the way it is," Beinfest told 790 hosts Marc Hochman and Jonathan Zaslow. "The blame and disappointment and all those things fall squarely on my shoulders, and I fully understand that."

   Speculation is growing that Beinfest, who is under contract through 2015, could either lose his job or be reassigned to a new position by Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. While it's been suggested that a possible replacement for Beinfest could be Dan Jennings, the team's vice president of player personnel, another possiblity is general manager Michael Hill. Like Beinfest, Jennings and Hill are under contact through '15.

    "When you don't win, you're open to scrutiny, both publicly and internally, and that's exactly what's going on, and it's not unexpected," Beinfest said.

    When Loria was asked about Beinfest's job security earlier in the week, he said the question was "unfair" and did not elaborate further.

    Beinfest said during Wednesday's radio show that the only thing he can worry about is the team's performance.

     You can "worry about things you can control, and obviously the control part of this for me would be to win more games and to do a better job and putting the organization in a position to win and, hopefully, play in October," Beinfest said. "And that didn't happen.

      "I don't think it's really productive to sit and speculate," he said. "There's all kinds of speculation about managers and GM's. That's just the way it is this time of year if your team's not doing well, and we're in that category."

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Beinfart

How much is Loria to blame foe sticking his fat ass into the FA signings and trades. Stick to Art, Fatso.

andy

fire him for not going after fielder

Stan M

LeBlanc had made 92 pitches. After a rough start, he had pitched 4 consecutive inning of shutout ball. What better time to pull him? Right? A man is pitching well so he gets pulled. I just don't get
it and never will.

laurelbowie

Stan M,
Couldn't agree with you more. And we see how well it all worked out.
As a rule of thumb, you should never yank anything (or anybody) when it's doing its best work.

Flav C.

And to make matters worse, LeBlanc is one of the few pitchers in the rotation who can actually have good at-bats (.270 career avg batting). So Ozzie didn't even have the excuse of lifting him for a better hitter, such as the likes of Kearns or Petersen. Did I just use the words "better hitter" and "Petersen/Kearns" in the same sentence?
Blasphemy.

Stan M

In last blog I mentioned how much Gorkys looks like a soon to be ex politician from Hawaii and Indonesia. It is really remarkable, especially when he looks down. Without the cap, of course.

Two outs and two on and a left handed batter coming up. Ozzie had to use Dunn instead of Choate who is gone. Cost us the game.

laurelbowie

Stan M,
I assume you're referring to Sen. Daniel Inouye.
Just for the record, I do know who you're talking about (and I also know that's bad grammar). At least the politico in question doesn't have that awful chaw in his lower lip. I hope Gorkys gets rid of his before it kills him. He has a lot going for him if he can just find ways to get on base.
Someday when the liquor is flowing, I will tell you a story about the daughter of another famous politician from Hawaii.

bob

Sucks for Beinfest that his daddy isn't friends with the owner.

bob

@Stan, I think it's more than obvious now that Ozzie follows pitch counts religiously. I wonder if Ozzie ever let Buehrle get close to 130 pitches in Chicago. It's a surprise Ozzie even let him get to 116 when Buehrle threw the perfect game.

richiej

Michael Hill...just what has been his function?

Bubala Kuhn

He's Loria's token shvartza in the FO, in compliance with MLB diversity rule.

spitballer

It's good to see Ozzie back on twitter.

As for how pitchers are handled...the way the Nats are shuting down Stasburg & not letting him pitch in the playoffs is real sad. He may never get this close to the WS.

lucy

bubala...and your the blog's token a**hole. congrats.

charlie brown

Hill goes running w/Samson and does yardwork for Loria

Marlin Fan

Stan , couldn't agree more , unfortunately Ozzie has been mishandling pitchers all season . I am cautiously optimistic about our pitching for next year . Hoping JJ gets some run support and remains healthy. I think Bhuerhle is a given , I like Nolasco as a 3 . Eovaldi will have a season under his belt and hopefully more control . I have to see more of Turner , but I think he will have no trouble being at least a 5 to start out .
Bullpen needs consistency. Gaudin , Bell should be gone . Webb and Dunn ???? Time for both of them to step it up, both era's at 4 or higher. Jennings, Hatcher, Zambrano ??? Cishek should be a given , although Ozzie continues to feel that Bell will regain his form .
Maybe late next year after pitching in AA , Fernandez will be up?

merchant of venice

Give up on these money grabbing losers already...last place for years to come

spitballer

mov...being a marlins fan is definately not easy....maybe you migh like watching the cubs/red sox/astros....

here's a message from John Buck...
http://stripclubwithstanton.blogspot.com/2012/09/john-buck-accurately-sums-up-our.html

Bob

Hill is just Loria's yes-man. Rich a-holes like Loria need many yes-men, and Loria has Hill and Samson.

Ricky Ricardo

Can the Marlins hit Willy Chirino tonite?

Camera Mike

To get back to Stan's point on pulling LeBlanc. He did start rough but had definitely recovered and was pitching very well. Ozzie knew he has Eovoldi on the mound tonight who if I remember correctly has some short appearances, so why risk tiring out your bullpen a night before a pitcher who may need an earlier relief. Like Stan I just don't get it on multiple levels.

Also please don't think I am coming down on Eovoldi. He is a young pitcher and learning the major league game. He has made some mistakes but I feel has also showed some growth in his time here thus far.

Marlin Fan

Ozzie pulls Eovaldi after 5 innings and 85 pitches , after going well. Looks what happens AGAIN .

Camera Mike

Revised prediction on final record, forget 70-92 now I'm thinking 66-96

Marlin Fan

Espada great call

rbleigh

Outside of Reyes and Stanton & maybe Lee its debatable whether or not they're fielding a MLB team out there.

Flav C.

The more I look at this team now and what they will probably look like for next year, the more hopeless I get.
Our pitching rotation is a disaster: Turner/Eovaldi/LeBlanc are a bunch of #5 starters. And we have no clue how the younger ones (Turner/Eovaldi) will fair. Do they have good stuff? Yes, every now and then. But nothing that can make us go "wow, this kid is the real deal". They have that characteristic of young pitchers who will take a while until they figure things out. In the meantime, they will have lots of shortened starts (5-6 innings). We better have a good bullpen to cover that, which right now is a big mess with Webb, Dunn, Gaudin, Bell, and most of the kids they bring from AAA (Kohler, Jennings, Hatcher). Hopefully AJ Ramos can bring more of what he showed last night. I like a reliever called Caminero from JAX.
The rest of the starting rotation: Buehrle you pretty much know what you will get. Typical #3 or #4 in a good rotation, but #2 in the Marlins rotation.
JJ is finishing his worst complete season. Worst ERA, bat avg, WHIP, Strike outs way down. Not sure what we will get next season. And Nolasco will be in his last year of contract. Maybe this is something positive.

The lineup...my God...a bunch of single-hitters with bad OBP: Petersen, Solano, Bonifacio, Murphy...They can run, but can they hit? Morrison was supposed to be the guy that would bring lots of extra-base hits, and 20+HRs. Looks like he will have another opportunity next season, while he is still cheap for the FO coffers.
Stanton is a raw gem, who at moments look like Adam Dunn (tons of SO) and other moments like Barry Bonds. We still need a whole healthy season from him to better gauge which one he wants to be. With a good hitting coach he could do wonders.
Reyes is a keeper. I'm confident he'll be back to his .290-.300 bat avg next year. Brantly maybe will do alright. Ruggiano is a big question mark. Not sure what to expect from him playing an entire season. However, he earned the right to come back as a major leaguer next season.

We need to bring 2 kids next season: Zack Cox and give him a try on 3B. He's a pretty good gap-hitter and always productive. We have to stop filling the gap with out-of-position players. He is a true 3B, very good defensively.
And Kyle Jensen. He can hit really hard, good power. He proved it in Jupiter and this season in JAX, being top 3 in the RBI and HR leaders, both in High A and AA.

Lou

Inouye would probably be labeled "anti-military- now by the Chicken Hawks who ran up deferments like they were S&H Green Stamps. Inouye and that congressman from Georgia who had his legs blown off probably don't have enough guts for the cowards of the world who ran from military service but had no problem sending kids off to foreigh adventures. Eisenhower, Bush 1 and Kennedy all COURAGEOUS guys who never shirked duty and agaonized about sending kids off to war and you guys all know who the Chicken Blank Cowards are who all talk big but never had an ounce of spine when it counted. Many of these clowns had "other options" they wished to pursue--I Bet!!! Makes it a lot more effective when you don't name the names and just let people think about who they were.

Stan M

What in the world is that all about, Lou?

Flav C.

I was about to ask the same thing. Maybe his comments coincided with the DNC in NC.

Flav C.

The Nats had 2 pitchers on the mound tonight, for the 9-1 win against the Cubs: Gio with 7 innings, and 93 pitches thrown. And Stammen, pitching the next 2 innings. Stammen, right-handed pitcher, faced batters who bat left and right.

If it were Ozzie as the Nats coach, we would probably have had: Gio pitching 7 innings. Maybe 6, just in case. On the 8th inning, Stammen pitching for the right hitter. Dunn next facing the left hitter. Webb facing the right hitter.
Bell coming to the 9th, allowing 5 runs and striking out 1. Koehler allowing one more run and retiring the 2nd out. Cishek for the "save".

Earl W

Ozzie couldnt hold Davey Johnsons jock strap,as a player or a manager.

Earl W

Bullpen Management for Idiots by the Ozzhole

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Plenty of tickets available for todays game starting at .01..Thats right. one cent.check out stubhub.com

snoozzie

Marlins will play remaining games at 12:40 eastern, before opposing team wakes up.

Flav C.

If the Orioles don't exercise its $ 11 million option on Reynolds in 2013, this would be an interesting possibility for 3B. He definitely doesn't hit for average, but has a lot of power. The Marlins need a player who can put 20+ HRs in a season to make a "combo" with Stanton.

julio ,down by the schoolyard

Marlins are too cheap to spend the money on Reynolds, besides, he's a gringo. No go for Loria el gordo.

Glags

This may be off base but does anyone else think Stanton, aka sleevie wonder, is disinterested in playing at home knowing his power is neutralized by the parks dimensions. He goes on a tear on the road then comes home and hits .250 with only 2 HRs with 17 K's during the home stand. I know he gets hot and cold but his body language on some K's appeared to show some frustration.

JUAN YANES

THE BLAME OF MARLINS FALL IS " THE COACHES " # 1.-THE MANAGER,# 2. THE BENCH COACH AND # 3. THE 3RD BASE COACH.
THEY LACK OF WINNING EMOTION FOR LEAD THE TEAM AND ALSO LACK OF ENOUGH AKNOWLEDGES OF THE BASEBALL FUNDAMENTALS. EXAMPLE: WHAT IS THE REASON TO PENCIL A LINE UP WITH JOSE REYES AS # 3, WHEN HE ISN'T AN SLUGGER, HE ALSO FAILED IN THIS SPOT LAST YEAR WITH THE METS, HE IS THE BEST RUNNER ON BASES AND STOLEN BASES.
WHY PENCIL STANTON AS # 4, HE IS STILL INMATURE, HE CAN'T HIT MANY THROWS THEREFORE HE LEFT A LOT OF RUNNER ON BASE, THE MAN FOR BE # 4 IS CARLOS LEE WHO AS GOOD AVE WITH RUNNER ON BASE. ABOUT THE PITCHERS: DUNN HAS LOSS MORE THAN FIFTEEN GAMES WITH WINNING SCORES AND THE MANAGER PERSISTS IN CALL HIM AGAINST LEFTIES.IN MY OPINION THESE COACHES DON'T IMPROVE THEIR PERFORMANCE NEVER.

JUAN YANES

BEINFEST IS A GOOD FRONT OFFICE MANAGER, HE HAS MADE A LOT OF PLAYERS TRANSACTIONS IN FAVOUR OF THE MARLINS; MARLINS HAVE GAINED GOOD PROFITS WITH HIS JOB AND MAYBE HE WASN'T WHO ELECT THE PRESENT LOSSES MANAGER

Duh

WTF ??????????????????????????

laurelbowie

Glags,
I'm sure Stanton isn't disinterested, but I wonder if the size of the park psyches him out a little and maybe affects his swing. You're right — he does look frustrated when he strikes out, and he also looks like a big, embarrassed kid, which I'm sure he is.
Ironically, all that room in the outfield makes Marlins Park a good hitters' park for a guy like Stanton if he would forget about the home runs and shoot for those gaps. If he does that, the homers are going to come without trying.

Marlin Fan

Stanton needs to go to right field more instead of trying to pull pitches . Hit it where's it pitched .

Fish Fan

The Marlins would be stupid to fire Beinfest. This is a guy almost every team would take as their GM. He has won them a world series with no money. Just because a few deals he made doesnt pan out isnt his fault, and dont think Loria is to blame for the decisions. He probably forced Beinfest into the signings to make $ where they should have gone after guys with more value and made a balanced roster.

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