President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest, who reportedly could be on his way out after the season along with team President David Samson, told TheTicketMiami Tuesday morning the rumors about losing his job are getting to him.
"I think when you sign up for the job and your team doesn't play well you're open to scrutiny and your job status is in jeopardy," Beinfest said during his weekly appearance on the Hochman and Zaslow Show. "I think the tumultuous part and unsettling part is reading about it and living it everyday. You know I'm a person just like anybody else. I have a wife and kids and all that good stuff. It can definitely grate on you.
"But you have to try to take a step back and go with the old 'Worry about things you can control.' Do the best job you possibly can and continue to do so until the card reader doesn't let you in the building anymore. And that's exactly what's going on. In a perfect world would I want this to happen two years in a row? Absolutely not. Has it been fun for me? Nope. You just deal with it."
Beinfest, who has served under owner Jeffrey Loria for 13 years dating back to their days with the Montreal Expos, is under contract through the 2015 season. He was rumored to be on the hot seat last season, too, but ended up keeping his job. It was reported Beinfest went to Loria weeks ago to discuss his future with the organization, but was given no guarantees.
Multiple sources said that in making his decisions, Loria often heeds the advice and suggestions of others, everyone from player agents to assistant general manager Dan Jennings, without receiving any input from Beinfest and general manager Michael Hill. Jennings has long been one of Loria’s favorites, and there is rampant speculation he will take over in the front office in the event of a change in leadership. It was reported this week Jennings has already begun the process of looking for a staff to replace Beinfest and Hill.
"Boy if I listen to everybody and read the papers it sounds like I'm a goner," Beinfest said. "But that's what it sounded like a year ago. Again, it would be unfair for me to say I haven't given it a thought. But my expectation is that I've done a good job, there's a bright future here and that I'm going to be a part of it. If that's not the case then that's out of my hands.
Asked if he had gone to Loria for an assurance about his future, Beinfest said: "I'd like to keep everything internal. That's probably the most professional thing given the number of things that are out there externally. So I'll leave it at that. But it does grate on you everyday and you have to deal with it. But at the same time you have to do your job. I know I didn't answer the question but that's the way it goes.
"Am I disappointed? Absolutely. Nobody wants to read about their job status and possibly losing their livelihood. But that's the way it goes in a public business."
Asked if Loria has been involved in the process of running the team more lately than in the past, Beinfest answered: " I don't know that that's necessarily the case. I'll just say Jeffrey has always been involved. He made that very clear when he hired me 14 years ago when I was an assistant GM in Montreal. That he wanted to know what was going on and that he was going to be involved in the baseball operations.
"He has the keys to the car and if he wants to help drive it, that's just the way it goes. For me, he's always been involved. Again, a lot of things are out there. I'm not going to respond to them. And it's all sensitive stuff. Let's face it. I don't think has been pleasant for Jeffrey or for the organization the last couple of weeks, reading all these things. We have an attendance challenge building and a hundred loss team and there's a lot of things to worry about here and I'm not sure I'm necessarily at the top of the list."
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