The Miami Marlins, who at 60-100 have the worst record in the National League, fired team president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest and one of his deputies, Jim Fleming.
Beinfest, 49, who had been with the Marlins for 12 years, was general manager in 2003 when they won the World Series. The team has not returned to the playoffs since then, and has undergone a series of managerial changes as well as twice dumping star players to cut payroll under owner Jeffrey Loria.
“The Marlins organization has decided to make some changes at the helm of our baseball operations,” Loria wrote in a statement posted yesterday on the Marlins’ website. “I will soon be making further announcements in terms of our new structure in baseball operations.”
The Marlins have shed All-Stars and their salaries three times in the past 16 years, including after Major League Baseball championships in 1997 and 2003.
The team moved last season into a $515 million, retractable-roof ballpark that was 80 percent publicly financed, and significantly raised its payroll by signing free agents including former New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes.
After going 69-93 in 2012, the Marlins sent Reyes and three other All-Stars to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor-league prospects and financial relief.
“I was just fired by Jeffrey Loria,” Beinfest wrote in a text message to reporters. “I look forward to continuing my 24-year MLB career in the near future.”