Beinfest Promoted to President of Baseball Operations. Michael Hill Named New General Manager
The Florida Marlins today announced the extension of the contracts of four baseball executives through the 2015 season: Larry Beinfest, who was named President, Baseball Operations; Michael Hill who was named Vice President, General Manager; Dan Jennings who was named Vice President, Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager; and Jim Fleming, Vice President, Player Development and Scouting and Assistant General Manager. The announcement was made by Marlins Owner and CEO Jeffrey H. Loria.
"These four gentlemen lead one of the top baseball operations departments in Major League Baseball, and I am pleased that they have all agreed to remain with the Marlins until at least 2015 and maintain stability at the top of our organization as we work towards winning additional championships," said Loria. "Although nothing changes in the structure and day-to-day operations of the Marlins front office, these promotions and extensions are well-deserved for their loyalty and are an acknowledgement of the respect I have for them as individuals."
"This promotion for Larry represents the recognition he typically prefers to deflect to the organization," added Loria. "He has helped build one World Series winner and his leadership has us on track to succeed again despite the several challenges we face. Michael, Jim and Dan are each certainly capable and qualified to head a baseball operations department, and there has been considerable interest by other organizations to interview them at different times. However, as part of this extension, they have all committed to remain with the Marlins through at least 2015 and for that I am both fortunate and genuinely excited for the future of our organization."
Beinfest was originally named the Marlins GM prior to the 2002 season and oversaw the transactions that built the 2003 World Series Champions. During his tenure, the Marlins have compiled a 484-486 (.499) record and a World Series title, while posting three consecutive winning seasons (2003-2005) for the first time in franchise history. Beinfest also served as Interim General Manager of the Montreal Expos from October 2001-February 2002. He joined the Expos as Assistant GM in December 1999, after 10 seasons with the Seattle Mariners, where he held several positions, including Director of Player Development and Assistant to the Vice President, Baseball Operations. Beinfest graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and has a Masters degree from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Katie, have two children: Madelyn and Mitchell.
Hill, who becomes the third General Manager in Club history, joined the Marlins as Assistant General Manager in 2002 after working in the front offices of the Colorado Rockies (1999-2001) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1995-1999). He graduated from Harvard University in 1993 after starring as the football team's top rusher and baseball team captain. A 31st-round pick by the Texas Rangers in 1993, Hill played two seasons in the Rangers organization and one in the Reds system before joining the Devil Rays front office in 1995. He and his wife, Vivian, have two sons: Donovan and Xavier.
Jennings has been with the Marlins for five seasons after seven-plus years as the Director of Scouting for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He began his scouting career in 1986 with the Cincinnati Reds and joined the Seattle Mariners in 1988, where he held several scouting positions until joining Tampa Bay. Jennings pitched one season for Greensboro in the New York Yankees organization after playing baseball at Southern Mississippi. He graduated from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 1984. He and his wife, Lori, have two sons: Tyler and Hunter.
Fleming is in his fifth season in his current role after serving four-plus seasons as Director of Scouting for the Montreal Expos. He originally joined the Expos in 1990 as an area scout, and in 12 years with the Expos, held various positions, including Midwest Scouting Supervisor, Western Scouting Supervisor and National Crosschecker. Fleming also spent 15 seasons as a college coach at Pima College in Tucson, the University of Arizona and the University of Oklahoma, in addition to three seasons in the Alaska Collegiate Summer League and two seasons in the Cape Cod League. Fleming graduated from the University of Arizona, where he earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. He and his wife, Diane, live in Purcell, Oklahoma.