Well, my afternoon off has suddenly turned eventful once more.
We have been discussing here on Fish Stripes the potential for some front office moves for the Miami Marlins given their disastrous 2012 season, and all signs pointed to potential, as-of-yet-undecided changes coming in the offseason. But Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports today that high-ranking officials on the Marlins are saying the team could fire president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest and general manager Michael Hill as early as next week.
The Marlins are planning to fire president and team architect Larry Beinfest, perhaps as soon as next week, according to two high-ranking executives with knowledge of the move but not permitted to speak publicly because the final decision will be made by owner Jeffrey Loria.
Beinfest would be replaced by Dan Jennings, the Marlins assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel.
The latest discussion on the Marlins' moves in the front office was earlier today, when I discussed whether there was a rift in the Marlins' front office between owner Jeffrey Loria and his candidate, supposed GM-to-be Dan Jennings, and Beinfest and team president David Samson.
Well, it seems the Marlins may very well be siding with Jennings; and Loria's side, which is unsurprising given that it is Loria's team. If Beinfest and Hill are to be fired, followed by Dan Jennings's promotion to general manager, perhaps the Marlins will finally listen to some advanced statistics. Then again, if Jennings's plans for the 2012 season included signing Heath Bell and Prince Fielder to potentially large contracts, one cannot imagine he is that in tune with the growing sabermetrics voice in front offices across America.
Fish Stripes will have more on this story as it progresses.