Larry Beinfest finished his 20th year in professional baseball, with 2009 marking his eighth year atop the Marlins Baseball Operations Department. He was promoted to President of Baseball Operations and signed an extension through the 2015 season on September 29, 2007. He previously served as Executive Vice President and General Manager. In his eight seasons, the Marlins have compiled a 656-639 record (.505) and a World Series title. During Beinfests tenure, the Marlins have posted six of their top eight single- season win totals (91 in 2003, 2nd; 87 in 2009, 2nd; 84 in 2008, 3rd; 83 in 2004 and 2005, tied for 4th; and 79 in 2002, tied for 7th). In the Clubs first nine seasons, the Marlins had one winning season and made one playoff appearance, as they won the World Series in 1997.
The 2009 Marlins Opening Day roster was the first built entirely by Larry Beinfests baseball operations department, as all 25 players were signed, drafted or acquired by the current regime. Offseason trades brought in the likes of Ross Gload, Leo Nunez and Ronny Paulino and the trade deadline brought the acquisition of Nick Johnson. Gload set Marlins single-season dub records for hits and RBI by a pinch hitter while Paulino ended the season as one of the top hitting catchers in the second half of the year. Several young players that made significant impacts on the Major League club that posted the third-most wins in franchise history were potential National League Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan and left-handed pitcher Sean West.
Over the past four seasons, Beinfest has re-tooled the Marlins roster by acquiring numerous talented young players via trades, the Rule 5 Draft and free agency. He traded for Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez, Ricky Nolasco, Matt Lindstrom, Andrew Miller, Cameron Maybin and others. Ramirez went on to become the 2006 NL Rookie of the Year, the second NL Rookie of the Year acquired via trade during Beinfests tenure with the Club (also Dontrelle Willis). Sanchez tossed the fourth no-hitter in Marlins history on September 6, 2006, blanking the Diamondbacks at Dolphin Stadium and Nolasco led the team in wins in 2008. Beinfest selected Dan Uggla in the December 2005 Rule 5 Draft. In 2008, Uggla set the ML record for most home runs by a second baseman in his first three seasons.
In 2003, the Marlins won the World Series Championship and were recognized as the Organization of the Year by Baseball America. The 2003 Marlins produced a 91-71 record, the third-best mark in the National League, behind Atlanta and San Francisco. The minor league system combined for a 343-340 mark and three postseason playoff berths, a feat accomplished for just the second time in the organizations first 11 seasons. Beinfest was named the Rube Foster Legacy Award winner by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum as the 2003 National League Executive of the Year.
Beinfest built the Marlins into a 2003 playoff contender and eventual World Series champion through a number of trades and free agent acquisitions. Prior to the start of the 2002 season, the Marlins acquired Dontrelle Willis and during the year added Carl Pavano and Juan Encarnacion. In the offseason, Beinfest added 14-game winner Mark Redman, 2003 team Most Valuable Player Juan Pierre and future Hall of Famer Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez.
During the 2003 campaign, Beinfest acquired then-American League saves leader Ugueth Urbina from the Texas Rangers, signed all-time pinch-hit leader Lenny Harris and pitchers Chad Fox and Rick Helling to help strengthen the team during its playoff run. When All-Star third baseman Mike Lowell broke his left hand on August 30, he acquired Jeff Conine from the Baltimore Orioles prior to the midnight deadline on August 31.
Beinfest is one of just three active Baseball Operations heads to win a World Series within his first two seasons. Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman won the trophy in his first season (1998), while Beinfest and Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein both accomplished the task during their second seasons. Beinfest is one of six active Baseball Ops heads to win a World Series, joining Cashman, Epstein, Ken Williams, David Dombrowski and Walt Jocketty.
Beinfest was named the second General Manager in Club history (following Dave Dombrowski) on February 12, 2002. Prior to joining the Marlins, he served as the Montreal Expos Interim General Manager, named to that position on October 2, 2001.
Beinfest was named the Expos Assistant General Manager on December 3, 1999. He was involved in all aspects of baseball operations, including contract negotiations, salary arbitration and rules and waiver compliance. Beinfest began his career in professional baseball in 1989 with the Seattle Mariners and during his 10 years with the Mariners he held several positions including Player Development and Scouting Assistant, Assistant Director of Player Development, Director of Player Development, and Assistant to the Vice President, Baseball Operations.
Born and raised in Chatsworth, CA, Beinfest was an All-Los Angeles selection as a shortstop at Chatsworth High. He graduated in 1986 from the University of California, Berkeley, and has a Masters degree in Public Communications from Syracuse University. Beinfest and his wife, Katie, have two children, Madelyn and Mitchell.
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