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Larry Beinfest was a top baseball prospect in high school, until he broke his leg playing shortstop in a championship game in his junior year in 1981. He ended up with one leg shorter than the other, seriously affecting his status as a prospect. He still managed to snatch a scholarship from the University of Nevada, but after two years transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where he failed to make the baseball team. Instead, he concentrated on his studies, graduating in 1986 with a degree in international business and finance. After working for a year in the marketing department of a radio station, he set off to earn his graduate degree in public communications from Syracuse University. He wanted to work in broadcasting, but instead received an offer from the Seattle Mariners to work in their front office.

Beinfest worked for the Mariners as Player Development and Scouting assistant from 1991 to 1995 and Director of Player Development from 1996 to 1997. He was assistant GM in 1998 and a special assistant to the GM in 1999. Moving to the Montreal Expos, Beinfest was the assistant GM in 2000-2001 and became interim GM in October 2001, succeeding Jim Beattie, with whom he had also worked in the Mariners' organization. In February 2002, the Expos' entire front office staff was transferred to the Florida Marlins when owner Jeffrey Loria sold his team to Major League Baseball in order to purchase the Marlins.

Beinfest was General Manager of the Marlins from 2002 to 2007. During his term as GM, the Marlins won the 2003 World Series, but he was also forced to trade away all the team's talent in the Marlins' second Fire Sale in a decade. After the 2007 season Beinfest moved up the ladder to become the Marlins' President of Baseball Operations. He would remain the team's president through the end of the 2013 season when he was fired and replaced by Dan Jennings. That firing came after the move to a new downtown ballpark in 2012 coupled with the team being renamed the Miami Marlins, the disastrous hiring and subsequent firing of Ozzie Guillen's as the team's manager that season, yet another fire sale, and then a very difficult season on the field in 2013, when the team was largely made up of youngsters.


Preceded by
Dave Dombrowski
Florida Marlins General Manager
2002-2007
Succeeded by
Michael Hill

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