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Marlins Fire Team President

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria fired his team president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest Friday.

"Larry has worked with me for 13 years, making huge contributions to our efforts and serving as a partner to me in the process," Loria said in a statement. "I wish him nothing but the best and know he will make a great addition wherever he lands."

Beinfest, who has held multiple positions under Loria, was the Marlins general manager when the Marlins won the 2003 World Series. But the Marlins are coming off their third consecutive last-place finish in the NL East so a change was made.

"I was just fired by Jeffrey Loria," Beinfest wrote in a text message to multiple media outlets. "I want to thank the Marlins for the opportunity. I look back positively at tackling numerous challenges, opening a new ballpark and enjoying a World Series championship. I worked with some tremendous players and staff in Miami and appreciate their friendship and professional respect."

Loria also fired Beinfest's special assistant Jim Fleming. Both Beinfest and Fleming had two years left on their contracts.

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