Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria can be rather decisive when he wants to gut his roster. Yet when it comes to his front office, he waffles and waffles and waffles some more.
If Loria wants to fire Larry Beinfest as president of baseball operations, then he should fire him. Instead, Loria is staying ominously silent while reports circulate, for the second straight September, that Beinfest could be gone.
Loria's refusal to address the topic is unfair to Beinfest, who has served the owner for 14 years, both with the Expos and Marlins. The lingering tension within the Marlins' front office, meanwhile, is damaging to the organization.
Beinfest is miserable, major-league sources say. You would be miserable, too, if your owner over the last four years had gone from merely meddlesome to completely hands-on, even vetoing minor-league callups for reasons unrelated to performance.
The Marlins' power structure, according to sources, essentially consists of Loria and VP of player personn...