GM Candidate Scouting Report: Larry Beinfest

beinfestOn Friday, the Padres had their first formal interview with a candidate for the general manager position, as they got to know former Marlins GM Larry Beinfest.

To get to know a little bit more about Beinfest, Padres Social Hour caught up with Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, who used to cover the Marlins for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Berardino said that he’s “Not surprised that he is receiving interest for a GM job.  I thought he always put together teams that out performed their payroll.”

When asked what his overall thoughts about Beinfest, he said that the former Marlins GM is “a real thorough good listener when it comes to putting together a consensus for his scouting groups.”

Beinfest was the general manager for the the Marlins when they won the World Series in 2003. A popular question that many people have asked is how much credit does he get for the Marlins winning? Berardino believes that the trades and the free agents that he obtained leading up to that October, as well as his creativity, played a big role. He also added that Beinfest “Did not build the whole roster himself but when he came in 2002 he had to make some changes.”

Berardino was asked whether he thinks Beinfest is a new-school numbers guy or an old-school scouting guy.  He stated that “The Marlins under Beinfest were more scouting centric than number centric. They definitely had ways to be very modern and there certainly is not too much that fell through the cracks down there”.

Watch the full interview here:

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