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Marlins shake up baseball operations

- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 6, 2011

MIAMI (AP) - The Florida Marlins shook up their baseball operations by hiring Marty Scott and reassigning Jim Fleming, who has been with the franchise for nine years.

Owner Jeffrey Loria expressed disappointment earlier this season with the state of the Marlins' minor-league system. The team has had little draft success in recent years, especially in the first round.

Scott, who has spent 34 years in professional baseball, replaces Fleming as vice president of player development, the team said Tuesday. Scott was director of player development for the Texas Rangers from 1985 to 1994, and he spent the past three seasons as manager of the minor-league Lincoln Saltdogs.

Fleming, who is under contract through 2015, will become special assistant to president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest. Fleming's previous role was to oversee the scouting and player development departments.

Stan Meek, director of scouting the past nine years, becomes vice president of scouting.

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