Montreal — After 24 years in baseball, Jim Beattie decided he wanted to take a break and spend more time with his kids.
"They're getting close to going to college and I just decided it was time for me to spend more time around my family," Beattie said Friday after announcing his resignation as the Montreal Expos' general manager when his three-year contract expires Oct. 31.
"After playing for 12 years, I've been in the front office for 12 years," Beattie said. "As a player you get a lot of time off in the wintertime in the front office, you don't. I haven't spent five days away from the game with my family in 12 years."
A Dartmouth graduate, Beattie sold his house in Montreal last year and moved his family to Hanover, N.H. in time for the fall school semester.
Despite rumors that he would leave his job with the Expos to become the athletics director at Dartmouth, Beattie denied having any contact with the school about the vacancy.
"Other than what I've read in the newspaper, I don't know if I'm qualified for the job, and I don't know if they want me," Beattie said. "It's an exciting opportunity, but whether I'm ready to step away from baseball, I don't know."
A former major league pitcher, Beattie took over as GM from Kevin Malone in October 1995.
Before joining the Expos, Beattie was director of player development with the Seattle Mariners from 1989-95.
"He's leaving at a time when he would begin to see the fruits of his labor, and that was very painful for him, but he is such a devoted family man," Expos executive vice president David Samson said. "Whether you think of him as a good GM or not you agree with his moves or not, the one thing no one has ever questioned is his integrity and his professionalism."
Beattie has a 52-87 career record with a 4.17 ERA in 203 games with the New York Yankees (1978-79) and Seattle (1980-86).