Baseball news keeps getting bleaker. But wow, I was not expecting this one. The Captain, who always wanted to get into front office operations, now is stepping down from the Marlins.
"Today I am announcing that the Miami Marlins and I are officially ending our relationship and I will no longer serve as CEO nor as a shareholder in the Club. We had a vision five years ago to turn the Marlins franchise around, and as CEO, I have been proud to put my name and reputation on the line to make our plan a reality. Through hard work, trust and accountability, we transformed every aspect of the franchise, reshaping the workforce, and developing a long-term strategic plan for success. That said, the vision for the future of the franchise is different than the one I signed up to lead. Now is the right time for me to step aside as a new season begins."
A couple years after retirement, Jeter engaged in the bidding for Miami Marlins ownership. In August of 2017, he finalized a deal that would net him 4% stake of the franchise, but he was also named CEO of the team and controlled the day-to-day operations.
During his tenure, the Marlins were still in the midst of another rebuild. He helped navigate the deal that brought Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees, and other major players were moved around the league. Miami went 218-327 during his time, including a surprise NLDS appearance in the shortened 2020 season. They do hold some young talent, which makes their future not so dim, including Jazz Chisholm and Sandy Alcantara.
As for the Yankees fan, does this mean we will see our captain at Old Timer's Day? Does he take a role within the team? Could he even fill in as our stopgap shortstop for the time being?! Who knows, but damn, this is shitty news for Marlins fans, who finally received some relevancy once again.