In a stunning move, Jeter announced that he is stepping down as CEO and will no longer serve the Marlins in any capacity.
Derek Jeter is stepping down as CEO of the Miami Marlins, sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 28, 2022
Following his resignation, Jeter released a statement.
Statement from Derek Jeter: pic.twitter.com/10T4WWP5k8
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 28, 2022
“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,” Jeter said.
“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.”
Jeter also stated that his vision for the future of the Marlins did not align with that of the Marlins ownership.
Jeter’s Marlins Tenure
Jeter stepped into the role of CEO for the Marlins back in September of 2017.
Since he took over as CEO, the Marlins haven’t had much success, finishing under .500 and missing the postseason in all but one year.
The Marlins reached the postseason in the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season, when the postseason was expanded to 16 teams due to the regular season being only 60 games.
That year, the Marlins finished 31-29 and second in the NL East, capturing the sixth seed in the National League.
What’s Next For The Marlins?
Marlins’ principal owner Bruce Sherman released a statement of his own following Jeter’s departure.
Marlins owner Bruce Sherman statement on Jeter departure: pic.twitter.com/q0frzXbY0I
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 28, 2022
“We have a deep bench of talent that will oversee both business and baseball decisions while we work to identify a new CEO to lead our franchise,” Sherman said in his statement.
“The ownership group is committed to keep investing in the future of the franchise-and we are determined to build a team that will return to the postseason and excite Marlins fans and the local community,” Sherman added.