He was a Rookie of the Year, a star postseason performer, and a five-time World Series winner in his playing days.
He probably envisioned himself achieving a lot of success as the CEO of the Miami Marlins when he took over the franchise in 2017.
But in a statement released today after parting ways with the Marlins, Jeter 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.”
Jeter Wanted The Marlins To Commit To Winning
It’s pretty clear, judging from those words, that the Marlins are not as keen on investing to be a contending team as Jeter is.
One MLB insider, Joel Sherman, reported something along those lines.
“(I) Heard Jeter believed going into the lockout that there would be another $10M-$15M that the Marlins would spend on the 2022 roster, and that strategy evaporated during the lockout. It was central to Jeter’s decision to leave as CEO,” Sherman, of the New York Post, revealed.
Heard Jeter believed going into the lockout that there would be another $10M-$15M that the Marlins would spend on the 2022 roster, and that strategy evaporated during the lockout. It was central to Jeter’s decsion to leave as CEO.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 28, 2022
In fact, the Marlins’ offseason got off to an auspicious start: they extended shortstop Miguel Rojas and star pitcher Sandy Alcantara, traded for reliever Louis Head, catcher Jacob Stallings, and infielder Joey Wendle, and signed free agent outfielder Avisail Garcia.
But Jeter felt he needed the money he was promised to round out the roster.
If Sherman’s story is right, Jeter has every right to be upset and his decision is totally justified, because it he let that one go through, it would have been a repeated occurrence.