Anybody who didn’t like Derek Jeter as a baseball player must despise him now as the CEO of the Florida Marlins.
Jeter was part of an ownership group who took charge of the Marlins on Oct. 2. The team cost $1.2 billion. Florida businessman Bruce Sherman reportedly contributed most of the money while Jeter chipped in a paltry $25 million and took over baseball operations.
To trim the team’s payroll, Jeter quickly jettisoned Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon. All three are all-stars. Players like Stanton join a franchise every 25 years or so, yet upon being dealt to the Yankees he spoke about the shoddy way he was treated by the new owners.
Through all of this, Jeter has been absent. He hasn’t explained to the Marlins’ fans what he’s doing. Jeter was spotted watching the Miami Dolphins beat the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, while the rest of the baseball world was attending winter meetings and any leader with cojones would have been meeting the media to explain his actions.