The Hall of Fame shortstop and New York Yankees The legend discussed his baseball future, among other topics, during an interview with ESPN’s Hannah Storm ahead of Monday’s premiere of ESPN’s seven-part documentary “The Captain.”
“I love the game. I really love the game,” Jeter told the Storm when asked if he wants to continue playing the sport. “I think it’s the best game in the world. So yeah, at some point, I’m sure I’ll do something.”
Jeter, who won five World Series rings during an illustrious 20-year career with the Yankees, joined the Bruce Sherman-led team that bought the Marlins from Jeffrey Loria for $1.2 billion in September 2017. In Jeter was given a 4 percent stake in the franchise — a stake he relinquished upon his departure — but was tasked with managing baseball operations and operations. In four full seasons under Jeter, the Marlins went a combined 218-327, but surprisingly reached the postseason during the 2020 season shortened by COVID-19.
Jeter, 48, announced that he was leaving the organization in a Feb. 28 statement sent through a news release distributor and not the Marlins, saying “the time was right for me to step down as a new season begins.”
Asked to explain how his departure from the Marlins materialized, Jeter told the Storm, “It’s just like the statement I made, I think the direction of the organization had changed and it wasn’t what I signed up for and you know you have to believe in the direction, especially if you are going to be the front person.
“I just couldn’t move forward if I didn’t agree with the direction the organization was going.”
Jeter, who starred on Yankees teams that consistently boasted one of the highest payrolls in Major League Baseball, previously admitted he was inherently impatient while overseeing a franchise with shallower pockets and smaller playoff windows. The Marlins’ payroll has ranked in the bottom four in the league at the start of each of the last three seasons.
During his interview with the Storm, Jeter reflected on why he decided to share his story and what he got out of the experience of making the documentaries.
“The only thing I could do during this documentary is to let you know how I felt and how I was dealing with things at the time,” he said. “Now, your mind changes, you look back and say, ‘Hey, look, maybe there are some things I should have done a little differently,’ but that’s what led me to New York. In this city, for him organization, if you don’t do your job, they’ll get someone else. I played in New York for 20 years and the way I handled it worked.”
During his two decades in New York, Jeter built a reputation for being very guarded and private — a tendency that allowed him to avoid controversy in one of the world’s most scrutinized media markets.
As he explained to the Storm, “My job was to limit distractions. I was in front of my locker before and after every game. I’d say things once and I just wouldn’t talk about them again because that was my way of dealing with it. .”
He said his “No. 1 priority” was what the Yankees did on the field — and that was winning.
That’s not to say he hasn’t had his “fair share of fun” along the way.
“Twenty years old, I was in New York, we won four World Series in my first five years. We were the toast of the town. There was a lot of fun in there, too. Nothing ever got in the way of trying to win.”
Jeter also touched on his decision to finally join social mediaa move that has garnered him a total of 687,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram.
“I’ve tried as much as I can to maintain a certain sense of privacy throughout my career,” he said. “People have been trying to get me to start social media for a long time, and I finally did [decided I wanted to show] a different side of me, so to speak.
“I guess I’m out of excuses.”
Information from ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez was included in this report.
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