Derek Jeter on his future in baseball after Miami Marlins exit, ‘The Captain’ documentary series on ESPN

Nearly five months after stepping down as CEO of the Miami Marlins, Derek Jeter indicated he’s open to returning to baseball in some capacity.

The Hall of Famer shortstop and New York Yankees legend, among others, discussed his baseball future during an interview with ESPN’s Hannah Storm ahead of Monday’s premiere of ESPN’s seven-part docuseries The Captain.

“I love the game. I really love the game,” Jeter told Storm when asked if he would like to stay involved with the sport. “I think it’s the best game in the world. So yeah, I’m sure I’ll do something at some point.”

Jeter, who won five World Series rings during an illustrious 20-year career with the Yankees, joined the Bruce Sherman-led group that bought the Marlins from Jeffrey Loria for $1.2 billion in September 2017. Jeter received a 4% interest in the franchise – an interest he relinquished upon his departure – but was put in charge of running the business and baseball operations. In four full seasons under Jeter, the Marlins averaged 218-327 but surprisingly made it through the postseason during the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season.

Jeter, 48, announced on Feb. 28 that he was leaving the organization in a statement that was sent via a press release mailing list and not the Marlins. He said it was “the right time for me to step down at the start of a new season.”

When asked how his exit from the Marlins came about, Jeter told Storm, “It’s just like the statement I made, I think the direction of the organization has changed and that wasn’t what I was for signed me up and you know you have to believe in the direction, especially when you’re going to be face forward.

“I just couldn’t continue if I didn’t agree with the direction the organization is going.”

Jeter, who played on Yankees teams that consistently boasted one of the highest payrolls in Major League Baseball, had previously admitted to being naturally impatient while overseeing a franchise with shallower pockets and shorter competitive windows. The Marlins’ payrolls have ranked in the sport’s bottom four at the start of each of the past three seasons.

During his interview with Storm, Jeter reflected on why he decided to share his story and what he learned from the experience making the docuseries.

“The only thing I was able to do during this documentary was let you know how I felt at the time and how I handled things,” he said. “Now your mind changes, you look back and you’re like, ‘Hey, look, maybe there’s some things I should have done a little differently,’ but that got me through New York. In this town, for this organization, if you don’t do your job, they 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 earned a reputation for being very reserved and reserved – a tendency that has allowed him to avoid controversy in one of the most scrutinized media markets in the world.

As he explained to Storm, “My job was to limit distractions. I stood in front of my locker before and after every single game. I brought things up once and just stopped talking about them because that was my way of dealing with it.”

He said his “No. 1 priority” was what the Yankees were doing on the field — and that was winning.

That’s not to say he didn’t have his “fair share of fun” in the process.

“Twenty years old, I was in New York, we won four World Series in my first five years. We were the toast of town. There was a lot of fun there too. Nothing stood in the way of trying to win.”

Jeter also addressed his decision to finally join social media, a move that has garnered him a total of 687,000 followers across Twitter and Instagram.

“I’ve tried as much as possible to maintain a 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 it [decided I wanted to show] a different side of me so to speak.

“I guess I just ran out of excuses.”

Information from ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez was included in this report.

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