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Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins have parted ways in a surprising development. The Hall-of-Fame shortstop released a statement on Monday.
Jeter stated that the vision he and the franchise had five years ago was partly fulfilled, but the Marlins vision moving forward — perhaps their next five years — doesn’t align fully with the former Yankee great.
“Today I am announcing that the Miami Marlins and I are officially ending our relationship and I will no longer serve as CEO nor as a shareholder in the Club. 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. 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 said in a statement.
Derek Jeter made waves when he signed on to join Miami’s front office. While they’ve seen marginal success and incremental improvements during his time there, it was clear to the man himself it’s time to move on.
Derek Jeter: Marlins statement on his departure
Bruce Sherman, the principle owner of the Marlins, also released a statement on Jeter’s looming departure:
“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. 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.”
The Marlins finished fourth in the NL East last season with a 67-95 record. While matters don’t look great for next year, having this occur in the middle of a lockout cannot be ideal for either side.
No one is sure what lies ahead for Jeter, but you can rest assured he’ll be successful at it.