Former New York Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter has been a part of baseball operations for the Miami Marlins since 2017 as part of a 16-person investment group that bought the team. Things haven’t exactly gone to plan with Jeter as the team’s CEO, as they have yet to have a winning season since.
That’s perhaps part of why Jeter announced on Monday that he will be stepping down from his position with the Marlins, as well as selling his minority stake in the organization.
— ESPN (@espn) February 28, 2022
Jeter cited a difference in his vision for the future of the team as one of the big reasons he decided to step down.
Here is Derek Jeter's full statement on his decision to cut ties with the Marlins 📄 pic.twitter.com/SsGOZ0ZG2O
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) February 28, 2022
The former shortstop has overseen a number of questionable moves under his watch, including trading Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and former MVP Christian Yelich. The organization went 218-327 during his four years as CEO, quite the difference from the success he had as a player with the Yankees.
This shocking news of Jeter’s departure from the team led many on social media to criticize Jeter for his time with the organization.
He was awful. https://t.co/oAUulHaxQA
— The Scoop on The U (@ElJefeScoop) February 28, 2022
The Marlins have had the worst record in the National League during the four seasons that Jeter was the team’s CEO, going 218-327.
Don't let the door hit you on the way out buddy. https://t.co/gEhHq93sal
— David Bearman ESPN (@DBearmanESPN) February 28, 2022
Jeter was instrumental to the Braves World Series title last season. Thank you for trading Adam Duvall to a struggling division rival. You will be missed https://t.co/wQWUIRWpzs
— SportsTalkATL.com (@SportsTalkATL) February 28, 2022
While many fans certainly seem happy that Jeter is out of the organization, some players on the Marlins feel differently about the situation. Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas posted this heartfelt message thanking Jeter for his time with the team.
The Capitan being The Capitan #RESPECT
The integrity of this guy is one of the thing he showed me and stick out with me during the last 4 years, and even when I gonna miss him on my team Derek was a great mentor to me and help me to be a leader. This is what leaders do. pic.twitter.com/mt0CeaNbWx
— Miguel Rojas (@MRojasOfficial) February 28, 2022
Given the state of the Marlins under Jeter’s watch, it might be best that both parties are moving on as the team attempts to rebuild and compete with the defending champion Atlanta Braves and the rest of the National League.