And we thought we had heard the last of Derek Jeter, at least as a player, after he retired from baseball. It seems however that has now changed as he is now, or soon to be, the co-owner of the Miami Marlins. I say co-owner because Jeter is not the only person that has a hand in this deal. Former presidential candidate Jeb Bush will also hold ownership.
This is not the first time a Bush has been the owner of an MLB team. Jeb’s brother George at one point was the owner of the Texas Rangers organization. Similarly, Michael Jordan, former player of the Chicago Bulls, is now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets. I think many fans would agree that when a player retires from their sport they really only retire from playing the sport. The general trend I have seen in regards to retired players is that the team designate the retiree as “Special Assistant to the General Manager”. This way they are still in some way involved with the organization even though they do not play.
Back to my original point, I think it will be very interesting to see where the Marlins organization goes from here now that they are under new management. The club is definitely a rising powerhouse with established players such as Giancarlo Stanton. One final point I think I should make is will Jeter be treated the same way as he was when he was a player, or draw more criticism now that he has taken on an even bigger role? I tend to think that yes he will be more heavily criticized at least in the first couple of years. It may be even more awkward for reporters because the majority of the sports media has come to know him as a player. It will definitely be interesting to watch it unfold and even more interesting to see where the Marlins go from here.
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