Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is ultimately a perfect fit for the young, talented Miami Marlins.
It was announce on Tuesday afternoon that a Derek Jeter-led group reached an agreement to purchase the Miami Marlins, as reported by Scott Soshnick. The agreement was reported as $1.3 billion, as stated by Barry Jackson on Twitter.
— Scott Soshnick (@soshnick) April 25, 2017
More details on Marlins sale,per source:There is agreement in principle, pending MLB approval & contract details.$1.3 billion price for team
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) April 25, 2017
While it was reported by Barry Jackson that Jeb Bush would serve as the one in charge, Jeter still plans to play a role in the running of the team.
With more than five investors in the Bush/Jeter group, the fact that Jeter is one of the big names does great things for baseball.
Jeter is one of the most decorated athletes in the history of the sport, not to mention a major advocate for young players looking to follow their dreams. His involvement with the Marlins is the perfect match.
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The Marlins have been one of the more youthful teams in the past year with some incredible talent. Derek Jeter started out on young teams as well and helped lead them to five World Series championships.
Not bad for a kid who was reaching for a seemingly-impossible dream.
While Jeter is by no means a full owner of the squad, he still has experience with some of the greatest owners in the history of sports. His experience with the Steinbrenners provided him with a personal look at the true workings of a victorious team.
And those workings run from the inside out. Thankfully, the Marlins have an experienced athlete and baseball professional at the helm.
This is a man who didn’t have one blemish on his record during his time in New York. He personified himself as the classic, humble athlete who was also the perfect teammate.
And that’s who will be the new partial owner of the Marlins.
They got pretty lucky on that front. And anyone else owning the Marlins would be considered a disappointment.
This is a player who has known the trials and tribulations of being a young and talented player in the spotlight. The Marlins are that quintessential young team that has potential to grow. Derek Jeter is the perfect man to lead that team into battle because he knows what that’s like.
Jeter knows what it’s like to be counted out early in his career. He struggled in the minor leagues before breaking out with the Yankees in 1996. He has the fire and the “never give up” attitude to inspire the next generation of All-Stars that the Marlins are developing.
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The Marlins already have Don Mattingly as their manager. Now they have Derek Jeter as a partial owner. They’ve got that winning New York attitude down South and they’re ready to make things happen.
Who knows? This ownership could start a new dynasty. You know Jeter is going to remain involved in the sport and you know he’ll do everything in his power to promote a winning attitude.
And knowing Jeter, it will work.
Jeter has caught some big fish in his career but this catch of the Miami Marlins might just be the biggest and most important move for both him and the Marlins.