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Jeter, Legendary Yankees Shortstop, Has First Day as Marlins Owner

The retired shortstop, who won five World Series rings in a storied career with the Yankees, will try to bring Miami a ring – or several.

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter, the retired Yankees shortstop and future Hall-of-Famer, moved into a new ballpark on Tuesday: the front office of the Miami Marlins baseball franchise.

The Marlins tweeted on Tuesday morning: “A new era begins.”

Jeter is “part of the Marlins’ new ownership group,” according to MLB.com. In a letter to Marlins fans, he promised not to “make any predictions,” but rather to:

  • “[D]evelop a winning culture”
  • “[C]elebrate the culture and diversity of this community”
  • And “believe in the Marlins’ organization”

Jeter will try to return Miami to the glory that won the 25-year-old franchise two World Series titles in its early years: one in 1997, and another in 2003 – against Jeter’s Yankees.

Jeter may be the man to do it. He won five World Series rings in 20 seasons with the Yankees (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009). Across 33 playoff series, including seven World Series, Jeter had a career .308 batting average in the playoffs, with 20 home runs, 61 RBIs, and 111 runs scored.

At one point, Jeter was teaming up with failed presidential candidate Jeb Bush in his bid to buy the Marlins. Bush, however, dropped out of the battle in August.