The biggest baseball news of the day from Jupiter, Florida might not have anything to do with the ongoing CBA negotiations. On Monday, Hall-of-Famer Derek Jeter announced that he’s “ending” his relationship with the Miami Marlins franchise. Until today, Jeter had served as the team’s CEO and was also a shareholder.
Jeter leaving the Marlins generated plenty of reactions from current MLB players, including Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner.
the money to try and win. Derek Jeter is a winner and if you ask him to lose he’s going to step away. Thanks for your continued years of leadership and everything you’ve done for our game DJ
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) February 28, 2022
Turner’s take is based on Jeter stating that the “vision” for the franchise has altered from the one that first lured him to the Marlins organization.
Heard Jeter believed going into the lockout that there would be another $10M-$15M that the Marlins would spend on the 2022 roster, and that strategy evaporated during the lockout. It was central to Jeter’s decsion to leave as CEO.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 28, 2022
The integrity of competition has been front and center during the bargaining sessions between MLB and the MLBPA. Jeter’s departure from the Marlins is a horrible look if it was indeed because principal owner Bruce Sherman was unwilling to invest additional capital into the Marlins roster.
Justin Turner stated in January that players are fed up with owners intentionally fielding non-competitive teams.
“At the end of the day, we just want competition. We want 30 teams that go out and try to win a championship. Hopefully, we’re making some progress in that department.”
Jeter leaving the Marlins provides a very high-profile example of a small market MLB owner intentionally not building the best major league roster possible.
The MLBPA shouldn’t have to explain their concerns over the competitive integrity of baseball to the league.
All the MLBPA needs to do is just point across the parking lot to Jeter’s now empty parking spot in front of the Marlins facility.
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