Legendary captain Derek Jeter has reportedly expressed interest in buying the Miami Marlins, a Major League Baseball team, an anonymous source told Fox Business.
The former New York Yankees captain is supposedly part of a team of prospective buyers that’s up against former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to buy the franchise. Jeter expressed interest in owning a Major League Baseball team an interview last May with CNBC’s Squawk Box.
“The thing that I’m interested in is making the game grow,” Jeter said. “I mean I think baseball is starting taking somewhat of a backseat to some of the other sports, and in my mind I think this is the greatest sport in the world. And I’m interested in helping the game grow.”
And the Marlins sure do need growth.
The Marlins were one of the worst teams in the league at one point, but they have been doing better in recent years. Recruitment of rookies such as Giancarlo Stanton has pushed the team back into the spotlight after the team’s 2003 World Series win. The team rebranded from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins in 2012. They also moved into a new stadium.
According to Forbes’ team evaluation, the Marlins are worth an estimated $675 million after factoring in operation cost and payroll.
Jeter left baseball in 2014 after nearly 20 years in with the Yankees. Shortly after his retirement he announced the launch of The Players’ Tribune, a website dedicated to giving athletes a platform to express themselves.
“So I’m in the process of building a place where athletes have the tools they need to share what they really think and feel,” he said on a post on the site. “We want to have a way to connect directly with our fans, with no filter.”
The 42-year-old retiree is also working on an anti-bullying campaign as well as his Turn 2 Foundation, a program to keep children away from drugs and alcohol. The former shortstop is about to embark on fatherhood with his wife, Hannah.