Derek Jeter Separating from Miami Marlins, Effective Immediately (UPDATES)

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Derek Jeter Separating from Miami Marlins, Effective Immediately (UPDATES)

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The timing on this is so weird, given the state of the game, that it makes you wonder what the heck actually precipitated it.

In any case, here’s the big news:

Jeter, a Hall of Fame shortstop with the New York Yankees, has been a part-owner of the Miami Marlins for almost five years now, and served as CEO during that time. It’s not yet clear why this is happening and what the impact will be for the Marlins organizational structure, but it’s major news for so many reasons. Not just Jeter’s famous name, but he was also a rare minority owner in baseball’s not-at-all-diverse ownership class, and he led the search that hired the league’s first female GM in Kim Ng.

Ope, as I type, the statement comes out:

Philosophical differences, apparently, and it makes you wonder what actually happened. It doesn’t sound great for the rest of the Marlins’ ownership, to be honest (Jeter reportedly held a 4% stake). More to come, I expect.

UPDATE: The Marlins statement is not illuminating:

UPDATE 2: A neutral statement from Manfred as well:

The timing and immediacy of the departure – and the fact that the Marlins are notoriously one of those “small-market teams” I keep mentioning in these CBA negotiations – does make you wonder if Jeter decided he no longer wanted to be an “owner” of the Marlins.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.