The manager executive of the Miami Marlins has essentially the most postseason trip of any individual in baseball history. For Derek Jeter, all of it came in his first act, as shortstop for the Yankees — 158 games within the caldron of the playoffs and World Sequence.
Now comes No. 159, on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field in Chicago, where Jeter will watch his Marlins face the Cubs within the opener of their easiest-of-three playoff series. He may perchance well well also no longer be in uniform, so he’ll be troubled.
“It’s fully various, since you have not got any shield an eye fixed on whatsoever,” Jeter acknowledged by cellphone on Sunday, earlier than the Marlins beat the Yankees to construct 31-29, their first winning file in eleven years. “That you just may perchance more than doubtless’t seek the advice of with guys while they’re going by a game. Obviously, it’s appealing, because it’s a firm that we built and you’re pulling for guys to be winning. It’s frustrating. It’s all these emotions.”
It has been an eventful eight years since Jeter’s last day out to the postseason, which ended when he broke his ankle diving for a grounder within the 2012 American League Championship Sequence. He retired with a flourish in 2014, turned a husband, a father, a Hall of Famer — and, in tiresome 2017, a allotment owner of the Marlins, presiding over their baseball and industry operations.
As a player, Jeter modified into once eminently accessible yet intensely non-public, no longer continuously ever given to introspection. Doubtlessly the predominant exception modified into once his postcareer ambition: He talked overtly about his dream of owning a group, and he didn’t wish to motivate long. Whereas Bruce Sherman is the Marlins’ predominant owner, Jeter, forty six, has recast the Marlins in his image, weathering two years as the worst group within the National League to develop into the very no longer going entrant into baseball’s Sixteen-group playoff field.
“The approach that I’ve talked to our avid gamers about since Day 1, the first spring practising in 2018, modified into once, ‘Listen: Each pitch, each at-bat, each inning, each single game counts — and whilst you remove that approach, there’s no added stress,’” Jeter acknowledged. “You acquire to the postseason, it’s the an analogous game that you just performed in spring practising. That’s the approach we remove, and I bear it’s a gracious reasons why our community’s been in a position to leap abet from plenty this year.”
After their opening series in tiresome July, the Marlins skipped over per week attributable to a virus of 20 obvious Covid-19 instances. Utterly five avid gamers had been energetic for all 60 games, and the group made a staggering 174 roster strikes in all. It modified into once a low-key triumph of front set up of business hustle, and after the Marlins clinched a playoff berth on Friday, Jeter spent the evening calling scouts and baseball operations staffers to thank them, as Peter Gammons reported on Twitter.
“Constructing a immense group — on the sphere, within the front set up of business, it’s mute the an analogous thing,” Jeter acknowledged. “That you just may perchance well wish to realize what you’re correct form at and where you’d like help. I’ve continuously been very correct form at exciting what I don’t know.”
All these years with the Yankees, Jeter modified into once being attentive. The Marlins’ front set up of business, coaching and scouting staffs are loaded with these which have sturdy ties to the Yankees. The Marlins don’t have any longer continuously ever spent just like the Yankees, and when they’ve — critically in 1997, when they obtained their first World Sequence, and in 2012, when they opened Marlins Park — they quick reversed route. Jeter hopes for bigger than fleeting success.
“It’s no longer like we’re attempting to run winning one time,” he acknowledged. “All of us know how hard it’s to utilize. We would like to have a firm that, year in and year out, we have an opportunity to compete for a championship.”
Alternative has continuously been a telling be aware for Jeter. Joe Torre, his supervisor for 12 years with the Yankees, spoke veritably of how Jeter reacted when the group cleared a beginning blueprint for him in 1996: Jeter acknowledged easiest that he had the opportunity to utilize the job. He modified into once no longer entitled to it.
Three years ago, as a rookie executive with the Marlins, Jeter acknowledged worthy the an analogous thing. He didn’t build a question to fans to believe him, because they didn’t know him. He modified into once careful with his guarantees and pledged to alter his manner of thinking to suit his new role.
“Have to you’re taking half in, you’re competing for that particular year,” Jeter acknowledged. “Have to you’re on this set up, you’re taking half in for this year, next year, three years, five years down the toll road. So you’ve got to have a definite quantity of patience — but I don’t have alternative it. I attempted, but I don’t have any.”
Then he reconsidered.
“Tackle on one sec, I’ll articulate you one thing — I even have more patience with avid gamers than most, because I realize how hard it’s to play this game,” Jeter acknowledged. “I realize that avid gamers are going to battle, and relatively frankly I are in search of to peek avid gamers when they battle, because all americans’s going to construct it. It’s smartly marvelous a subject of seeing the manner you’re going to leap abet.”
The Marlins have acquired various bright possibilities by trades, veritably banking more on instruments than song recordsdata. Some have indeed struggled of their first form of the majors: Infielder Jazz Chisholm modified into once 9 for 56 this season, and outfielder Monte Harrison modified into once eight for forty seven.
Sixto Sanchez accomplished poorly but seemed dominant in his first five pitching starts, with a 1.sixty 9 earned mosey practical. The Marlins shield an eye fixed on Sanchez for six more seasons, while the player they traded for him, catcher J.T. Realmuto, will doubtless be a free agent this frigid climate after two seasons with Philadelphia.
The Marlins’ depth in younger pitching, Jeter acknowledged, gave him hope that the group would contend. Combine that with an opportunistic offense that ranked second to San Diego in stolen bases, and the Marlins have the form of roster Jeter envisioned for Supervisor Don Mattingly, who predated Jeter with the Marlins after first managing the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“Speaking with Donnie over the last couple of years, I knowledgeable him the form of group I wish to scheme,” Jeter acknowledged. “I wish to scheme a group with pitching, I wish to scheme a group with athletes, I wish to scheme a group that’s aggressive, bunting, hit-and-mosey, stealing, and Donnie’s on board with it. He loves it, and you look that with our community now. We play aggressively. Yeah, we produce mistakes, but aggressive mistakes are fair.”
Mattingly and Jeter had been the last two captains of the Yankees, and neither performed any place else. However the Yankees handed on Mattingly as a successor to Torre, and the Steinbrenners have by no approach build the group up on the market.
Mattingly and Jeter, then, are like so many varied Original Yorkers who moved to South Florida for opportunity and reinvention.
“Of us will advise, ‘What are you, a Yankee or a Marlin?’” Jeter acknowledged. “Successfully, peek, I’ll continuously be a Yankee. My whole taking half in profession modified into once in Original York. You’d by no approach wish to alternate that. I even have relatively a special relationship with the Steinbrenner household and the fans in Original York. However now we’re building a firm down here in Miami, which doesn’t suggest that you just may perchance well even just wish to take one or the a lot of.”
With the Yankees also within the playoffs, despite the indisputable truth that, there’s an opportunity that would alternate by tiresome October.