Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter will have to wait for his Coopertown celebration until 2021.
Derek Jeter may be a Hall of Famer, but his induction into Cooperstown won’t happen until 2021. The Miami Marlins CEO and co-owner will have to wait a year due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic that has temporarily shut down Major League Baseball until further notice.
"Per Randy Miller of NJ.com, “Yankees great Derek Jeter and the rest of 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame class are expected to get word soon that this year’s ceremony, scheduled for July 26, will be pushed back until 2021.”"
Jeter, who took over as the Miami Marlins CEO after the 2017 season was a near-unanimous decision for the hallowed fraternity. He and Larry Walker were both voted into the fraternity. Jeter’s popularity and the fact he is one of the all-time Yankees greats could mean a huge gathering for the event. As Miller wrote, it is expected the record of 82,000 fans to see Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn honored could be shattered.
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Safety is the main focus of moving back the ceremony due to the pandemic that is still ravaging the world and nationally. MLB is still deciding when to play as there have been many suggestions on how to get some semblance of the 2020 season in the books this year while making sure everyone involved in the process is kept safe and from harm.
Jeter has been the driving force behind the changes in South Florida with the Marlins organization. From the moment he took over the day-to-day operations of the baseball club, he has made decisions that are finally proving to be successful. Whether it was a restructuring of the organization from top to bottom or the decision that several star players were sent off for minor-league prospects or the reconstruction of Marlins Park that is more user-friendly for fans, he has had his fingerprints on every change of this baseball team.
This season, the third in the “reconstruction“ of the franchise that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2003 and has not had a winning season since 2009, appears to be ready to make a move forward. The Marlins have been perennial cellar-dwellers the past two years, winning 64 games in 2018 and then 57 just last season.
Jeter’s “blueprint” could change all of that.
In 20 seasons with the Yankees, the “Captain” was a career .310 hitter with 3,465 hits, 1,923 runs 260 home runs, and 1,311 RBI. Amongst his other accolades, he was a 14-time All-Star, a five-time World Series champion, and World Series MVP in 2000. Jeter was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1996 and was a five-time Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award winner.