MIAMI — Reacting to the Giancarlo Stanton trade, a Miami Marlins supporter who is a priest suggested in church that fans boycott the team’s games in protest.
Does Derek Jeter have a prayer?
Always a winner as captain of the New York Yankees, Jeter is trying to revive the downtrodden Marlins, and so far, he appears out of his league as a CEO.
Barely two months into the job, he has been faulted for his handling of the Stanton deal, and that’s not all. Critics contend Jeter is to blame for clumsy firings, delegating too much and hanging in the background rather than accepting his role as the face and voice of the franchise.
“It’s definitely different,” former Mets general manager Steve Phillips said. “As a player, everyone had respect for Derek Jeter and kind of treated him with kid gloves. The new role has created a different role for him. We never saw Derek Jeter beat up like this in New York.”
Part of the issue is that Jeter has taken on a task that might be impossible: trying to make baseball succeed in South Florida. The Marlins’ miserable record and attendance year after year has raised doubts about whether the sport belongs in the Sunshine State .
Founding owner Wayne Huizenga drew boos at the ballpark despite the Marlins winning a World Series title in 1997. Jeffrey Loria, who sold the team to Jeter’s group, became wildly unpopular even after his Marlins made a run to another Series championship in 2003.