Hal on Jeter rejoining the Yankees in some capacity: “He will … I have no doubt”

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Derek got slimed by Nickelodeon recently. (Kevin Winter/Getty)
Derek got slimed by Nickelodeon recently. (Kevin Winter/Getty)

Aside from the occasional photo globetrotting with his girlfriend, Derek Jeter has managed to keep a low profile since retiring last season. Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be. Jeter perfected the art of keeping a low profile despite being a megastar in New York.

During a recent interview, Hal Steinbrenner told Marc Topkin he expects Jeter to one day rejoin the Yankees in some capacity. Not as a player, of course, but in some sort of ex-player role. Whatever it is Reggie Jackson does, for example. Here’s what Hal told Topkin:

“He will be (involved in some capacity), I have no doubt,” Hal Steinbrenner said. “He lives here in Tampa. . . . I think he’s just trying to relax for a year. God knows he earned it. It’s a good relationship and I have no doubt he’ll be involved in whatever way he wants to be involved.”

We all know Jeter wants to own a team one day — “That’s the next goal, buddy. Calling the shots, not answering to someone, that’s what interests me,” he said to reporters last summer — and hey, who can blame him? We all not so secretly want to own a team one day. It’s good work if you can get it.

Could the Yankees let Derek buy a piece of team? I suppose, but who really knows. Hal simply said Jeter would “be a great owner, no doubt about it,” when asked. Either way, I’m certain Jeter has a job waiting for him with the Yankees whenever he’s ready to get back into baseball. It benefits both sides to keep the relationship going.

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Monday Night Open Thread
  • Sir Didi Nakamura

    Jeter for President.

  • Still Stucky

    Second base????

  • Frittoman626

    Eduardo Rodriguez with an “ace” like performance, curtesy of some Gold Glove defense from Hanley. This is fun to watch lol.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Another Red Sox pitching prospect with no out pitch. Barnes, Ranaudo, De La Rosa, Webster, so on and so on.

  • Dos Luises

    I’m thinking about the math here. Let’s say Jeter is worth $250 million. What percentage could he invest in the Yanks ? Let’s say 25%. That’s $62.5 million. Team is valued at $3.2 billion. So maybe he can buy less than 2%. I think he’d buy a smaller team, lead a group of investors and have more autonomy.

    • Some Asshole

      Probably a bit higher since one would think Jeter could access credit easily, but he will do whatever he wants to do.

  • Gregory Eckes

    Yankees fielding coach. Teach Headley how to complete basic plays.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He’s had no problem for almost two months now.

      • Gregory Eckes

        Good point.

  • Still Stucky

    So what would Boston want in a package for Pedroia?

    • Gregory Eckes

      That would show their fans a thing or two

  • Pkyankfan69

    After the Sux get swept tonight in the night cap they will be 10 out in the loss column.

    Wow they suck.

    • Gregory Eckes

      This will stop any talk for trading for Cueto.

  • Farewell Mo and Jeet

    I can’t see Jeter getting back into the day to day grind as a coach or front office guy but I could as an owner

    • Preston

      I don’t think he’ll get involved everyday. But I’d bet he’s a special instructor in ST sometime in the next few years.

  • Dellin Beteddardnces

    I think the Steinbrenners should sell majority ownership to Jete. He’d be a much better owner than penny pincher Hal. Jeter would bring back the swagger of The Boss and get us back to winning the WS every year like in the late 90’s. And Alex can be co-owner/hitting coach/player.

    • Pkyankfan69

      Sounds good… You want to loan Jete the $1.5 Billion or so he would need to buy that majority share?

    • Rick

      The last sentence is the real key, however.

    • cashmoney

      great player don’t always make great coaches, owners… I am not sure what kind of owner Derek will be if he ever will be one.

    • Still Stucky

      Has this entire forum devolved into 4 or 5 posters doing schtick?

      • Dellin Beteddardnces

        No schtick. A fellow poster said just earlier today that I was “well informed”

        • Still Stucky

          He was likely doing schtick.

          I hope your post is schtick, or you’re 12.

          The alternative is troublesome and unfortunate it dominates a venue where certainly contentious and repetitive, but earnest conversations took place.

          • Rick

            It’s Eddard. He’s complicated, but he’s ours.

            • RetroRob

              He was here long before the other crazies. He’s grandfathered in.

      • Rick

        It does seem that a lot of it has. Or people just complaining and making ridiculous, unsubstantiated comments where the opposite conclusion is easily reached when they take two seconds to read.

      • https://youtu.be/alYXF7a9N3U Memory Bread

        Pretty much

      • The Original Drew

        Hey! My Chewbacca video was gold this morning! Gold I tell ya! But I’m assuming you mean the trolling schtick, which I couldn’t agree more.

      • Some Asshole

        I’m just an asshole, so I tend to schtick it where the sun don’t shine.

      • Deep Thoughts

        That, and the Sons of Alan Horne.

    • ACX

      Penny pinching? At the same time complaining about the ridiculous contracts we are saddled with, we also complain about penny pinching? It cannot be both.

  • RetroRob

    Jeter has said he wants to be involved in ownership. Are the Yankees going to sell a portion of the team to him? Don’t see that happening. He’s wealthy, but he’s not Steinbrenner wealthy. Even a smaller piece, he’d be a minority owner in a family-run business. Not a good situation.

    • BearNJ

      Why would they sell even a small part to Jeter? Hal’s being nice. Its not happening.

      • RetroRob

        Exactly. The Yankees are valued at over more than $3 billion. I suspect if they ever went up for sale they’d go for over $4 billion. Maybe more. Any percentage they sell from their ownership percentage could end up being under market. Are the Yankees 100% owned by the Steinbrenners now? I suppose if minority owners exist, Jeter could buy one of those shares, but he’s certainly not going to be given anything. The issue Jeter will face is he’s not wealthy enough to buy any team on his own. He could be part of an ownership group, similar to what Nolan Ryan did and Magic Johnson, but as a minority owner he’ll still be answering to others. I believe he’s sincere, but more curious how it will play out. If he ends up as part of an ownership group of another MLB team, his relationship with the Yankees will end just as Mattingly’s ended when he went to the Dodgers.

        • Rick

          I think Hal and Hank own 51% of the team

        • Farewell Mo and Jeet

          Other than Michael Jordan, what former player has ever been majority owner of a sports franchise? Owning a team is a whole different level of wealth compared to even what the highest paid players can accrue.

          • Rick

            Now it is. Jordan came in at the perfect time in terms of salary and opportunity cost of buying a franchise. Jeter, if he invested his money properly, could probably get in significantly with a team like the Rays.
            You look at a guy like Magic Johnson, he’s made immensely more money through his Starbucks stores than he ever did as a player.

            • Farewell Mo and Jeet

              Magic is reportedly worth $500 million, Jeter $185 million, Jordan $1 Billion.
              Roger Staubach is worth $600 million from his commercial real estate company
              Jeter it seems has a long way to go

              • Rick

                Right now, sure. But those are just estimates and who knows what he’s invested that could blow up and turn that $185 into $1B in relatively short order. Overall though, I completely agree with you. It’s much more difficult now than it was for a guy like Jordan to get involved in ownership. Jordan bought the Cats, err Hornets, for a price in the low hundreds of millions.

                • Farewell Mo and Jeet

                  Yep. I believe a great deal of the billion Jordan’s worth came in the form of appreciation of the Hornets after he bought them. The $100 million per year he reportedly receives from Nike probably helps a bit too.

                  • RetroRob

                    It would help me.

              • RetroRob

                I wouldn’t put much faith in those numbers, especially as they relate to Jeter. I’m sure he has a lot of money, but I’m also sure he’s a long way from having the money required to buy a team. The only way I see it happening is as a minority investor, but face of the organization situation. He’ll still be answering to someone.

                • Rick

                  I completely agree. Also found this article you may find interesting. As of 2010, it seems as if the Steinbrenners owned 70% of the Yanks … http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/16/sports/baseball/16partners.html?_r=0

                • Farewell Mo and Jeet

                  No one except their accountants know the real numbers but it’s the best we have to go on.
                  I think pretty much all of these former players interested in owning teams would end up as you mentioned as minority owner as the face of a group like Magic with the Dodgers.

            • RetroRob

              Just wait until the Mets go up for sale and Jeter is part of the ownership group and becomes the face of the Mets.

    • Farewell Mo and Jeet

      Jeter’s best bet would be to get rid of Hannah Davis and marry Haley Swindal

  • ACX

    Jeter would buy the Rays one day. He lives down there; it would make sense for him and the franchise.

    • MTU

      Only if he can move the Franchise.

      • RetroRob

        …to Brooklyn.

        • Some Asshole

          Oh, how we will loathe the Yankees facing Hipsters ace Chris Archer.

      • ACX

        At the very least, a new stadium in Tampa and not St. Pete.

  • kurt wright

    Remember that even when George Bought the Yankees he put together a group of investors. Jeter could do that as Magic Johnson did…and we should all hope it happens. I have followed the Yankees for 45 years and despite being in first I have never been so disillusioned with Yankee ownership and management. I was prepared to give Cash credit if he was really going to follow through (as it appeared) and give Ref a true full shot to win the job from 2 completely underwhelming players (to put it mildly) but once again I was fooled. I now believe the Yankees have no commitment to young players from our system. It is very depressing to realize this for the many of us that closely follow our minor leaguers. The best part of the late nineties team was our home grown talent…Jeter, Bernie, Mo, Posada, Pettite. I have zero confidence now after this latest demotion of Refsnyder after a couple of hitless games at Yankee Stadium. And one thing we know: Cashman and Hal do not care one whit what Yankee fans think about this ridiculous move.

    • ACX

      I disagree about the commitment to young guys. I will agree they seem content not really letting RR prove himself. I doubt that happens with Judge though.

    • Some Asshole

      So after 45 years, Refsnyder is what got you to the tipping point with the Yankees.

      http://i392.photobucket.com/albums/pp5/sciafb/calling-bullshit.gif

    • Still Stucky

      You closely follow minor leaguers you say? Whom did the Yankees not give a chance that in retrospect proved them wrong?

    • The Original Drew

      When the Yankees develop 2 HOF and 3 Boarderline HOF again that’s when you’ll see them build a core around them. That happens ALL the time right? Totally not a once in a lifetime event.

      • kurt wright

        and I’m not suggesting that …but the point still holds. It is time to start developing a new core of players fro our own system…of course they wont be Jeter etc but that doesn’t matter. But if we continue to treat players like we did with Ref and keep signing players like Beltran that only block young players from advancing, then it aint gonna happen.

        • ACX

          I think you are going to start to see it over the next two years. Led by Betances and Judge, and hopefully, Sanchez, Bird, Severino and Co. For the first time in years, the potential is there. (a core, not necessarily 5 HOFs)

          • kurt wright

            I agree and hope you are right but I am not sure of Cashman’s commitment….We will see. I hope you are right and I am wrong because the players you mentioned are exiting to imagine

            • ACX

              And from a business perspective, fans want to come watch those guys.
              No one ever said, I have to get my ticket today to go see Stephen Drew go 0-4 with 3Ks.

              • kurt wright

                Exactly!!! You just nailed it!

                • ACX

                  What made watching the Fab 5 exciting to see (besides winning), was that we watched them develop and grow before our eyes. Yes I love watching Paulie and Brosius, but the reason we remember Jeter, Bernie, Posada, Pettitte and Mo over the others is because they are system guys…..

                  • kurt wright

                    again..hit the nail on the head. loved the supporting cast but it is always more fun watching our own players

                  • Still Stucky

                    Yankees attendance peaked in 2005-2008.

                    • kurt wright

                      further making the point. thank you

                    • ACX

                      To be fair, so did overall MLB attendance. So there may have been other factors at play. And since I am trying to be impartial, some of that spike is definitely A-Rod.

                    • kurt wright

                      but we were first…we were drawing 4 million fans per year

                    • Still Stucky

                      Fair enough, but peak NYY attendance was a slow build and occured even AFTER the 3-peat. It did not immediatlely spike despite the emergence of the core 4 into viable starts nearly upon their debuts.

              • Still Stucky

                No, they don’t.

                • ACX

                  No the Yankees fans don’t want to see Judge and the others?

                • kurt wright

                  yes they do.

                  • Still Stucky

                    You’re basing this conclusion off of what?

                    • kurt wright

                      That MOST Yankee fans would rather watch and root for players from pour own farm system than retreads like Drew?!!! Are you kidding?

                    • Still Stucky

                      Again, with the hyperbole…. why can’t you make your point without citing the boogeyman Stephen Drew? The premise was it’s good for business. Show me evidence of that rather than retorting with intuitive assumptions.

                    • ACX

                      I don’t really have access to the books, or market research because we don’t often get big prospects getting regular playing time. But since my part of my day job deals with using Social Media for marketing, i think you will find by doing the analytics, people will at least say this is the case when asked.

                    • ACX

                      I am making my judgment (i can’t speak for others), based on blogs, social media, radio, etc….

                      Again, for me, this is just my own opinion, but i am confident in saying more fans than not would rather see the kids vs the Drews and the Roberts, etc…

                    • Still Stucky

                      Social media is a distorted view. Its a form dominated by loud zealots, who do NOT drive any business the size and scope of MLB.

                    • ACX

                      Yeah thats not really true.
                      There is a real market research component if you know how to use it correctly.
                      Again, not just RAB bloggers, but reporters, writers, where the conversation gets most traffic, most retweets, etc….
                      Thats how companies are judging potential business in 2015.

                    • Still Stucky

                      You don’t have to tell me, I’m well versed.

                      You seem intelligent. Tell me you really have any more evidence other than a projection of what you want to see and an assumption such an approach will drive attendance and ratings.

                      No organizational philosophy will mean anything in terms of gate and ratings independent of winning, which the Yankees are well aware of not fans.

                    • kurt wright

                      and you are right…it’s called common sense, not rocket science

              • kurt wright

                Whether Refsnyder ever becomes a star or a good player in the majors even who knows…but Most Yankee fans were really excited to see Refsnyder get the shot (we thought) it was so much more interesting than watching Drew…now we are right back to that.

                • Still Stucky

                  If you think Refsynder moved the attendence or ratings needle, you have bad information.

                  • kurt wright

                    fans were excited, trust me. check out the article about how twitter went wild with people pissed off about it (his abrupt demotion). No one is claiming he immediately moved the needle on attendance or ratings.

        • Still Stucky

          There is a legitimate discussion to have about all this but you like so many others muddle it up with hyperbole and a lack of reason.

          First of all, Beltran hasn’t blocked anyone, what happens in 2016 is speculative.

          And he was signed before Aaron Judge made his professional debut. Are you arguing they should have thought of keeping RF warm in 2016 for a player without a pro AB yet?

          That sort of stuff just undermines what could be an interesting discussion.

          • ACX

            From my perspective, I agree Beltran isn’t blocking Judge, yet…. I also feel that if Judge is ready, they will move Beltran to the bench (when the time comes). I think this time it is different than before. We haven’t had this caliber of prospect this close in a long time (at several spots)…..

        • Preston

          “Continue to treat players like we did with Ref”
          All of the players you’re talking about were forced to earn their jobs from veterans. They were all up and down from the minors before sticking in the majors.
          Tony Fernandez was signed despite the presence of Jeter.
          Bernie Williams was up and down several times and ended up spending 223 games in AAA before getting to play full time in the OF.
          Jorge Posada was up and down spending 306 games in AAA and forced to compete with Joe Girardi for playing time.
          Mariano Rivera was shuffled between the bullpen and rotation in his first year up.
          Robinson Cano only got the starting job due to an injury to Tony Womack.
          Brett Gardner had to compete with Mekly Cabrera for playing time his first few seasons.
          Teams without resources often hand jobs over to young players cross their fingers and hope for the best, they do this because it’s cheap. The Yankees have never done this. They will never do it. And it’s not a bad thing. And if riding the shuttle for a year ruins Rob Refsnyer, it’s because he isn’t any good.

          • kurt wright

            your comparisons are faulty in that none of them were blocked by a player hitting a buck 75 for over 500 AB’S.

            • Preston

              Joe Girardi had a wRC+ of 72 (Drew has a 70) in 1997, Jorge Posada had crushed the ball the year before in AAA , and had a pretty good wRC+ of 105 as the back up catcher in 1997 and remained on the bench. The difference was their defense. Which is the difference now. But as a 2b only player, Refsnyder is not very useful on the bench.

              • kurt wright

                there comes a time when it is obvious to most that it is time for a change and when your 2nd baseman is hitting a whopping 176 over the course of two years it is time

                • Preston

                  BA isn’t the only measure of offense. Drew’s bad, but not as bad as his batting average would indicate. There will come a time to make a change. And that time will be when the Yankees think Refsnyder’s better. They saw an opportunity with Beltran and Ryan on the DL and two lefties coming to town to get him some back to back MLB starts. Now he’s going to go back down and work on getting better. He’ll get the job full time when they think he deserves it.

                • Still Stucky

                  There was a very real time here when it was obvious to most Teixeira was done.

                  The “common wisdom” of fans isn’t something I’d cite in support of my argument.

                  • kurt wright

                    Wow! You compare Tex, with the numbers he had in his career 40+ homers etc plus we all knew it was going to take some time for his recovery…therefore it made sense to stick with him…and you compare that to Drew!! YOU are a fan I wouldn’t listen to!

              • kurt wright

                there comes a time when it is obvious to most that it is time for a change and when your 2nd baseman is hitting a whopping 176 over the course of two years it is time

            • Preston

              Joe Girardi had a wRC+ of 72 (Drew has a 70) in 1997, Jorge Posada had crushed the ball the year before in AAA , and had a pretty good wRC+ of 105 as the back up catcher in 1997 and remained on the bench. The difference was their defense. Which is the difference now. But as a 2b only player, Refsnyder is not very useful on the bench.

          • Tom

            Did Woman get injured or did he not produce?

            • Preston

              Both, if I remember correctly he had a minor injury and Cano had a torrid start and when Womack came back he was moved to the OF. I Might be wrong.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You lived through the late 60’s and early 90’s, but this first-place team sending down a fringe prospect is pissing you off more. Makes complete and total sense.

      I don’t believe a goddamn word of what you’re saying. There’s a non-zero chance you are actually bigdan’s medically-assisted Ursula Andress boner commenting on its own.

    • mbovasso

      Hal Steinbrenners #1 mission is get the payroll below $189M and reset his luxury tax. The way to do that is committ tithe youth movement and staying with Refsnyder at 2nd base and continue developing the talent from the farm to the Bronx.

  • Farewell Mo and Jeet

    Nice line by the newest Red Sux ace today, Eduardo Rodriguez with 7 ER in 1.2 innings.

    • ACX

      Yeah i live in Boston and just yesterday there was an hour long discussion on NESN during the delay about how E-Rod is ready to take Lester’s place in the rotation. As Yankee fans, we definitely defend our prospects and youth, but I don’t think I ever heard anyone say, this guy is the next Jeter, Mo, Pettitte. Even the next Bernie. The overhype is out of control up here.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Where you been, brutha?

      • Farewell Mo and Jeet

        Busy as hell with work, chauffeuring kids around to their various sporting events, vacation, etc.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Good to see you back.

          • Farewell Mo and Jeet

            Thanks :)
            It’s great that things are going as well as could have been expected with the Yanks this year.

          • Farewell Mo and Jeet

            Thanks :)
            It’s great that things are going as well as could have been expected with the Yanks this year.

          • Farewell Mo and Jeet

            Wait till your little guy gets a little older. Travel sports is a unique experience to say the least

  • Deep Thoughts

    Hope he keeps setting a leadership example for Mo about how not to overexpose yourself the first couple years of retirement. Can’t miss ya if you’re always hanging around, buddy!

  • Tom

    Jeter could be a coach or scout.

    • Deep Thoughts

      He could also serve cotton candy but he won’t do that either.

    • ACX

      he said he would not…..
      Said owner or bust.

      • Tom

        He could teach hitters on how to go with the pitch instead of trying to pull all the time.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Not one of you suggested the most obvious opening for Derek Jeter. The one that’s always there for him, and will always be there.

    Batting second.

    Y’all suck.

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      Announcing his own name over the PA system, then sprinting down to the field to take his at-bat.

  • Farewell Mo and Jeet

    Nats scored 2 against Harvey. I guess that’s pretty much game over with their offense

  • Farewell Mo and Jeet

    Nats scored 2 against Harvey. I guess that’s pretty much game over with their offense

  • Tom

    Angel Stadium is one of the best “old” parks in the majors.

  • oldmanalex

    Technically AROD should be worth twice as much as Jeetz. I think Arod should buy the yankees and develop his own hand picked four core.

  • JLC 776

    Can he play second base?