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Did Jeter Make A Wrong Right?

Back in September, Derek Jeter, then not yet officially the Marlins owner, had outgoing team president David Samson fire Marlins special assistants Jeff Conine, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez and Jack McKeon. People in the baseball world and “regular joe” fans alike did not look at those moves as positive ones for the organization, nor did they like the idea of having the guy who you let go do the same to beloved Marlins who to the fans were almost like family members.
Jeter later claimed that the whole thing was nothing more than a big misunderstanding. Not only did he say that, but he did offer Conine and the other their jobs back, just not in the same capacity as they enjoyed before the Jeter lead group took over. Conine, known as “Mr. Marlin,” has rejected the offer,reports the Miami Herald. Here was Conine’s reaction
“To say I’m disappointed, that I won’t have a role in this organization, yeah, I’m disappointed . . . I spent 7 1/2 years as a player and the last nine years as someone working with the organization. I’ve always considered myself a Marlin. I’m a member of this community. I want to see them win again. I want to see them get back to the World Series and the playoffs.”
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But, before we all go crazy and again bash Jeter and the Marlins, the article notes that Conine previously had input in baseball decisions, sitting in on meetings about trades and signings and stuff. He was also in uniform before games, serving as something of a pregame coach, even though he was not formally on the coaching staff. Jeter, had a different role in mind for Conine, one with a reduced role. He wanted Conine to be in uniform at spring training only plus he was no longer involved in baseball operations discussions. His new role was going to be serving instead as a team ambassador. But, with a reduced role and reduced duties comes a reduced salary. His pay would be cut from $100,000 a year to $50,000 a year.
Jeter owns the team now. And no matter if Conine is a great guy, or “Mr. Marlin” if he wanted to make sure that he still had a say in the day to day operations of the club, then he should have ponied up some of the $37.6 Million that he earned in his playing days (not counting what he has made being “Mr. Marlin” from the Marlins) and joined in Jeter’s ownership group. I understand that he lives in Miami, that he played for and is passionate about the club, but he received a fair offer from the new Marlins, and he turned it down. End of story.
Now, initially Jeter handled the situation wrong. And, I would bank truth be told, he probably did not want Conine with the team. But, he realized his mistake and tried to make it right with a reduced role, and a reduced salary. I don’t have a problem with the way Jeter handled round 2. Let’s see if there is a round 3.

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