Stanton had hoped the Marlins would add to their pitching staff, which has never recovered from Jose Fernandez’s fatal boating accident in September 2016. Instead, Jeter and the Marlins’ new principal owner, Bruce Sherman, directed a teardown after completing their $1.2 billion purchase from Jeffrey Loria (Jeter is said to have a 4 percent stake in the club).
Naturally, Stanton is thrilled to be gone, after enduring eight losing seasons in Miami and playing before the smallest crowds in the National League nearly every season. But the fans are stuck.
“They’re hurting,” Stanton said here on Monday, after slipping on his Yankees jersey. “They’re going to go through some more tough years, but I would advise them not to give up. Just keep hope. Maybe watch from afar, if you’re going to watch.”
Jeter could not be bothered to attend the winter meetings in Orlando, despite their proximity to Miami and the chance to meet fellow executives and learn more about the business side of the industry. After trading his franchise’s centerpiece on Monday, Jeter took in the Miami Dolphins’ game from a box at Hard Rock Stadium. ESPN showed him during the second half.