Since taking over as the Chief Executive Officer and part-owner of the Miami Marlins, Derek Jeter has helped make a lot of changes to the organization.
The Marlins had a fire-sale this offseason, as they have traded away the likes of Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon. Along with a revamping of the roster, Jeter and company have parted ways with most of the front office executives from the old regime.
Jeter has taken a lot of criticism for how he’s handled the job, especially with the Miami fanbase. Although there are a lot of people unhappy with how he’s operated so far, one of Jeter’s long-time Yankees teammates made sure to defend him.
Jorge Posada spoke out in an interview with the New York Daily News. The former backstop believes that Jeter is doing everything in his power to turn the Marlins franchise around.
“He’s getting very bad publicity, but he’s trying to do everything he can to make that team better. Criticism is tough to see, because he’s trying to do everything he can to make the organization a winning organization. I see some frustrated fans. But they’ve got to understand that it’s a process.”
Posada knows that success doesn’t just happen overnight, but believes that Jeter will ultimately prove all of his critics wrong.
“It’s got to take time — the Astros did it, Chicago (Cubs) did it. I think it’s just people frustrated to see their players go. Just got to wait a little bit. I think (Jeter) likes to prove people wrong. He’s up to a challenge. He loves challenges. This is another challenge in his life.”
When asked if he would consider working for Jeter with the Marlins, Posada said that he would definitely consider it. However, Posada would prefer to work near home, as he enjoys being near his family.
Posada will always have Jeter’s back, as he proved by his statements in his recent interview. Although many people are doubting Jeter, Posada still has faith that his former teammate and close friend is the right man to turn the Marlins organization around.