Derek Jeter-led Marlins parted ways with scout while he was in hospital after undergoing cancer surgery

The Miami Marlins let go of a longtime scout in need of a kidney transplant as he lay in the hospital days after undergoing colon cancer surgery, the latest in a series of questionable decisions made by the organization under the stewardship of newly installed CEO Derek Jeter.

Marty Scott, who joined the Marlins as a vice president in 2011 and in recent years had worked as a scout, said he was told his contract would not be renewed Oct. 16 while at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida, where doctors three days earlier had removed a cancerous tumor and polyps from his colon. Doctors initially found the cancer in late August as Scott underwent a battery of tests in preparation for a kidney transplant needed because of diabetes.

Over a four-decade career in the game, the 64-year-old Scott had worked as a scout, farm director and manager, among other jobs. He hoped to return to the Marlins under the management of Jeter, the former New York Yankees star who in his first two months as CEO offered reduced roles to four popular front-office figures, fired multiple top baseball-operations officials, dangled reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton on the trade market, vowed to slash the team’s payroll and solicited money from outside investors to stabilize the Marlins’ finances.

“Derek Jeter doesn’t owe me anything,” Scott told Yahoo Sports. “Probably in their hearts they did what they thought was right. I know based on certain aspects of the game, I probably was making too much money. But we all love the game. We’re all in it together. I just think 40 years was worth more than a spank on the butt and see you later.

“I’m very hurt. Forty years in baseball, I let a lot of people go. I never, ever fired somebody 10 days, 15 days before their contract was up. If I knew I was going to fire somebody, I did it at the beginning of September.”

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Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees poses for this photograph prior to a Major League Baseball game circa 1992. Jeter has played for the New York Yankees from 1995-2014. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter. (Linda Cataffo, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
New York Yankees vs Minnesota Twins. Twins #4 Paul Molitor is forced out at 2nd base on #40 Mart Cordova' single as Yanks # 2 Derek Jeter covers. Baseball. (Gerald Herbert, NY Daily News via Getty)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (R) tags out Baltimore Orioles Mike Devereaux (L) between third and home after Devereaux left third early on a grounder by the Orioles Billy Ripken in the second inning in Baltimore, 13 July. New York went on to win, 3-2. (Ted Mathias, AFP/Getty)
New York Yankees Chuck Knoblauch (left) and Derek Jeter at spring training camp in Florida. (Linda Cataffo, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter at spring training. (Linda Cataffo, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter takes time to sign autographs before a game against the Oakland Athletics 05 August in Oakland, CA. The Athletics defeated the Yankees, 3-1. (John G. Mabanglo, AFP/Getty)
American League All-Star Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees looks on during the 1998 All-Star Game at Coors Field on July 6, 1998 in Denver, Colorado. (Rich Pilling, MLB Photos via Getty)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (R) forces Detroit Tigers player Trey Beamon (L) out at second, then throws to first in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 13-2 win over the Tigers 22 July. Bobby Higginson, who grounded to Yankees second baseman Chuck Knoblauch to start the play, was safe at first. (Henry Ray Abrams, AFP/Getty)
Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees celebrates following Game Four of the World Series against the San Diego Padres on October 21, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Sporting News via Getty)
Yankees' Derek Jeter in the dugout during game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. (Linda Cataffo, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
Yankees player Derek Jeter, the second batter of the game, watches the flight of his home run, which followed a leadoff homer for Chuck Knoblauch. It was the first time since 1955 that the Yankees had led off a game with consecutive home runs. The Boston Red Sox hosted the New York Yankees in a game at Fenway Park. (John Bohn, The Boston Globe via Getty)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter at the All Star Cafe to host a fundraiser for his charity. (Ken Murray, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
Scott Brosius (left), Tino Martinez (center) and Derek Jeter celebrate after the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics, 4-0, in Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Network Associates Coliseum. (Linda Cataffo, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees poses on April 1, 2000 at The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. (Ronald C. Modra, Sports Imagery/Getty)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter brandishes his bat outside the batting cage before a spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla. (Linda Cataffo, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
Nomar Garciaparra #5 of the Boston Red Sox, Alex Rodriguez #3 of the Seattle Mariners and Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees pose for a photo before the 71st MLB All-Star Game at Turner Field on Tuesday, July 11, 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Rich Pilling, MLB Photos via Getty)
New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre(R) has champagne pour over his head by Derek Jeter(L) after the Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-5 in Game 5 of the American League 2000 Division Series in Oakland, CA 08 October, 2000. The Yankees now advance to the American League Championship series against the Seattle Mariners. (John Mabanglo, AFP/Getty)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, wearing an ice pack on his shoulder, is congratulated in the locker room by principal owner George Steinbrenner after the Yanks' 5-3 win over the Oakland Athletics in Game 5 of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium. The Bombers took the series, 3-2, becoming the first team ever to win a best-of-five playoff series after losing the first two games at home. (Corey Sipkin, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
New York Yankees' infielder Derek Jeter, wearing an FDNY cap, practices before game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles defeated the Yanks, 7-2. (Howard Earl Simmons, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
New York Yankees Derek Jeter celebrates after game five of the American League Championship Series against the Seattle Mariners 22 October, 2001 at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees won the game 12-3 to win the best-of-seven game series 4-1. The Yankees will take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series staring 27 October. (Jeff Haynes, AFP/Getty)
Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees bats during Game One of the American League Championship Series against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on October 17, 2001 in Seattle, Washington. (Sporting News via Getty)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 7 -- Air Date 12/01/2001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Derek Jeter, Seth Meyers during 'Weekend Update' on December 1, 2001 (Dana Edelson, NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter dives to make a stop on an infield single against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 05 April, 2002 at Yankee Stadium Opening Day in the Bronx, NY. The Yankees beat the Devil Rays 4-0. (Matt Campbell, AFP/Getty)
Rickey Henderson #35 of the Boston Red Sox steals second base beating the throw down to Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees during an Major League Baseball game circa 2002 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Jeter has played for the New York Yankees from 1995-2014. (Focus on Sport, Getty)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, currently on the disabled list with a leg injury, leans against dugout roof as he watches action on field during game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. The Blue Jays pummeled the Yanks, 8-3. (Howard Earl Simmons, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees watches the Anaheim Angels celebrate after the Yankees were defeated in Anaheim, CA 05 October 2002. The Angels defeated the Yankees 9-5 to win the best-of-five series 3-1 to advance to the American League Championship. (Lucy Nicholson, AFP/Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees bobbles a groundball hit by Gabe Kapler of the Boston Red Sox in the first inning during game 2 of the American League Championship Series on October 9, 2003 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. (Doug Pensinger, Getty)
Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees during spring training in Tampa, FL. (Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty)
Infielder Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees waits for the Texas Rangers pitch during their game at Ameriquest Field in Arlington on May 23, 2004 in Arlington, Texas. The Yankees won 8-3. (Ronald Martinez, Getty)
New York Yankees' shortstop Derek Jeter smiles as he warms up at Shea Stadium, where the Yanks are taking on the New York Mets. Jeter has scrapes and bruises on his face from diving into the stands to make a game-saving catch during last night's game against Boston. (Ron Antonelli, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter singles in the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks clinched their 10th consecutive playoff berth with a 7-3 victory over the Rays. (Ron Antonelli, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
Jubilant New York Yankees, including Derek Jeter (2nd left) and Alex Rodriguez (center), greet Bernie Williams at home plate after he hit a game-winning, two-run homer in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks beat the Twins, 6-4, in their 100th victory of the season, and clinched their seventh straight AL East title. (Keith Torrie, NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees receives high-fives from his teammates after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on July 23, 2005 in Anaheim, California. (Jeff Gross, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees waits for the throw as Chone Figgins #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slides into the base during the MLB game on July 22, 2005 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Angels won 6-3. (Stephen Dunn, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of Team USA laughs with coach Ken Griffey Sr. during the Round 1 Pool B Game of the World Baseball Classic against against Team Canada on March 8, 2006 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. (Jed Jacobsohn, Getty Images)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees slides ot third base against the Boston Red Sox during their game on September 16, 2006 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. (Al Bello, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees in the dugout in a game against the Detroit Tigers during Game Four of the 2006 American League Division Series on October 7, 2006 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers won the game 8 to 3 and won the series 3 games to 1. (Rob Tringali, Sportschrome/Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees looks on against the Boston Red Sox on May 21, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York. The Yankees won 6-2. (Rob Tringali, Sportschrome/Getty Images)
Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees looks on during batting practice before the 79th Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York, U.S., on Tuesday, July 15, 2008. This will be the final All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium before the team moves to a new USD 1.3 billion home across the street. (Craig Ruttle, Bloomberg via Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees throws to first against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during their game at Yankee Stadium on August 2, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees won 8-2. (Rob Tringali, Sportschrome/Getty)
Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees runs during the game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York on May 16, 2009. The Yankees defeated the Twins 6-4. (Rich Pilling, MLB Photos via Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees holds up the trophy as he celebrates with A.J. Burnett (L), Jorge Posada (2nd L), Mariano Rivera (2nd R) and Robinson Cano after their 7-3 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Jed Jacobsohn, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees attempts to throw out Vernon Wells (not pictured) of the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning on July 6, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Jays defeated the yankees 7-6. (Jim McIsaac, Getty)
Derek Jeter # 2 of the New York Yankees slides into third base against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on May 15, 2010 in the Bronx borough of Manhattan. The Yankees defeated the wins 7 to 1. (Rob Tringali, SportsChrome/Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees tips his hat to the crowd prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on August 13, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees won 9-2. (Rob Tringali, SportsChrome/Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees walks off the field in between innings during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 14, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Rob Tringali, SportsChrome/Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees looks on during the game against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium on August 16, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Rob Tringali, SportsChrome/Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees in action against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium on June 29, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The White Sox defeated the Yankees 14-7. (Jim McIsaac, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees in action against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on July 11, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Royals 8-4. (Jim McIsaac, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees tags out Jemile Weeks #19 of the Oakland Athletics as he tries to steal second during the game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 27, 2012 in Oakland, California. The Yankees defeated the Athletics 2-0. (Michael Zagaris, Oakland Athletics/Getty)
May 14, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter poses with his wife Hannah in front of his retired jersey number during a ceremony before the game against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees leads his team onto the field to start the game against the Boston Red Sox during their game at Yankee Stadium on April 10, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Al Bello, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 and Alfonso Soriano #12 of the New York Yankees walk on the field for batting practice before their game against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium on May 13, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Al Bello, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the New York Mets on May 15, 2014 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Yankees defeated the Mets 1-0. (Mike Stobe, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on May 14, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Mets 4-0. (Jim McIsaac, Getty)
Tony Sanchez #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates dives back to second base as Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees waits for the throw during the game at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Rob Tringali, MLB Photos via Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees bats against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Yankees defeated the White Sox 4-3 in 10 innings. (Jonathan Daniel, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees in action against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 2, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Rays defeated the Yankees 6-3. (Jim McIsaac, Getty)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15: American League All-Star Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees acknowledges the crowd before his first at bat during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Elsa, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees stands on deck before batting against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning on August 1, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Michael Ivins, Boston Red Sox/Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees smiles during Derek Jeter Day on September 7, 2014 before the game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Elsa, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees in action against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on September 10, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Rays 8-5. (Jim McIsaac, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees looks on before batting in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles during game two of a doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Patrick Smith, Getty)
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees smiles prior to a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on September 22, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Mike Stobe, Getty)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 03: Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter speak with members of the media at Marlins Park on October 3, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Through a team spokesman, the Marlins said not renewing Scott’s contract, which expired Oct. 31, was a baseball-operations decision overseen by president Michael Hill. While Scott said he received a call from pro scouting director Jim Cuthbert informing him of the decision, the spokesman said Scott sought clarification on his status from Cuthbert and then was told he would not be renewed. Three others in similar positions were also let go around the same time, the spokesman said. The team declined further comment.

Though Jeter’s ownership group did not take control of the Marlins until Sept. 27, it had agreed to buy the team for nearly $1.2 billion in mid-August and spent the next six weeks considering how it wanted to reshape the organization. One of the first publicly revealed moves was not renewing the contracts of Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Tony Perez, former longtime manager Jack McKeon and Jeff Conine, nicknamed Mr. Marlin. Each had served as a special assistant and team ambassador, and Jeter drew significant criticism for asking outgoing team president David Samson to let them go.

Optics have been an issue for the Marlins, who are engaged in talks with the San Francisco Giants, among other teams, to deal Stanton, who hit 59 home runs this past season and would need to waive his no-trade clause. If they cannot strike a deal for Stanton, they are expected to dismantle other pieces of their roster to shrink their payroll as they seek a quarter-billion dollars in outside capital, according to FanRag Sports.

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Following the acceptance of the bid, led by majority investor Bruce Sherman, multiple officials in the Marlins’ front office urged outgoing owner Jeffrey Loria to either address employees with expiring contracts or ask Jeter to do so, sources familiar with the discussions told Yahoo Sports. Scott sat in limbo for more than two months. Contrary to the team’s accounting of the story, he said he spoke with Cuthbert about a week before his surgery, curious about his status. On Oct. 16, he said, his phone rang and he saw Cuthbert’s name on the caller ID.

“My heart sank a little bit,” Scott said. “At the same time, I thought, ‘They’re not going to do this while I’m in the hospital.’”

He said Cuthbert was apologetic. Scott said he had hoped to speak with someone in upper management but never heard from Jeter or Hill.

“I didn’t want to get upset, get my blood pressure up,” Scott said. “I was lying in a hospital bed and couldn’t move.”

One day later, Scott was discharged from the hospital. Two days after that, he returned to a different hospital with a urinary tract infection. Doctors started him on dialysis, in hopes of protecting his kidney, and in the middle of a session, he lost consciousness.

“Next thing I realize,” Scott said, “I’m in the ICU, and they’re asking, ‘Mr. Scott, Mr. Scott, are you all right?’ ”

Scott said he needed daily three-hour physical therapy sessions for weeks to return to health. During that time, he said, his Marlins-issued cell phone was shut off, which complicated extending his health insurance through COBRA. Eventually, he was able to secure the insurance, and as long as a follow-up appointment for the cancer surgery goes well this Monday, Scott said he hopes to schedule his kidney-transplant surgery in January.

Once he heals, Scott said, he plans on returning to baseball. Friends have reached out, offering him opportunities and telling him they couldn’t believe how the Marlins handled his situation – that waiting on an expiring contract was bad business but letting go of a sick employee was simply wrong.

“The ironic thing about all this is in their playing days, my two favorite athletes over the past 20 years were Brett Favre and Derek Jeter,” Scott said. “Because they played their respective games the way they need to be played. They respected the game. They weren’t hot dogs. They hustled. That’s why they were my favorite players. But Derek’s in a new game now, one of management and ownership, and certain things about this side of the game he needs to learn.”

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