Derek Jeter held a town hall meeting and was taken to task by angry Marlins fans

  • Derek Jeter held a town hall with Miami Marlins fans on Tuesday and was criticized for his handling of the team's rebuild.
  • Jeter has been under fire as co-owner of the Marlins for team moves, namely the Giancarlo Stanton trade.
  • Fans told Jeter they were upset by team's dramatic tear-down, arguing against the team's decision to cut costs and rebuild.


Derek Jeter, new co-owner of the Miami Marlins, held a town hall with season-ticket holders Tuesday night, and was taken to task by angry fans.

Jeter has come under fire during his brief tenure with the Marlins for a dramatic tear-down aimed at lowering costs. Jeter's most infamous move thus far was trading Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees for a return that left most feeling the Marlins got robbed.

The Marlins have also traded notable big-name (and big-money) players like Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna this offseason.

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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)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 03: Principal owner Bruce Sherman and 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)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 14: In this handout photo provided by One Voice: Somos Live!, Giselle Blondet, Chayanne and Derek Jeter speak onstage at One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert For Disaster Relief at Marlins Park on October 14, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rick Diamond/One Voice: Somos Live!/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Derek Jeter speaks onstage for Derek Jeter On Finding Professional Fulfillment After The Dream Career Featuring Derek Jeter, Founder, The Players' Tribune, And Jeff Levick, CEO, The Players' Tribune during Fast Company Innovation Festival at 92nd Street Y on October 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Fast Company)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Derek Jeter attends Derek Jeter On Finding Professional Fulfillment After The Dream Career Featuring Derek Jeter, Founder, The Players' Tribune, And Jeff Levick, CEO, The Players' Tribune during Fast Company Innovation Festival at 92nd Street Y on October 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Fast Company)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 03: Derek Jeter attends an NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Golden State Warriors at American Airlines Arena on December 3, 2017 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christopher Trotman/Getty Images)
Miami Marlins co-owner Derek Jeter speaks during a town hall meeting at Marlins Park in Miami on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
Miami Marlins owner Derek Jeter with fans after a town hall meeting at Marlins Park in Miami on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter talks with the media during a press conference on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter is interviewed by Marjory Stoneman Douglas baseball team players Ricky Shimko, left, and Connor Brian before the start of a spring training baseball game against St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 in Jupiter, Fla. The Marlins honored Stoneman Douglas shooting victims with special hats, T-shirts, and patches. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter talks with Marlins President of Baseball Operations Mike Hill during the spring training baseball workouts for pitchers and catchers on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter, middle, chats with manager Don Mattingly and coach Perry Hill, right, during a team stretch/workout a day before the season opener, at Marlins Park in Miami on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter (left) speaks with Manager Don Mattingly during the Marlins' home opener game against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Little Havana, Fla. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FL - APRIL 02: Former New York Yankee Jorge Posada visits with CEO of the Miami Marlins Derek Jeter during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Marlins Park on April 2, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter has a word during batting practice with Marlins catching coach Brian Schneider (23) before a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park in Miami, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (Sam Navarro/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 10: Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter and wife Hannah Jeter watch the game between the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets at Marlins Park on August 10, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN, several fans questioned Jeter's moves and motivation. One fan mocked the $1.2 billion sale of the Marlins, saying Jeter spent "$1.2 billion and then ran out of money."

Another fan told Jeter: "You act like you ran out of money. You're not going to win here with dancing girls. You're going to win with ballplayers who know how to win. The fans are alienated. They're upset. That's what you're dealing with here."

One memorable exchange involved "Marlins Man," a Marlins fan famous for traveling around the country to various high-profile sporting events and being seen on television wearing bright orange Marlins gear. He told Jeter he wouldn't pay high prices for a "triple-A team."

Marlins Man also asked to be more involved with the team.

Jeter apparently drew laughs by offering to let him throw out the first pitch if he renewed his season tickets on a 10-year plan.

At times, the meeting got messy. According to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, a crying fan told Jeter they could have signed a pitcher and contended for the playoffs, to which Jeter asked which pitchers they could have signed.

According to Jackson, when Jeter told fans to be patient, an older man said he didn't have many more years left.

The Marlins have posted a losing record for eight straight seasons and have not made the playoff since 2002. Jeter tried to explain his rationale to the angry fans.

"You can't throw money at a problem and dig a bigger and bigger hole and not have any depth in the organization,'' Jeter said. "You have to build from the bottom up. "I hear your pain. I know you've been through a lot. But we're trying to build something that is sustainable, and this is the only way to do it."

Jeter's plan may not be all that rare — plenty of teams go through tear-downs and cut costs — but clearly, the timing and execution is a touchy point for fans. Few teams go through such dramatic and up-front rebuilds after years of failing seasons while trying to be a good team. That the returns of Jeter's work have been underwhelming haven't helped his cause.

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