Baseball Hall of Famers considering boycotting Derek Jeter's induction

Derek Jeter didn't make many enemies while playing shortstop for the New York Yankees for 20 seasons.

It's been a much different story in his less than two years as the leader of the Miami Marlins ownership group.

Since taking over the team in 2017, Jeter has garnered animosity through many of his business and baseball-related decisions. And one of those decisions may lead to two Baseball Hall of Famers boycotting Jeter's surefire induction during the summer of 2020.

Those two men are Andre Dawson and Tony Perez. Both were part of a group of special assistants, along with Marlins legends Jack McKeon and Jeff Conine, that were unceremoniously fired during Jeter’s first round of house cleaning. And both are still harboring ill-will over how the situation was handled.

Brewing boycott

In an interview with Bleacher Report, Dawson confirmed he hasn’t forgiven or forgotten what transpired two years ago. As a result, he indicates he will be making other plans for next summer’s Hall of Fame weekend when Jeter’s induction is almost certain to take place.

"I sincerely doubt [that I will attend] at this point," Dawson told Bleacher Report last weekend, when the 2019 class was inducted. "All indications are likely not. ... I can't speak for Tony. But I don't have a sense or feeling like I want to sit on that stage to hear what [Jeter] has to say."

On the other hand, Perez wasn’t fully committed to skipping the event. But he also wasn’t shying away from the reason he’s considering it.

Perez told B/R that if he does boycott, he will not hide behind an excuse, such as feigning an illness. Instead, he said, he will tell the truth: That he is staying away because of Jeter.

"It wasn't nice, what happened at the end," Perez said.

‘I just felt disrespected’

After letting Dawson and Perez go, the Marlins received backlash from their own fan base and baseball fans in general. Shortly after, they offered both men a "make good" deal aimed at mending fences. The new offer was viewed as an insult because it slashed the group of legends salaries to $25,000 and blocked their access to the major-league clubhouse.

"For me it was more than insult personally the way everything was handled," Dawson said. "Even with the kind of offer they made going forward.

"I just felt disrespected, in a sense. I have a lot of pride. For me, that's kind of where I am with that whole process. It is what it is. I understand going forward it's a decision they made; it's their money, their team, but I've got to look out for my pride and welfare also."

It’s not difficult to understand why Dawson was hurt. His relationship with the Marlins dated back to his playing days. His final MLB appearance was in a Marlins uniform on Sept. 29, 1996.

After his retirement, Dawson accepted a position in the Marlins front office. He remained associated with the team until his firing in the fall of 2017.

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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)
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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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All eyes on Derek Jeter

The 2020 Hall of Fame ceremony is set up to be the Derek Jeter show.

There are no doubts that he will be elected this winter when his name first appears on the ballot. The only drama will be whether he joins Yankees “Core Four” teammate Mariano Rivera as the only unanimous selections.

Regardless, Jeter will be the guy everyone is talking about, asking about and writing about. From the perspective of Dawson and Perez, that surely doesn’t sound very appealing. They wouldn’t have anything nice to say, so they’re better off not being there.

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