With the Miami Marlins being sold to a group headlined former New York Yankee Derek Jeter and former Private Capital Management chairman Bruce Sherman, the team is expected to keep presidents Michael Hill and David Samson, although it’s unclear if Samson would stay in his current role, as FanRag’s Jon Heyman previously reported.
Someone many baseball people are eyeing to potentially join the team’s front office with Jeter and Sherman in charge? Excel Sports Management’s Casey Close, who represented Jeter during his playing days.
It’s unclear if a pairing is likely, let alone possible. But it makes sense.
Jeter and Close have remained close since Jeter’s retirement and there are some who believe that Close would excel running a franchise.
“He’d be a rockstar,” one person said on the possibility of Close running a team.
But the questions are 1) would he leave Excel and 2) would he even want to do it?
Early in the process of the Marlins trying to sell the team, there was talk of a Close/Jeter pairing, but people around the situation called a potential pairing unlikely, at best.
It’s unclear if anything has changed, and Close has shown an indication he is willing to make such a move, but he has previously shown he isn’t afraid to move on from previous agencies. In 1992, Close joined IMG as part of its baseball division and eventually left to create CAA. In 2011, he left CAA to start and run the baseball division for Excel Sports Management.
A move from agent to running a team isn’t unheard of, as shown in the NBA with Bob Myers leaving the agency side to run the Golden State Warriors and recently with Rob Pelinka joining the Los Angeles Lakers as the general manager. It has also been done in MLB with Dave Stewart and the Arizona Diamondbacks, just not as successfully (he was fired after two seasons).
While a potential pairing of Close and Jeter with the Marlins appears unlikely, it hasn’t stopped baseball people from speculating on the matter and that speculation will likely continue to grow as time wears on.