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Marlins CEO Derek Jeter on Yankees: ‘I will always be the captain’

Derek Jeter was off-limits to the broader New York media ahead of the first of two games between the Marlins and his former team in Miami. However, during an interview with YES Network, the Yankees icon and current Marlins CEO made it clear his affinity for the Bronx Bombers remains strong.

“I haven’t turned the page, you know I will always be a New York Yankee and I played 20 years and that’s a part of my life that is as good as it gets,” Jeter said, via the New York Post. “I will always be a New York Yankee. I will always be the captain of the team. I enjoy Yankees fans, they have been great to me my entire career and even in retirement.”

Jeter’s early tenure with the Marlins has included some serious missteps without question. That said, Jeter’s sole focus now is on turning around an organization desperately in need of a rebuild. And to accomplish such a monumental task, Jeter is well aware of where he can look for a blueprint.

“[It] seems like it’s been 10 years, it’s been a learning experience for me,” Jeter said. “I was very fortunate to play a 20-year career with a first-class organization, and in my mind the Yankees are the gold standard for what you want to be as an organization. I tried to do my part as a player over 20 years to work hard, obviously be dedicated, to do my small part and to help on the field.

“And now coming here, I’m working for a new organization now and with ownership and a CEO position, I want to do the same thing. And it’s going to take time, it’s going to take hard work but the effort I put in on the field, I’ll do here in the front office as well.”

Why exactly Jeter declined to meet with the greater New York media with his former team in town we don’t know, and the Marlins were rather curt in their explanation.

“We’re not making him available,” a Marlins PR official told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday afternoon.