Jeter, who took over as the hands-on chief executive for the new Marlins owner Bruce Sherman on October 3, is not planning to attend this series at his old stadium, telling reporters in Miami that it would be an "awkward situation". "But it would be an awkward situation for me to actually go to Yankee Stadium", Jeter told reporters in Miami on Friday. "He's a guy who is a tremendous leader for us, behind the plate, but also a guy offensively, you plug in and put him in the middle of your order". So, I might as well get out in front of it and say, I'm not going.
"One of the qualities of running a first-class organization is honesty, and we have been and we will continue to run this organization, we're going to be transparent and we're going to be honest about it", Jeter said.
Stanton was booed during his home debut earlier this month after going 0-for-5 with five strikeouts, but said the criticism was warranted.
The Yankees went up 7-0 when Stanton was hit by a pitch on his knee with two outs in the bottom of the inning and Gregorius homered.
Jeter is planning to travel to NY, just not to the stadium where he had his No. 2 retired last spring.
The real reason may not be just because he's now with the Marlins?
Before becoming an owner last August, Jeter was living full-time in Tampa, the spring home of the Yankees. He's a former Yankees prospect. The four-time All-Star, two-time NL home run champion and reigning NL MVP was dealt to the Yankees in December as part of a Jeter-directed payroll purge. Let's hope these games can be played because the Yankees had games on Saturday and Sunday that were rained out.More news: Analysts See $0.62 EPS for Qurate Retail Group, Inc
How do his former Yankees teammates feel about this?
"I like the grit and the fight the team is showing", Jeter said. I like how the guys are at least going about their business.
The debate around what is causing Stanton's struggles has touched on the chilly weather, his settling into a new apartment, and the fact that he is now playing in the biggest and most demanding market in American sports. He has a family now. "I don't think you ever try to judge a start or judge a player over a 12-game stretch", Jeter explained. I don't think the relationship with the Yankees is sour. "I just separate it". The mantra since Spring Training has been this team would take time to develop. "My balance points are better, I'm picking the ball up better".
Left fielder Brett Gardner: "Obviously, it's up to him whether he wants to come to the game or not". As of this writing, 75% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Yankees to beat the Marlins on the money line. NY has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the total has gone over in six of those seven.
Manager Aaron Boone: "I don't read into it that much".
Luis Severino (3-1), who struggled his last time out, returned to form against one of the least risky lineups in baseball. It's a unique situation. the president now of another club that's such an iconic figure with our organization.