Derek Jeter put the ending touches on his Hall of Fame speech because the aircraft that carried him to the enshrinement ceremony in Cooperstown, New York, was touchdown.

It was alleged to be performed a lot earlier. Sometimes, issues take longer than anticipated.

That’s a lesson Jeter continues to be studying as CEO of the Miami Marlins, his job for the final 4 years. The Marlins nonetheless aren’t profitable at anyplace close to the speed Jeter needs, and he mentioned Saturday that he’ll personally be busy this offseason making an attempt to assist the workforce get higher via free company or trades.

“I expect this offseason to be active for us, whether that’s talking with free agents or exploring some other moves,” Jeter mentioned. “But for the first time, really since we’ve been here as an ownership group, I expect to be pretty active — or I should say, have active conversations. There’s two sides to it.”

But even Jeter isn’t positive what which means. The Marlins’ income streams have improved over the past 12 months with a brand new native tv deal and a brand new naming rights settlement for the workforce’s ballpark, however Jeter didn’t reveal if Miami — which has ranked close to the underside of the MLB payroll lists for years — plans to spend extra in 2022.

“We’ll see,” Jeter mentioned. “Conversations.”

The rebuild below Jeter has not gone rapidly nor simply.

Miami made the playoffs final season — when groups have been enjoying solely 60 video games due to the pandemic — to formally finish what was a 17-year postseason drought. The Marlins’ Don Mattingly was the overwhelming alternative because the National League’s finest supervisor in response to that playoff run and Miami entered this season with a lot optimism.

It’ll end this season someplace round 30 video games below .500, and in Jeter’s 4 seasons — even with final 12 months’s playoff berth — the Marlins have the worst report within the NL. Entering Saturday, Miami’s report for the reason that begin of the 2018 season was the third-lowest in all of baseball, a half-game behind Kansas City and forward of solely Detroit and Baltimore.

“No one’s happy. No one should be happy,” Jeter mentioned. “Especially the players, coming off what they were able to accomplish last year, getting a taste in the postseason. I think the expectations were a little bit higher coming into this year. Anytime you go through a season like this you have to sit down, you have to evaluate, reevaluate, and see how we’re going to get better in the offseason for next year.”

Jeter is in day by day contact with key individuals within the group like Marlins basic supervisor Kim Ng. He’s not across the workforce on a day-to-day foundation, however the half-hour he spent watching batting observe on Saturday confirmed that it’s nonetheless a giant deal for even baseball individuals to be across the Hall of Famer.

He took his spot behind the cage behind the plate, holding a half-dozen or extra transient conversations with Marlins gamers, workers and even some members of the Philadelphia Phillies’ group that headed over to say hey.

“Obviously, these guys know who Derek is,” Mattingly mentioned. “Pretty much everybody you would ever talk to has respect for what he accomplished and what he stands for and how he went about it.”

Jeter went into the Hall of Fame earlier this 12 months, after initially being slated to be enshrined in 2020 in a ceremony that wound up being delayed by the pandemic. He was one vote shy of being a unanimous Hall choice; his longtime New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera stays the one participant to seem on 100% of ballots.

Jeter spent his whole 20-year MLB enjoying profession with the Yankees, the shortstop being a part of 5 World Series titles. He was a 14-time All-Star, the 1996 AL rookie of the 12 months, and his 3,465 hits nonetheless ranks sixth-best on baseball’s all-time lists behind solely Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and Tris Speaker.

And when the enjoying days ended, the need to run a workforce was clear. Jeter was a part of the group that gained the suitable in August 2017 to purchase the Marlins, a $1.2 billion deal that turned official about two months later. Jeter had a 4% stake within the buy, approaching board because the CEO and overseeing baseball operations.

There are good indicators: The pitching workers is a transparent energy, the farm system is robust and Jeter believes that the younger core in Miami is rising right into a winner. It’s simply not sufficient — but.

“I didn’t come into it with any expectations,” Jeter mentioned. “We knew what we wanted to do. We knew there’s steps along the way to improve. Those steps take time. Unfortunately, they take time.”

Just just like the speech. That turned out to be a winner, and Jeter nonetheless thinks the Marlins will probably be as properly.