Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has already made it clear he will not become a manager when he retires after the season. He simply doesn't want to deal with the travel and day-to-day aspects of baseball anymore. But what about becoming an owner? That is definitely on his post-playing career agenda.
During a chat with Zach Braziller of the New York Post at a charity event on Sunday night, Jeter admitted he wants to own a major-league franchise one day:
"That's the next goal, buddy," he said at his 18th annual Turn 2 Foundation dinner at the Sheraton in Midtown Sunday night. "Calling the shots, not answering to someone, that's what interests me.
"I'd like to think I would be good one."
Jeter also said he has not yet reached out to anyone to gauge interest -- his focus is still on playing, of course -- but he plans to do that at the end of the season. As for following in the footsteps of the very public George Steinbrenner, the Yankees captain said he would "probably be a little bit more behind the scenes ... but I learned a lot of things from the Boss."
First and foremost, I could totally see the Steinbrenner family letting Jeter buy into the Yankees, even if it's just a small piece. We don't know anything about Jeter's business acumen and stuff like that, but at worst he would be to a team what Magic Johnson is to the Dodgers, an ultra-popular figure who adds immense name value to an ownership group. It only makes sense for Jeter to do that in New York, doesn't it?