MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reported on what The Captain said when asked if he would manage down the road:
Derek Jeter, on if he'd ever manage in the future: "No. Write that down. No."
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) May 22, 2014
Such a definitive answer is a bit of a surprise coming from Jeter, who hasn't even finished his career yet. You would expect a more diplomatic, "we'll cross that bridge when we get to it" kind of answer, but that wasn't the case here.
Instead, Jeter completely shot it down from the jump.
Maybe he didn't want to answer for fears that he would be pegged as the next Yankee manager while Joe Girardi still had the job. I think it's safe to say any Yankee fan would replace Girardi with Jeter in a heartbeat just based on their love and respect for the Yanks' shortstop.
Jeter has all the traits that would make a great manager. He's a leader, both by talent and example, and he is about as classy a player and human being as you'll ever see. Not to mention, he's an intelligent player whose intangibles are unmatched by any in his era.
Perhaps another smart move by Jeter, or maybe he really has no desire to manage since he's already accomplished so much throughout his playing days.
However, it's hard to believe such a competitive guy who loves the game so much would be able to walk away from it for good and at least not stick his toe in the pool when it comes to being a skipper. I guess we'll find out for sure when he's away from the game for the first time in his adult life.
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