With Derek Jeter's final season in full-swing, it was only a matter of time before the subject of potentially managing at the big league level was brought up during one of his press gatherings. That moment came on Thursday as Jeter prepared to face off against the Chicago White Sox and their manager Robin Ventura, who was once a teammate of Jeter's back in 2003.
According to ESPN New York's Andrew Marchard, Jeter's response to the managerial query was pretty straight forward, but none too surprising.
"I will not manage," Jeter said.
And just to be sure everyone was clear about what he said, Jeter added.
"My temperament would be all right to manage," Jeter said. "But I'm not. No. Write that down."
So it shall be written.
Again, this should not be considered surprising. Jeter's made his money, and at this point he seems quite content walking away from the game and straight into a stress-free life of luxury.
Chances are he won't completely vanish from the spotlight like a Todd Helton, who retired after 17 seasons with the Colorado Rockies in 2013. Jeter has star power beyond baseball. He's a guy the media will always flock to, even if he's merely grabbing a cup of coffee. But returning to the daily grind even in a managerial or coaching capacity takes a serious commitment, and Jeter doesn't seem like the type who would want to make that commitment year after year.
As Mike Axisa of Eye on Baseball notes, there really is a manager type that often stands out and is usually pretty easy to spot while a player is still active. Ventura always fit that mold. Kirk Gibson and Matt Williams did too. Jason Giambi currently fits and already nearly landed the Colorado Rockies manager job in 2012. Dustin Pedroia is another guy who seems to fit it, but Jeter never has.
How that mold is defined exactly is difficult to pinpoint, but it definitely exists. Perhaps they're just guys who come across as baseball lifers in every way imaginable. Maybe a few years down the road Jeter will surprise us, reshape the mold a bit and resurface in some capacity, but it doesn't seem likely. When Jeter says good-bye in a few months, it will mark the end of his days as a regular in the dugout.
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