Smooth on the field, Jeter struggles in front office

first_imgNamely, the ever-dwindling Marlins fans base.Jeter has made one public-relations misstep after another since taking over as CEO in October, when a $1.2 billion sale from Jeffrey Loria to the Bruce Sherman-led partnership was approved.Since a 20-minute introductory news conference, Jeter has essentially declared the Miami media to be persona non grata. He did a fluff interview with the team’s flagship radio station and a teleconference during the winter meetings this week after dealing Stanton to the Yankees.“One thing that has been consistent with me throughout my career is I do not operate through the media,” Jeter said on the conference call.Problem is, he needs the media to get out the message he’s trying to sell to Marlins fans, who are so jaded at this point that the damage may be irreparable. Maybe he’s starting to get the message, announcing what seemed to be a hastily assembled town hall meeting with a couple hundred season-ticket holders on Tuesday evening at Marlins Park, along with a promise to meet afterward with the media.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ If nothing else, Jeter (or anyone not named Loria, for that matter) should’ve enjoyed a bit of honeymoon, even if it was his intent to dismantle the roster once again.All he had to do was make himself accessible, turn on the charm and let everyone know he was in this for the long haul. All he had to do was make it clear that he wasn’t Loria Lite, running the Marlins like a cash machine for his personal account.There would’ve been grumbles, for sure, but Jeter could’ve pointed to the World Series champion Houston Astros as his template, a franchise that bottomed out no so long ago with three straight 100-loss seasons but always with the intent of rebuilding the farm system and setting up something the Marlins have never had in their quarter-century of existence — long-term success.“If you want to be sustainable as an organization, you have to be good from top to bottom,” Jeter said, again from that conference call. “We’re going to invest in building this organization the right way so we can year in and year out compete.”But those sage words have been drowned out by Jeter’s blunders, from making only a handful of public appearances to skipping out on attending the winter meetings — even though they were being held in the same state. Instead, Jeter was spotted Monday night in a luxury box at the Dolphins NFL game. He’s also turned up in Miami at an NBA game, where he was booed when shown on the video board.Of course, the Marlins were a damaged product long before Jeter arrived.This is a franchise that followed up two World Series titles by immediately breaking up the team, and tore up its roster a third time after Loria got a new publicly funded stadium. They’ll have to do it again largely because Major League Baseball approved an overpriced sale to a group that had to scrape together every spare million just to meet Loria’s ludicrous asking price.The Marlins would’ve been far better served being sold to someone like Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has much deeper pockets and was interested until he saw the asking price. Ross likely would’ve been willing to pay something along the line of $900 million for the tarnished franchise, but Loria wanted to bleed every last dollar out of South Florida on his way out the door.As a parting gift, Loria left the new owners with Stanton’s ludicrous contract — a $325 million boondoggle that could run until 2028, when he would be 38 years old, and includes a full no-trade clause. There were only a handful of teams willing to take on a deal that still must pay out at least $295 million to an injury plagued slugger, and the list was shortened even more when Stanton vetoed a couple of potential suitors.The Yankees were really the only option. FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, Derek Jeter, chief executive officer and part owner of the Miami Marlins, talks with members of the media at the annual baseball general managers’ meetings, in Orlando, Fla. Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. Suave, sophisticated and charming, he made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City. Which makes Derek Jeter, The Baseball Executive, all the more baffling.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)Derek Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. His charisma made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City.Which makes Derek Jeter, The Baseball Executive, all the more baffling.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Brazil great Kaka retiring from soccer at age 35center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. How has a guy who rarely took a wrong step during his long career as the Yankees shortstop and captain managed to become Public Enemy No. 1 in South Florida in just a few short months?Now, this isn’t one of those piling-on diatribes against Jeter for overseeing the latest fire sale by the Miami Marlins .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFrankly, he had no real options beyond dumping MVP slugger Giancarlo Stanton and the worst contract in sports history on his former team . Jeter would probably serve his new team well in the long run by unloading a few more top-of-the-line players. (Christian Yelich, anyone?)What’s more surprising is how quickly Jeter has alienated those he desperately needs to win over while he puts the Marlins through a few more excruciating seasons of starting from scratch . LATEST STORIES Jeter has dealt two more All-Stars as well, outfielder Marcell Ozuna and second baseman Dee Gordon , and he’s surely not done. Second baseman Starlin Castro, acquired in the Stanton deal, probably won’t be around for long. And if Jeter really wants to go all in on this rebuilding project, he’ll do his best to deal Yelich, who’s got an attractive contract (at least four more years at $44.5 million) and would likely bring a huge bounty of prospects.And while he’s at it, Jeter needs to work on his PR skills.No one could’ve seen that one coming.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

A BETTER CALL?

first_imgHowever, it one-ups the iPhone by folding open lengthwise to reveal a QWERTY keyboard and a second, non-touch sensitive screen. The lack of a hardware keyboard has been one of the main complaints about the iPhone. The Voyager will connect to Verizon Wireless’ latest data network, providing speeds much higher than the AT&T network the iPhone uses. The Voyager also has direct access to Verizon Wireless’ online music store. However, the Voyager will not come with a large built-in memory for songs and video, offering instead a slot for memory cards up to 8 gigabytes. Nor are its screens as large as the iPhone’s. It’s an open question whether the Voyager can encroach on the iPhone’s cachet or match its ease of use. Apple has sold more than 1 million units since the phone-cum-iPod hit the market June 29. In announcing its holiday lineup, Verizon Wireless did not say how much the Voyager or three other new phones would cost. It also didn’t give a specific launch date, saying only that they would be in stores before Thanksgiving. Verizon also showed off an LG phone called the Venus. It has two screens on its face, of which the smaller is touch sensitive, with controls for the phone’s music player and camera. The phone slides open to reveal a numeric keypad. Verizon Wireless is also bringing out a version of the BlackBerry Pearl, with fast data network access. The slim e-mail oriented phone is already available on the slower networks of AT&T and T-Mobile USA. (Like Verizon, AT&T has a third-generation cellular broadband network, but it’s not used by the AT&T Pearl.) The fourth phone in the lineup is the Juke, by Samsung. A small unit that flips open like a jackknife, it features an iPod-like wheel to control the music player. Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications Inc. of New York and Vodafone Group PLC of Britain.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Peter Svensson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – In time for the holidays, Verizon Wireless is launching a cell phone that looks much like the hottest phone so far this year: Apple Inc.’s iPhone. Like the iPhone, the LG Voyager features a large touch screen, a camera and extensive multimedia, Web browsing and e-mail capabilities. last_img read more

Female Muslim workers asked to cover-up properly

first_imgKuala Lumpur, Jul 11 (PTI) Muslim women working in fast-food outlets and hypermarkets in Malaysias Kelantan state have been asked to cover themselves properly as per Islamic law, including wearing long-sleeved uniforms, by next year.Most female workers on such premises currently are wearing short-sleeved T-shirts.State Local Government, Housing, Youth and Sports Committee chairman Abdul Fattah Mahmood said non-Muslim staff were not included in the new ruling by the state government, but they were advised to dress decently.”The committee had a discussion with several hypermarkets and business operators over the issue recently. We want them to plan a proper uniform for Muslim workers and they have agreed in principle to our proposal.Fattah said the state government also encouraged food traders operating at night markets and food stalls to introduce long-sleeved attire for their workers, which would help in the campaign to promote hygienic practices on their premises.”The ruling is a must for Muslim women workers, but non-Muslims are encouraged to wear proper clothes. I would like to thank the non-Muslim community in the state for their support of the state governments policy,” he said.Kelantan is the only state in muslim majority Malaysia thatimplements such Islamic laws. PTI JB AMS AKJ AMSlast_img read more