By the time he stepped away from baseball in 2014 after a historic 20-year career, Derek Jeter had established himself as one of the most respected men to ever have played the game. With a reputation as an unmatched leader both on and off the field, Jeter has quickly transitioned into a second career leading a variety of successful business ventures and entrepreneurial investments.
Most recently, he became part-owner of MLB's Miami Marlins, for whom he also now serves as CEO, overseeing the day-to-day for both the business and baseball operations for the team. He is the first African-American to serve in this role for any major league team in the history of the sport.
Jeter is also the founder of The Players' Tribune, an innovative multimedia company where world-class athletes share their honest and unique perspectives, bringing fans closer to the games they love. In November 2013, Jeter and Simon & Schuster announced the Jeter Publishing imprint, which includes both adult and children's books verticals. The first booked released, The Contract, debuted at #2 on The New York Times Children's Middle Grade bestseller list. In October 2014, the imprint released a full-color photo book called Jeter Unfiltered, also a bestseller, providing fans an in-depth look at his life through never-before-published images taken over the course of his final season. He also serves as Partner and Brand Development Officer of Luvo, a transformational lifestyle food brand where he is involved in product development, brand awareness and strategic partnerships.
Jeter continues to be the driving force behind the Turn 2 Foundation, which he established in 1996 to give back to the communities with which he has a close connection, including West Michigan, Tampa and New York City. He satisfies his passion for inspiring young people through initiatives - like the Jeter's Leaders program - that promote academic excellence, leadership development, positive behavior, healthy choices and social change. To date, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $27 million in grants to create and support signature programs that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and "Turn 2" healthy lifestyles.
A five-time World Series champion and member of baseball's exclusive 3,000-hit club, Jeter earned numerous accolades throughout his career in recognition of both his on-field skill and his commitment to the community, including: World Series MVP (2000); 14 MLB All-Star selections; 5 Gold Glove Awards; 5 Silver Slugger Awards; AL Rookie of the Year (1996); Roberto Clemente Award (2009); and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award (2009). In 2017, the Yankees retired his No. 2 jersey and unveiled a plaque in the famed Monument Park in recognition of his historic career with the organization.