Between his upcoming sports website and other high-profile projects, Derek Jeter is nowhere near finished with baseball. Despite the fact that he played his last game on Sept. 28, the former Yankees shortstop is out to prove that no one will be forgetting about him any time soon — and HollywoodLife.com has the EXCLUSIVE details.
Derek Jeter, 40, will not be joining up with the AARP any time soon. Like Michael Jordan before him, Derek will not let retirement from his sport of choice slow him down any. He has just revealed a new project, and as a source revealed to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY, he might have yet another “big accomplishment” on the way!
Derek Jeter: ‘The Players’ Tribune’ And His Upcoming Career Plans
Derek’s “not done with baseball,” our insider reveals. “He’s always talked about owning a major league club and I suspect that will be his next accomplishment.”
Despite Derek being in the news for his latest venture, The Players’ Tribune (more on that below), the former shortstop is “looking forward to relaxing and being out of the spotlight. ESPN and other sports outlets would love for him to be an announcer, but it’s not going to happen in the near future, if at all,” says another source.
“As said before, he wants to go the whole Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan route and be more business savvy and possibly be a part owner in some things both sports-related and business-related.
“But the first thing on his plate is to enjoy retirement.”
Derek echoed our source, telling Today‘s Matt Lauer: “You know, it’s funny, because someone had mentioned to me: I went from an old man in baseball to a young man in life. And I liked how that sounded. So, I consider myself young again.”
Derek Jeter ‘Not Done With Baseball’
Derek is currently working on The Players’ Tribune, a sports website which seeks to provide athletes with a way to communicate with their fans like they never have before, “with no filter.” Of course, there are many other social media websites that provide that service to athletes should they so choose, but, basically, Derek wrote in a statement on the soon-to-be-launched site that he wants to cut out print and digital media as a middleman between athletes and their fans. Here’s an excerpt of Derek’s goal:
“I do think fans deserve more than ‘no comments’ or ‘I don’t knows.’ Those simple answers have always stemmed from a genuine concern that any statement, any opinion or detail, might be distorted. I have a unique perspective. Many of you saw me after that final home game, when the enormity of the moment hit me. I’m not a robot. Neither are the other athletes who at times might seem unapproachable. We all have emotions. We just need to be sure our thoughts will come across the way we intend.
“So I’m in the process of building a place where athletes have the tools they need to share what they really think and feel. We want to have a way to connect directly with our fans, with no filter.”
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Derek’s upcoming plans? Are you intrigued by The Players’ Tribune? Let us know your thoughts!
— Amanda Mitchell, Reporting by Eric Ray & Russ Weakland