Hochman: Jeter Was Arrogant, Turned Fans Off

Derek Jeter has made a lot of mistakes since arriving in Miami, both with his actions and his attitude

Ferrall On The Bench
April 04, 2019 - 9:29 am
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The Miami Marlins (2-5) could set attendance records this season, and none of them will be positive. They’ve averaged 9,577 paid attendance through seven games. If you remove the 25,423 that came on Opening Day, that number drops to less than 7,000 per game, and they have sold just 26 percent of tickets on the season.

Yikes.

“It’s going to be hard this season to generate excitement for that baseball team,”  WQAM afternoon host Marc Hochman said on Ferrall on the Bench. “It’s a beautiful ballpark and it’s a great night out. You get a view of the Miami skyline, and I think they do a lot right there. But you just don’t recognize anybody on that roster.”

But you sure do recognize the players they got rid of.

“They had an outfield of Marcell Ozuna, Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich. They had J.T. Realmuto as a catcher. They had Dee Gordon,” Hochman said. “They had a lineup that was packed with some guys you could root for. It’s very hard to clean house like that and just say, ‘Just wait, be patient’ – in a market that’s already turned their back on baseball. They have a real tough road to hoe ahead, and I don’t think it’s going to get much better for a couple of seasons – at least.”

Hochman believes Derek Jeter made a big mistake – both with his actions and his attitude – when he arrived in Miami in 2017.

“He really should have done a charm offensive when he took over,” Hochman said. “He takes over for Jeffrey Loria, who’s the most despised owner in Miami history, and he didn’t win over the crowd. Anybody could come in after Loria and they’re going to be popular and loved, and they were so arrogant. They’ve fixed it a little bit this season. They’ve doing a lot more fan outreach, and I think they’re being a lot more humble. 

“But man, Jeter and Bruce Sherman, the majority owner, came in swinging big packages and didn’t want to hear from anybody and it turned a lot of people off,” Hochman continued, “including me. I’ve come around a little bit. I was highly critical of them last season. I’ve come around a little bit, though. I’m getting more and more exited about this Marlins team.”

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