Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Derek Jeter Gives Passionate Response To Question About Marlins Tanking

Derek Jeter Gives Passionate Response To Question About Marlins Tanking

Bryant Gumbel challenged Derek Jeter repeatedly about his approach as Marlins owner in a lively interview scheduled to air Tuesday night on HBO.

The Marlins traded Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon during the offseason. The team carries $400 million in debt, its farm system is among Major League Baseball's worst and so are its attendance figures.

Bryant Gumbel talks to Derek Jeter and they go back and forth about the idea the Marlins are tanking.

JETER: "We're trying to win ballgames every day". Each and every day. He added that teams would "never tell your players that you are expected to lose".

He then provided another rebuttal to Gumbel's tanking claims.

I see that's how you think. Like, I see your mind.

Read below to find out why Jeter views the Marlins as contenders and why he tells Gumbel to "call me delusional". I see that's how you think. "That's your mind working like that".

At one point during the interview, Derek Jeter snaps, calling Bryant Gumbel "mentally weak", Either that or Bryant Gumbel is fully aware - on top of his game as he always is. You'd never tell your players that you are expected to lose.

DEREK JETER: "But you don't". I can't wait to get you on the golf course, man.

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GUMBEL: "No, I just- I'm- I'm realistic".

Derek Jeter: "I do. I do".

Thankfully, Bryant Gumbel wouldn't let him off the hook that easily. "If I don't believe with the- in the players that we have on the field, who's going to believe in them?"

JETER: "I see your lips". I see your lips moving constantly. You should take that as a slap in the face as a player.

On the record? You can understand why Jeter is saying what he said about believing in his team's competitiveness.

"Well, call me delusional", Jeter said.

"It was an honest exchange between a guy who believes the Marlins are tanking and another guy trying to put the best face on what they are trying to do with the organization", he said. Jeter presumably knows that tanking refers to front-office strategy, not player effort, his attempt to pretend otherwise didn't particularly work.

DEREK JETER: "Well, call me delusional".

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