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Marlins CEO Derek Jeter trying to construct a winner in Miami

Clark Spencer, Miami Herald on

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MIAMI -- Derek Jeter was asked about his vision for the Marlins when he turned to look behind him at the cranes and workers in hard hats making renovations to the ballpark.

"Under construction," Jeter answered.

His description applies to more than just hammers and nails.

As Jeter begins his second year as CEO of the Marlins, a franchise that has gone 10 years without a winner on the field and ranked dead last in attendance in 2018, the immediate prospects are bleak.

Everyone is picking the Marlins to finish last again in 2019 as they continue to build up their farm system by trading veterans.

Jeter on Monday refused to put a timeline on how long the process might take, how long it will take the Marlins' bounty of prospects to become big-leaguers and turn the franchise into a winner.

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"You never put a timeframe on it," Jeter said. "If you come out and say it's going to take us five years, 10 years, 15 years -- you're saying it's OK to lose. But that's not the case. I have no patience. I have zero patience. I've been preaching it. But I don't have it."

Still, Jeter acknowledged it won't happen instantly.

"We understand that some things take time," he said.

Since Jeffrey Loria sold the Marlins for $1.2 billion in October, 2018, to principal owner Bruce Sherman and other investors, Jeter -- as CEO -- has gone about distancing the franchise from its not-so-successful recent past.

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