Derek Jeter is making one thing clear in Miami: He’s “The Captain” now.
As the Marlins continue to transition under new ownership, Fox Sports Florida announced Wedensday that they have dropped play-by-play man Rich Waltz along with two studio analysts: Jeff Conine and Preston Wilson.
Conine has already been at the center of Jeter’s handling of the organization, turning down a front office job to return to the team with diminished responsibility and salary. He had previously served nine years as a special assistant to David Samson, the former Marlins president.
“After a thorough review of our Marlins telecasts, we have decided to make changes with the broadcast talent for the coming season,” Fox said in a statement. “We feel that this is the right time to make a change, and we’ve shared our decision with the team. We thank Rich, Jeff and Preston for the hard work and dedication they brought to the broadcast and wish them the very best.”
While Fox took responsiblity for the moves, the Miami Herald reports that sources have indicated that the network had previously been in favor of retaining Waltz before Jeter arrived and believe the moves are his doing.
In addition, a source close to Conine says that it was the former Yankees shortstop who did not want Conine to remain a part of the broadcast team.
Jeter has already made his stamp on the organization, removing several long-standing front office personnel. And Wednesday, it was reported that Jeter and Marlins ownership are seeking new, big-money investors to assist with finances.
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