Marlins’ Mattingly says he talked to Jeter about ownership

Former New York Yankees team captain and newly-named batting coach Don Mattingly, left, poses with current team captain Derek Jeter Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003 in New York. Mattingly replaces Rick Down, who was fired last week after New York hit just .140 with runners in scoring position during its six-game loss to Florida in the World Series. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly says Derek Jeter, his successor as captain of the New York Yankees, has “always talked about” owning a major league team one day.

Mattingly was asked before Miami’s game at the Washington Nationals on Wednesday about a report on FoxBusiness.com that said Jeter and former Florida governor Jeb Bush were among those who could try to buy the Marlins from Jeffrey Loria.

Marlins President David Samson said in February that multiple groups were interested in purchasing the club.

Mattingly said he is “sure” Jeter would be a good owner, because he “pretty much seems to be good at everything that he tries to do.”

“He’s always talked about it,” Mattingly said. “I asked if he wanted to coach, and he’s like, ‘Never.'”

The two were briefly Yankees teammates in 1995, Mattingly’s last season in the majors and Jeter’s first, and Mattingly went on to coach New York during Jeter’s stay.

Mattingly said they speak about once a year.

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