Marlins CEO Derek Jeter chats with manager Don Mattingly before a game on April 13, 2018, in Miami.

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Derek Jeter Requiring Marlins Players, Coaches To Learn Spanish

August 15, 2018 - 9:47 am
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By WFAN.com

Among the ways Derek Jeter is trying to shake up the Miami Marlins is by requiring all American-born players and coaches to learn Spanish.

According to an ESPN feature article on the first-year Marlins co-owner and CEO, Jeter never understood why clubhouse communication has been a one-way street.

"I've been to the Dominican and Venezuela,'' the Yankees great said. "I went to Cuba with Major League Baseball in 2016. So I've been to those countries and tried to learn as much as I could about their cultures. Everybody expects the Latin players to make an effort to speak English. Well, especially here in Miami, if you don't speak Spanish, you don't fit in. I think it's important."

The Latin American players are also taking English lessons. 

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Latin America's considerable presence in Major League Baseball is nothing new. Players not fluent in English hire translators to help communicate with coaches, teammates and the media. Jeter's outside-the-box education program is aiming to remove a layer of that communication barrier. Team vice presidents, too, are being given weekly Spanish lessons.

The Marlins are also teaching players about managing their finances, cooking healthy meals and tipping clubhouse attendants.

Jeter was part of the investment group led by New York venture capitalist Bruce Sherman that purchased the Marlins for $1.2 billion last September. Miami has not reached the playoffs since winning the World Series in 2003.