Yankees Hall of Famer and Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter, like many, told reporters on Monday that the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal was a big-time blemish for baseball.
That doesn't mean Jeter was all that surprised by it happening, though.
"It's like a slow drip of responses coming out from everyone," Jeter said. "You hope at some point people can just move on. But, look, it's unfortunate. It's a black eye for the sport."
During his own two-decade long career during a scandal-ridden period in baseball history, Jeter remained out of that spotlight. But he's well aware things were going on behind the scenes.
"When you talk about people trying to get an edge in baseball, I don't think that's anything new. People have been trying to do it for years. "But, obviously, people took it way too far. And there are penalties for it. They're paying the price," Jeter said.
Jeter was voted into the Hall of Fame in January, coming one vote short of being a unanimous addition. The five-time champion will be be inducted on July 27. Jeter is hoping his ownership career begins to turn a positive corner like his playing career starting in 2020, after his Marlins squad last season had a 57-105 record, the worst record in the National League.
The Marlins will have an up-close look at the Astros all the way out in September, when they visit Houston for a three-game set. But in their much more near future, the Marlins will have two spring training clashes against the Astros this upcoming week on Tuesday and Friday.