WASHINGTON — manager Don Mattingly says , his successor as captain of the , has “always talked about” owning a major league team one day.
Mattingly was asked before Miami’s game at the 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.
Reached by ESPN on Wednesday, Marlins president David Samson declined comment. Samson had 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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.