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Gary Denbo to be Derek Jeter’s First Major Hire for Marlins

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For his first major personnel addition with the Miami MarlinsDerek Jeter is reportedly bringing Gary Denbo aboard to serve a key role in the organization. 

Now that the ownership group led by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman and Jeter, the former New York Yankee great, has been introduced, the future of the organization is starting to take shape. Jeter’s first significant hire is expected to be that of Denbo, who will reportedly leave his post as the Yankees vice president of player development to run scouting and player development departments for the Marlins.

Denbo’s background aligns with Jeter’s goal of strengthening scouting and player development in the organization. The two also have a relationship that stretches back to Jeter’s early days as a prospect in the Yankees’ system. More from the Sun Sentinel:

“We do have to rebuild the organization. It starts with player development, scouting,” Jeter said. “We have to be strong in those areas, because if you’re going to have a sustainable organization over time, you need that pipeline of young players that can come in.”

Denbo’s new role is similar to the one former team executive Jim Fleming had through 2011. It’s not clear what Denbo’s hiring means for Stan Meek, the Marlins’ vice president of scouting whose contract is up.

The relationship between Jeter and Denbo dates back to Jeter’s minor league days in the early 1990s, when Denbo was a coach in the Yankees’ minor league system.

Denbo had served as the Yankees vice president of player development since 2014, and has been credited with helping to strengthen that organization’s young nucleus of talent.

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