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ESPN is set to release Derek Jeter docuseries in 2022 titled ‘The Captain’


New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter will be the subject of an upcoming multi-part ESPN docuseries that is being produced by famed director Spike Lee.

The soon-to-be Hall of Famer was guarded about his personal life over his 20 Major League seasons, so it’s anyone’s guess if the project will be much of a revelation. 

However, according to ESPN’s press release, the series will use Jeter’s storied career ‘as a vessel to tell a larger cultural story that explores race, family, community, rivalries and more.’

Jeter, 46, now serves as the CEO and part owner of the Miami Marlins. 

New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter will be the subject of an upcoming multi-part ESPN docuseries that is being produced by famed director Spike Lee. In this photo, Jeter stands by his plaque during a pregame ceremony honoring Jeter and retiring his number 2 at Yankee Stadium on May 14, 2017

New York Yankees shortstop prospect Derek Jeter poses on the dugout steps at Yankee Stadium in New York Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1994. At a staduim news conference Jeter was named Baseball America's minor league player of the year

New York Yankees Derek Jeter celebrates after game five of the American League Championship Series against the Seattle Mariners 22 October, 2001 at Yankee Stadium in New York.

A phenom growing up in central Michigan, Jeter intended to play for the Wolverines at the University of Michigan before he was taken by the Yankees with the sixth pick of the 1992 MLB Draft. Four years later, he rewarded the Yankees’ confidence in him by winning the American League’s Rookie of the Year award and embarking on one of the most successful careers in team history

Three-time Emmy-award winner Randy Wilkins is directing the project, which is slated to premiere next year

Three-time Emmy-award winner Randy Wilkins is directing the project, which is slated to premiere next year

‘As Jeter forged a Hall of Fame career, he established himself as the model Yankee both on- and off-the field, with his style, class, and charisma,’ read ESPN’s press release about the decorated shortstop.

‘Jeter’s commitment to winning came with a rare combination of competiveness (sic) and cool, traits he has taken with him into retirement as he tackles new tests as a team owner and executive with the Miami Marlins and as a father,’ the release continued. ‘As he prepares to enter Cooperstown this July, he is pulling back the curtain to reveal what it was really like to be ‘The Captain.’

Three-time Emmy-award winner Randy Wilkins is directing the project, which is slated to premiere next year.

‘I’ve held onto this news since last September,’ Wilkins wrote on Twitter. ‘I’m incredibly honored & proud to announce I will be directing ‘The Captain”. It’s a six episode docuseries on Derek Jeter. Spike Lee is Executive Producer and the Producers of The Last Dance are on board. This is a dream come true.’

Minnesota Twins' Brian Buscher (32) is forced out at second as New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, top, turns the double play during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at Yankee Stadium in New York. Twins' Nick Punto was out at first

Minnesota Twins’ Brian Buscher (32) is forced out at second as New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, top, turns the double play during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at Yankee Stadium in New York. Twins’ Nick Punto was out at first

ESPN has had success with similar docuseries on sports figures of the recent past, such as scandalized Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong as well as Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls. In fact, the Bulls docuseries, ‘The Last Dance,’ attracted an average of 5.6 million viewers per episode, not to mention millions more streaming views on Netflix.

The network is also planning a 2021 documentary on Tom Brady, a personal friend of Jeter’s who actually rented the Marlins executive’s Tampa home during the 2020 NFL Season. 

Director Spike Lee, center, holds his son Jackson, 6, right, who gets a bat from New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, left, before the start a game against the Boston Red Sox, Saturday, August 30, 2003, in Boston. Lee is an executive producer on 'The Captain'

Director Spike Lee, center, holds his son Jackson, 6, right, who gets a bat from New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter, left, before the start a game against the Boston Red Sox, Saturday, August 30, 2003, in Boston. Lee is an executive producer on ‘The Captain’

Titled ‘The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady,’ the nine-episode series will chronicle the seven-time Super Bowl winner’s career with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Jeter’s 20-year MLB career is already among the most documented in sports history.

A phenom growing up in central Michigan, Jeter intended to play for the Wolverines at the University of Michigan before he was taken by the Yankees with the sixth pick of the 1992 MLB Draft.

Four years later, he rewarded the Yankees’ confidence in him by winning the American League’s Rookie of the Year award and embarking on one of the most successful careers in team history. Not only did he capture five World Series titles, but Jeter was named to 14 All-Star teams and added five Gold Glove and five Silver Slugger awards as both the top-fielding and top-hitting shortstop in the A.L.

Today Jeter’s No. 2 is retired by the Yankees, and he is honored with a plaque at Yankee Stadium’s Memorial Park.

Jeter, who was named to the Hall of Fame on his first ballot by a whopping 99.7 percent of voters, will be inducted into Cooperstown on July 25.



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