ESPN is set to release a 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 produced by acclaimed director Spike Lee.

The future Hall of Famer has been kept on his personal life over his 20 Major League seasons, so anyone can guess if the draft will be 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, is now CEO and co-owner of the Miami Marlins.

New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter will be the subject of an upcoming multi-part ESPN docuseries produced by acclaimed director Spike Lee. In this photo, Jeter stands by his plaque during a pregame ceremony honoring Jeter and the retirement of his No. 2 at Yankee Stadium on May 14, 2017

New York Yankees shortstop prospect Derek Jeter poses on the steps of Yankee Stadium in New York on Wednesday, September 14, 1994. At a press conference at the stadium, Jeter was named Player of the Year Minor League Baseball America

New York Yankees Derek Jeter celebrates after game five of the American League Championship Series against the Seattle Mariners October 22, 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 being taken by the Yankees with the sixth overall pick in the 1992 MLB Draft. Four years later, he rewarded the Yankees’ faith in him by winning the American League Rookie of the Year award and embarking on one of the most successful careers in team history.

Three-time Emmy Award-winning Randy Wilkins directs the project, which is slated to premiere next year

Three-time Emmy Award-winning Randy Wilkins directs the project, which is slated to premiere next year

“As Jeter forged a Hall of Fame career, he established himself as the Yankee role model both on and off the court, with his style, class and charisma,” read the press release. ‘ESPN on the decorated shortstop.

“Jeter’s commitment to winning has been accompanied by a rare combination of competitiveness (sic) and coolness, traits he took with him into retirement as he tackles new tests as a as a team owner and manager with the Miami Marlins and as a father,” the statement continued. . “As he prepares to enter Cooperstown in July, he pulls back the curtain to reveal what it was really like to be ‘the captain’.

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

“Have had this news since last September,” Wilkins wrote on Twitter. “I am incredibly honored and proud to announce that I will be directing ‘The Captain'”. It’s a six-episode docuseries about Derek Jeter. Spike Lee is executive producing, and The Last Dance producers are on board. It’s a dream come true.’

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

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

ESPN has had success with similar docuseries about sports figures from the recent past, such as outraged 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,” averaged 5.6 million viewers per episode, not to mention millions of additional streaming views on Netflix.

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

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

Director Spike Lee, center, holds his son Jackson, 6, right, who receives a bat from New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter, left, before the start of a game against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, August 30, 2003, in Boston. Lee is executive producer of “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 career in MLB 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 being taken by the Yankees with the sixth overall pick in the 1992 MLB Draft.

Four years later, he rewarded the Yankees’ faith in him by winning the American League Rookie of the Year award and embarking on one of the most successful careers in team history. Not only has he won five World Series titles, Jeter has been named to 14 All-Star teams and added five Gold Glove and five Silver Slugger awards as the most successful and successful shortstop in the league. ‘AL.

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

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

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