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Derek Jeter hopes to one day own a team

Derek Jeter during batting practice before playing against

Derek Jeter during batting practice before playing against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 10, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

The time will come when Derek Jeter is no longer the Yankees' captain, just another former athlete searching for the next challenge.

At 37, the Yankees' notoriously private superstar has given thought to post-retirement life.

"I would like to own a team," Jeter told ABC's Barbara Walters as part of her "10 Most Fascinating People of 2011" special that aired last night. "Yeah, I would like to be the one that calls all the shots. I'd like to be like The Boss."

Jeter would not be entering foreign territory for former ballplayers. Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan owns a majority stake in the Texas Rangers. With more than $200 million in career earnings, not including endorsements, Jeter certainly would be in position to buy a stake in a major-league team.

Later in the interview, Walters asked how, after almost two decades in the New York spotlight, he has been able to maintain a "squeaky clean" image.

"Well, I'm not squeaky clean, let's preface it with that," Jeter said.

"Tell me about it," countered Walters.

"That's the next interview," Jeter said with a chuckle.

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