Derek Jeter's foray into avoiding serious controversy appears to be intact.
The specter of a revered Hall of Famer boycotting Jeter's Cooperstown ceremony is unlikely to be revealed. Jeter's former Yankees teammate Tim Raines, himself a Hall of Famer, told The Post on Tuesday that he expected his great friend Andre Dawson – whose hostility Jeter earned when he took over the Marlins – to appear on stage on July 26 stands when Jeter makes his introductory speech.
"The last time I heard it a few months ago, they talked to each other and it's all good and he'll be coming," Raines said in a phone interview. "[Dawson] didn't tell me about it. If he didn't want to come, I'm pretty sure I would know. "
At last year's launch ceremony, Dawson, who built the 2010 hall, informed Bleacher Report's Scott Miller that he was not planning to attend the 2020 event as a protest against Jeter who fired Dawson – and his colleagues in the Hall of Famer Tony Perez – taking over the marlins without even communicating with any of the men.
"I have no sense or feeling as if I want to sit on this stage to hear something [Jeter] have to say, ”said Dawson.
Perez, who is also critical of Jeter, is not sure.
Last September, Jeter told South Florida-based radio host Craig Mish that he had met with Dawson and Perez to purify the air. Dawson confirmed that the meeting has taken place. Dawson said to Cooperstown, "I'll think about it."
This consideration apparently led Dawson to join his brotherhood brothers in the Hall of Fame.
Raines, who noted that he had been friends with Dawson "since Derek was wearing diapers," said he did not play a peacekeeping role between the two men, although he knew both well.
"It is a great honor to be in the Hall of Fame," said Raines. I hope that will never happen. "