Derek Jeter has taken his share of heat from a disgruntled fan base since taking over as CEO and co-owner of the Miami Marlins in September, primarily for his attempt to slash payroll and increase profit.

But the former New York Yankees shortstop recently had an opportunity to explain why there should be reason for hope.

Jeter was on the cover of the business magazine Fast Company’s February issue and was one of more than 100 business leaders who shared thoughts pertaining to the magazine’s theme for the month: “How to lead with optimism.”

According to Jeter, sometimes the optimistic approach requires short-term sacrifices in order to bring in long-term success.