In his first apparent course-reversal in his new high-profile role, new Miami Marlins CEO/part-owner Derek Jeter personally has reached out to the four esteemed Marlins front office members he reportedly ordered fired – Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Tony Perez, Mr. Marlin Jeff Conine and the Marlins’ octogenarian, World Series-winning manager Jack McKeon – and informed them he didn’t really intend to fire them and that he’d be interested in retaining all four with the team in some unidentified role.

Sources say Jeter personally called the four men this time and told them he wants to keep them with the club, and someone familiar with the situation suggested Jeter provided no explanation why they’d been told they were being let go, or more specifically, why the second message was the opposite of the first.

One person familiar with the talks said Jeter, in his calls to them, told them that of course he wanted them back, explaining he had a deep interest and appreciation for history.

Others involved said that Jeter clearly had originally told outgoing club president David Samson that, since the four Marlins luminaries were consultants to the previous ownership, they would no longer be needed, and Samson and Jeter were said to have agreed at the time that Samson would be the one to pass that message along, which he did. It’s hard to imagine that Samson, who has a law degree and has been president of the team for 15 years, could have mixed up the original message, and anyway, someone with the Marlins said he did not.

Jeter also has not called Samson since the stories of the firings first appeared, so it’s pretty clear there was no misunderstanding; Jeter simply just changed his mind sometime after the stories came to light.