Now, at 41, he can do whatever he wants —and that means dabbling in a little of everything as he tries to sort out what suits him best.Even as Jeter remains mostly behind closed doors when he’s off-duty, retirement has brought out a surprising second side of the former Yankee — the smiling, elbows-rubbing pitchman.He’s zeroed in on becoming a media and publishing mogul, with the Players’ Tribune as well as a book imprint.

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Unlikely as it sounds, Jeter’s even an investor in Luvo, a company that makes low-sodium, pre-prepared meals — he’s even hawked the frozen food on the streets of Manhattan as a publicity stunt.

The five-time World Series champ is also popping up on red carpets and talk shows — things that never happened while he was in pinstripes.

What always made Jeter great was his laser-like focus. Now, insiders chalk up his more-approachable persona to the simple fact that he has a new focus: selling himself.

Earlier this month, Jeter faced some 40 literary agents at the Paley Center in Midtown.

As one of the most private men to ever play baseball in New York, Derek Jeter probably never expected to make enemies of his neighbors. — where the legendary Yankee shortstop retreated full time after his 2014 retirement — locals know Jeter’s 30,875-square-foot manse as the place where a menace lives. “[Jeter’s] got this Italian mastiff, and it’s vicious. Lately though, neighbors haven’t seen as much of the mastiff, and they suspect Jeter, 41, is keeping him indoors more.

When he first got it, it was a cute little puppy, but it became controversial on the block,” says one neighbor of the 1 ½-year-old pooch, gifted to Jeter by model fiancée Hannah Davis for Christmas in 2014. No surprise for a guy who’s never been willing to lift the curtain on his private life. It was a bark you could hear blocks away.” Last November, Jeter wrote on his Players’ Tribune Web site that he was “previously scared of dogs” and that “discipline is proving difficult” with the 100-plus-pound Kane.When he was on the Yankees, Jeter was one of the most famous athletes on the planet, to the point that he couldn’t walk down the street without being mobbed.The ex-Yankee was there to pitch himself as a serious player in the book industry, wooing said agents to work with his Simon & Schuster imprint, Jeter Publishing, launched in 2013.Recent releases include the kids’ book “Night at the Stadium,” which is described in press materials as a combination of “Field of Dreams,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “A Night at the Museum.” But it hasn’t all been home runs — Jeter revealed to the agents that his imprint had gone after comedian Tracy Morgan’s memoir but missed.“[Jeter] talked about being very involved in the acquisitions process,” says agent Jennifer Keene, who attended the meeting.