Posted February 12, 2014

Derek Jeter announces he will retire after 2014 season

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Derek Jeter said he "could not be more sure" that it's the right decision to retire after next season. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter said he “could not be more sure” that it’s the right decision to retire after 2014. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter took to Facebook on Wednesday afternoon to announce that he will retire after the 2014 season.

The 13-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion has spent his entire career with the Yankees. He made his MLB debut in May 1995. The 39-year-old said Wednesday that he made the decision months ago and “could not be more sure” that it’s the right time to leave the game:

“It was months ago when I realized that this season would likely be my last. As I came to this conclusion and shared it with my friends and family, they all told me to hold off saying anything until I was absolutely 100 percent sure,” Jeter wrote. “And the thing is, I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart.

“The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball.”

Jeter’s announcement comes after a season in which he played only 17 games due to various injuries. In November, the team announced it had a reached a one-year, $12 million deal with its longtime shortstop. In his 19 years with the Yankees — 2,602 games played — he has 3,316 hits, 256 home runs and 1,261 RBI and a batting average of .312.

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12 comments
Mark112
Mark112

I can just hear Michael Kay making excuses for Jeter as he boots another routine grounder or hits a slow dribbler back to the box with the bases loaded. It's going to be a great year in the Bronx and another 3rd place finish for the team with the highest payroll in baseball.


nygiants56
nygiants56

Fine.  All time greatest Yankee shortstop, first ballot and all that.  But what's with demanding the season long spot light shine on him by announcing now?  I didn't like it with Rivera - don't like it with Jeter.  Each were prime reasons they won championships. Each was lauded for leadership and handling themselves with dignity.  That's not enough?  Now these guys needs further adulation and a season long farewell tour?  And at least Rivera was still highly productive his final year.  What happens when Jeter limps to the finish line, a shell of his former self? 

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Only 2 words can describe Derek''''''CLASS ACT""""

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

It was a pleasure watching you play Derek.  A first ballot HOF player.


Enjoy your money and your women...

Mark112
Mark112

@nygiants56  

So all season we will be subjected to rhetoric bemoaning Derek's pending departure and constant whispers suggesting the Yankees will beg him to come back. Do I puke now or later?

Mark112
Mark112

@PackersFanNumeroUno  

Despite Yount's obvious greatness, he's always been unappreciated except from fans that know what the hell they're talking about.