New York Yankees shortshop Derek Jeter has been the heart of the team since he won the AL Rookie of the Year award back in 1996. As ESPN reports on Feb. 12, 2014 will be Jeter’s last season as he has announced his retirement.
Jeter made the announcement on Facebook in a 15-paragraph note saying that it is finally time that he called it a career.
“This 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball.”
At 39, Jeter was hampered by injuries during the 2013 baseball season. With five World Series championships under his belt and a shoe in for the Hall of Fame, Jeter will take with him the many memories he has built throughout his career and he will cherish each accomplishment. Like teammate Mariano Rivera, who retired at the end of the 2013 season, Jeter will also be making his own farewell tour as he plays in each major league ballpark for the final time.
“I will remember it all: the cheers, the boos, every win, every loss, all the plane trips, the bus rides, the clubhouses, the walks through the tunnel and every drive to and from the Bronx. I have achieved almost every personal and professional goal I have set. I have gotten the very most out of my life playing baseball, and I have absolutely no regrets.”
Derek Jeter also thanked the Steinbrenner family, the organization, coaches, teammates, family and fans in his Facebook post. Fittingly his final regular season series will be against his rivals, the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park starting on Sept. 28.
Entering into his final season, Jeter has 3,316 career hits with a .312 batting average and 256 home runs. He ranks first in Yankees history in games played, at-bats, hits, stolen bases and most importantly…heart.
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