Derek Jeter, the longtime New York Yankees shortstop, announced on Wednesday that he plans to retire following the 2014 MLB season. He called current Yankees owner, Hal Steinbrenner, early on Wednesday morning to tell him his plans for retirement, but Jeter insisted the team keep the news quiet until he could announce it himself. Jeter announced that this would be his last year on a social media fan page.
In his announcement, Jeter expressed that he “experienced so many defining moments in [his] career” such as “winning the World Series as a rookie shortstop” and “closing the old and opening the new Yankee Stadium.” Derek Jeter reminisced about how he “never stopped chasing the next one,” and he will fondly remember every little thing from his incredible career.
Commissioner Bud Selig, who is also in his final year, raved about the Yankees shortstop’s legendary career. Selig stated that Jeter “has represented all the best of the national pastime on and off the field.” He was very complimentary about how Derek Jeter was one of the “most accomplished and memorable players” in MLB history.
Derek Jeter, who will turn 40 in June, announced his plans to retire following the 2014 season after some recent troubles with injuries. The 2013 season was a very frustrating time for the shortstop because he was only able to play in 17 games due to a broken ankle. Because of the ankle injury, Jeter was not the same player when he was able to briefly come back, and he posted a low batting average of .190 with only one home run and seven RBIs in his shortened season. The 13-time All Star has played 2,602 games throughout his career; and his aging body, which has faced the tough grind for 19 seasons, may be telling him that it is time to hang up the cleats for good.
In winning five overall World Series titles with the Yankees, Jeter is one of the greatest champions in MLB history. His 3,316 hits rank him with the most hits ever in the Yankees’ franchise history and 10th on the all-time list in Major League Baseball history. Jeter also has an astounding career batting average of .312 to go along with 256 home runs, 1,261 RBIs, and 348 stolen bases. He will be eligible to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020.
Jeter, a definite future Hall of Fame candidate, has been one of the best Yankees players to ever play for the historic MLB franchise. With the legendary Yankees’ closing pitcher, Mariano Rivera, having retired at the end of the 2013 season and Jeter is now retiring after this season, the core group from the Yankees’ dynasty are all about done with their careers. Jeter – along with Rivera, Pettitte, and Posada – were together as they won World Series titles in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009.
Even though Derek Jeter planning to retire following the end of the 2014 season is a decision that some around baseball predicted, it will be a legendary end to a legendary career. The Yankees’ captain is one of the best players to ever put on the famous pinstripes. Jeter knows that the end of his illustrious career is close, and he wants to open a new chapter in his life. “I want to finally stop the chase and take in the world,” he said.
By Glen Parris