New York Yankees icon, Derek Jeter, has announced the 2014 season will be his last.
Like Mariano Rivera this past year, Jeter has given everyone one year’s notice that he will retire after a Hall of Fame caliber career.
“I’ve experienced so many defining moments in my career: winning the World Series as a rookie shortstop, being named the Yankees captain, closing the old and opening the new Yankee Stadium. Through it all I’ve never stopped chasing the next one. I want to finally stop the chase and take in the world.”
A winner of five World Series, he is the Yankees leader in hits with 3,316. He is a 13-time All-Star (and you can bet on a 14th this season), 1996 Rookie of the Year, and a 2000 World Series MVP.
Even with a career .312 average, though, Jeter thinks this is it after a year where he missed all but 17 games.
“As I suffered through a bunch of injuries, I realized that some of the things that always came easily to me and were always fun had started to become a struggle. The one thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job it would be time to move forward.”
There are too many moments that make up his legacy in baseball. Surely, we will never forget the flip in the 2001 playoffs against the Oakland Athletics. [click below]
And we will remember him being one of the few, like Ken Griffey Jr., who were on the outside of any of the issues plaguing the stars of his era, like PEDs.
Barring a playoffs berth, Jeter’s final Yankee Stadium appearance will come against the Baltimore Orioles, September 25th. His final game is scheduled, where else, but at Fenway Park versus the Boston Red Sox, September 28th.