Yankees superstar Jeter to retire after 2014 season
By The Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 2:30 p.m.
NEW YORK — To Derek Jeter, it was just another day to get ready for spring training.
On a minor league field at the New York Yankees' complex in Florida, he took batting practice, fielded grounders and chatted with teammates. And then he drove away in his Mercedes, offering no hint that the countdown to his retirement already had begun.
Hours later, Jeter alerted the sports world: This will be his final season.
“I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball,” Jeter posted Wednesday in a long letter on his Facebook page.
“I have gotten the very most out of my life playing baseball, and I have absolutely no regrets,” the shortstop wrote.
While it was no secret the team captain was getting close to the end of his brilliant career as he neared 40 — especially after injuries wrecked him last season — Jeter's announcement caught many by surprise.
In fact, some people wondered whether his account had been hacked. But it quickly was confirmed that one of the greatest players in the history of baseball's most storied franchise was serious.
A 13-time All-Star shortstop who led the Yankees to five World Series championships, Jeter is the last link to the powerful Yankees teams that won three straight crowns from 1998-2000. Longtime teammates Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte retired after last year.
“Derek Jeter is Mr. Yankee of his era,” Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner told the Associated Press.
Jeter was limited to 17 games last season while trying to recover from a broken left ankle suffered during the 2012 playoffs. He hit only .190 with one homer and seven RBIs.
“Last year was a tough one for me. 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,” Jeter wrote. “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.
“So really 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,” he wrote.
Jeter is the Yankees' career hits leader with 3,316. He's ninth on the all-time list; a 200-hit season would put him in fifth place.
Jeter is a lifetime .312 hitter in 19 seasons, with 256 home runs and 1,261 RBIs. He has scored 1,876 runs, stolen 348 bases and is a five-time Gold Glove winner.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- MLB notebook: Reds P Chapman cleared to throw batting practice
- MLB pitchers setting velocity records, altering balance of power