Derek Jeter will walk away from the MLB after the 2014 season.
New York Yankees legend, "The Captain" begins his farewell tour. Derek Jeter announced today that he is retiring from the game of baseball after the 2014 season.
Jeter made the announcement official via one of his social networks. "So really it was months ago when I realized that this season would likely be my last," Jeter said via Facebook. "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% sure."
"In the 21-plus years in which I have served as Commissioner, Major League Baseball has had no finer ambassador than Derek Jeter," Bud Selig said iva a statement. "Since his championship rookie season of 1996, Derek has represented all the best of the National Pastime on and off the field. He is one of the most accomplished and memorable players of his -- or any -- era."
Jeter only played in 17 games during the 2013 season due to injuries. "Last year was a tough one for me," Jeter wrote on Facebook. "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."
I don't remember a Yankees team without Derek Jeter. I started following the Yankees when he came to the Show and I have been a fan of the Bronx Bombers ever since.
Jeter is one of two remaining members of the Core Four, which includes Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte (still active) and Mariano Rivera. Jeter's retirement truly marks the end of an era, in which the Yankees won 5 World Series Titles (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009).