Posted February 12, 2014

Derek Jeter announces that he will retire after 2014 season

Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, Yankees

Derek Jeter is the Yankees’ all-time leader in games, at-bats, hits and stolen bases, and he ranks second in doubles and third in runs scored. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Derek Jeter, the Yankees captain who has been their starting shortstop since 1996 and led them to five World Series titles, announced on Facebook Wednesday that he will retire after the 2014 season.

“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,” he wrote. “So really it was months ago when I realized that this season would likely be my last…and the thing is, I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball.”

Jeter will turn 40 in June and is coming off a 2013 season in which he played just 17 games because of a series of injuries to his legs and ankles, the latter related to the fractured ankle he suffered in the 2012 American League Championship Series. With Jeter sidelined — and a number of other key players missing for long stretches as well — New York failed to reach the postseason for just the second time in his career.

Jeter has played in 158 postseason games, hitting .308/..374/.465 with 20 home runs, 61 RBIs and 18 stolen bases, numbers that compare favorably with his 162-game regular season averages of .312/.381/.446 with 18 home runs, 79 RBIs and 22 steals. His 3,316 regular season hits are the most in Yankees history and the 10th-most in baseball history. Though he never won an AL MVP award, he was the 1996 AL Rookie of the Year, finished in the top-10 in MVP voting eight times (including two third-place finishes and a runner-up in 2006) and was named MVP of the 2000 World Series and the 2000 All-Star Game. He has made 13 All-Star teams (winning the MVP award in 2000), won five Silver Slugger awards and, though his defense was often criticized and became a flashpoint in the statistical revolution that swept through baseball during his career, five Gold Gloves for his defense at shortstop.

The Yankees drafted Jeter with the sixth overall pick in the 1992 draft, the same year they finished below .500 for the fourth straight season. Jeter arrived in New York for a 15-game cameo in 1995 then took over as the team’s starting shortstop in 1996 at just 21 years old. He batted .314 that year and led the Yankees to their first division title and pennant in 15 years and eventually to their first World Series championship since 1978.

They returned to the postseason each of the next 11 seasons, winning the World Series in 1998, ’99 and 2000 and reaching the Fall Classic only to lose in both 2001 and 2003. After missing the playoffs entirely in 2008 — a year remembered best as the last at the original Yankee Stadium, which closed with a memorable speech from Jeter — New York won the World Series again in 2009.

By then, Jeter’s status as a first-ballot Hall of Famer had long since been established. In addition to his remarkable consistency, he produced some of the most iconic plays of his era: the Flip Play against the Oakland A’s in the 2001 ALDS to prevent the tying run from scoring; a walk-off home run that same fall against the Diamondbacks in the World Series that earned him the nickname Mr. November because it came just minutes after the clock ticked past midnight on Halloween night; and a full-sprint catch and dive into the stands to catch a pop up in an epic regular season game against the Red Sox in 2004.

Longtime teammates Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada joined with Jeter to become known as the Core Four because they had all been developed in New York’s farm system, debuted in 1995 and been key pieces of four world championship teams. Jeter is the last of the Core Four still playing; Posada retired after the 2011 season and Pettitte (who had an abbreviated retirement after the 2010 campaign) and Rivera stepping away last year.

When this season concludes, Jeter will join them in retirement, ending a Hall of Fame career and signaling that the Yankees dynasty that ruled baseball for much of his career is over, too.

81 comments
The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

Are you idiots really that naive that you don't believe Jeter has herpes? Just go to Google and type in "Derek Jeter herpes tree" and you can see all the women/men he's given it to. Its pathetic if you think about it.

BestTampaSportsFan
BestTampaSportsFan

Jeter is is one of the few Yankees you can say from the Farm to the Pasture. LOL

Kidding aside Jeter was a great player for the Yanks

nygiants56
nygiants56

All time greatest Yankee shortstop, first ballot and all that.  But what's with calling for the season long spot light to shine on him by announcing now?  I didn't like it with Rivera - don't like it with Jeter.  Each were prime reasons they won championships. Each was lauded for leadership and handling themselves with dignity.  Each deserved the royal treatment. That's not enough?  Now he wants further adulation and a season long farewell tour?  And at least Rivera was still highly productive his final year.  What happens when Jeter limps to the finish line, a shell of his former self?

BostonDanA2
BostonDanA2

Ha!  Even Jeter never wants to play with A-Roid again!

mkmck69
mkmck69

Sox fan here, who was born hating the Yankees...but Jeter is the one of 2 guys I wish had played here, the other being Rivera. I'll never forget the game at Fenway where Nomar was on the bench with a hangnail and Jeter dove head-first into the stands to catch a foul ball. That showed who the real ballplayer was. Jeter is a class act, one of the all time greats who should be a unanimous first ballot HOF'er.

bradhalzey
bradhalzey

should have retired today, here today gone tomorrow.

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

One of the final PED users to retire. Good riddance, take your herpes with you.

Dodgerflip
Dodgerflip

Hope the Yankee Captain has a successful and injury free final season. Tip my cap to one of best players I've seen.

RescuedfromESPN
RescuedfromESPN

It's the end of an era, not just in the MLB, but in sports in general.The Core four is history, Ray  Lewis retired one year ago, Kobe's getting up there, Brady and Manning are 36 and 37, Nick Lidstrom retired 2 years ago,Mo is gone, Shaq is gone, and now this. This generation of great players is ending, and I consider myself lucky to see them. Jeter gets a tip of the old cap. Good bye Jeter, next stop, Cooperstown.

biasedsportsfan
biasedsportsfan

"I fully expect to receive better gifts on my farewell tour than Mo did."

effeweall
effeweall

His final year will be awesome cause he will be arod free!!!  Perfect ending to a great career.

joe6647
joe6647

If not for a guaranteed $10 million in 2014, he would be hanging them up now.  Unless he plays most of the year on the disabled list, hes going to end up on the DL

John02169
John02169

There will be a lot of tissues sold in NYC his last week.  Some for crying and some to go with the hand lotion.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Totally deserves to be a first ballot Hall of Famer. 

ARODFAN
ARODFAN

One of the classiest players to ever play the game. Never once in his career has he ever done a single thing except excel at everything he did. In my opinion one of the best to ever play the game not because of talent alone but because his baseball instincts were second to none as well as his character. His uncanny ability to be in the perfect place at the perfect time made him a joy to watch. He will be missed and the game is poorer without him. Thank you Derek Jeter for all the great memories and for being the type of ballplayer all ballplayer's should emulate.

Derek_Jeter
Derek_Jeter

Pure class and clutch. This will be a great last season for #2.

jdragon77
jdragon77

There will never be another Jeter. Talent, class, toughness, leadership, championships, he had it all. Greatest shortstop in MLB history, hands down. Yankee fan or not, any true baseball fan has to acknowledge that the game will not be the same without number 2. 

bluestarplease
bluestarplease

Watching one of the all time greats in his final season will be something everyone will always remember. Amazing career, pure class, and a hell of a player. 

Jive_Turkey
Jive_Turkey

As a Red Sox fan its in my DNA to despise the Yankees and its players but i give Jeter his props. Much respect. To bad its him thats leaving and not A-Rod though. Jeter at least has some class.

Phllip
Phllip

@The_truth_hurts  i hope you to see u on the Phillies/Braves/Nats thread come the MLB season. We'll enjoy your company, sir.

Phllip
Phllip

@The_truth_hurts  you're a bitter dude..i've seen you post a negative comment on every thread. Now , i'm one who believes in reality vs optimism, but the stuff u say is just plain BS. I've never heard someone So Dumb, to say "just google *this*, and the truth will appear". I'm guessing you used Wikipedia for all of your research papers too, huh? 

sbp
sbp

@nygiants56 Don't think he needs or wants the adulation - FANS want to have the feeling of sending him off. Even fans in other cities. This gives them the opportunity to cheer his final appearance where they are.

BostonDanA2
BostonDanA2

@mkmck69  Completely agree on all fronts.  I don't like Jeter's uniform (also being a lifelong Sox fan), but respect the man under it. 

ScarFace292929
ScarFace292929

@bradhalzey  Jeter wouldn't have done the Yankees like that, knowing that Spring Training is about to start. He's giving the club plenty of time to figure out what they want to do at shortstop to "replace" him.

Mel
Mel

@The_truth_hurts You don't know that he has herpes and you can't point to 1 single piece of actual proof that he used steroids of any kind. I'm not even a Yankees fan and you come off like a bitter prick.

nyy61
nyy61

@The_truth_hurts  Bitter much?  He's a multi-millionaire with five World Series rings, ninth-most hits in baseball history, a spotless record, and any woman he wants to spend time with.  But then I'm sure your life is even better.

joe6647
joe6647

i mean unless he plays most of the year as a DH

Mark112
Mark112

@jdragon77  

He's not even the best shorstop in the history of the Yankees. Phil Rizzuto was a better fielder (who isn't?) won an MVP (Jeter didn't) and played on 7 world championship Yankee teams. If Jeter didn't play in New York, we never would have heard of him. 

Bledred
Bledred

@jdragon77  Best SS in history is very debatable....Ozzie Smith, Cal Ripken Jr. and others.  Although he is prob the most clutch player ever. I will give him that. 

nygiants56
nygiants56

@sbp @nygiants56  He's doing it for the fans?  I admit, I envy your faith in the guys intentions.  Me - too cynical, probably.  I can't believe he did it for any other reason than to draw even more attention to his great career/accomplishments.  And this has a great shot of backfiring on the guy if, as is more likely than his going out strong, he is horrible this year. 

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

@Mel @The_truth_hurts  Its a widely known fact that he has given numerous females herpes, and he shared needles with Giambi and A Rod. Its pathetic if you think about it.

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

@nyy61 @The_truth_hurts  I don't have herpes, so yeah, it is. Without PED's and a stacked line up filled with fellow PED users, this guy is nothing more than a utility player on a AA team. Its pathetic if you think about it.

RD
RD

@Bledred @jdragon77-Great point Bledred, I was going to say the same thing. Jeter is a class act.

nyy61
nyy61

@nygiants56 @sbp  Unlike other athletes, Jeter has never sought the spotlight.  What he didn't want was to have the question posed to him at every stop throughout the year.  This settles the issue. And I believe he's had the opportunity to rehab and will have a more than acceptable year, as he did in 2012, when he was last healthy.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@The_truth_hurts @Mel  If everything you say is a "widely known fact" then show us the proof? The only FACT in your post is that you are a complete liar who hates anyone in the world who has any success. 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@The_truth_hurts @Mel  

I'm open to believing you, but how about some links?  Both the STD and PED things. If it's true, SOMEONE is writing about it, somewhere.


nyy61
nyy61

@The_truth_hurts @nyy61 Absolutely.  Nothing but a AA player. And you can tell him all about it  when that AA player goes into the Hall of Fame.  Enjoy.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@The_truth_hurts You just can't stand the fact that he is one of the best players of his generation, a five-time champion and a class act. Sucks to be miserable and insignificant, doesn't it?