Yankees' Derek Jeter to retire after 2014 season
NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York Yankees all-star shortstop Derek Jeter announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the 2014 season.
"The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball," the Yankees captain said in a 15-paragraph note on posted on his Facebook page.
The 39-year-old Yankees captain missed much of last season because of injuries. He played in just 17 games and hit a career-low .190 with one home run and seven RBIs.
"Through it all, I've never stopped chasing the next [World Series title]. I want to finally stop the chase and take in the world," he wrote.
For his career, Jeter has 3,316 hits with a .312 batting average and 256 home runs.
"I will remember it all: the cheers, the boos, every win, every loss, all the plane trips, the bus rides, the clubhouses, the walks through the tunnel and every drive to and from the Bronx. I have achieved almost every personal and professional goal I have set. I have gotten the very most out of my life playing baseball, and I have absolutely no regrets," he wrote.
A 13-time All-Star who has led the Yankees to five World Series championships, Jeter was limited while trying to recover from a broken left ankle sustained in the 2012 playoffs.
Jeter is the last link to the powerful Yankees teams that won three straight World Series crowns from 1998-2000. Longtime teammates Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte retired after last year.
Jeter called Hal Steinbrenner on Wednesday morning to inform him of his plans to retire, but asked the owner to keep the news quiet, team president Randy Levine told ESPNNewYork.com.
"Derek Jeter is Mr. Yankee of his era," Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner told The Associated Press. "He was the face of one of the greatest teams ever."
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who is also retiring after this season, issued a statement applauding Jeter's remarkable career.
"Derek is the kind of person that generations have emulated proudly, and he remains an exemplary face of our sport," Selig wrote. "He is one of the most accomplished and memorable players of his - or any - era."
Jeter's final series as a Yankee is set to be at Fenway Park against the rival Boston Red Sox, starting September 28.
Within minutes of the announcement, ticket prices for that series started soaring on the web.
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