Derek Jeter, face of the Yankees, set to retire after 2014 season

Derek Jeter experienced plenty of champagne baths during his time in New York.Credit: Getty Images
Derek Jeter experienced plenty of champagne baths during his time in New York.
Credit: Getty Images

The face of the franchise is calling it quits.

Derek Jeter, the captain of the Yankees, a future Hall of Famer and maybe the greatest shortstop of all time, has announced he will retire after the 2014 season.

“I’ve never stopped chasing the next [World Series title],” Jeter wrote on Facebook Wednesday afternoon. “I want to finally stop the chase and take in the world.”

Jeter, who will turn 40 during this season, dealt with the toughest season of his career in 2013. He broke his left ankle in the 2012 American League Championship Series against Detroit and never managed to get over the hump health-wise in 2013.

He admitted he rushed back to try to be ready for last year’s spring training and suffered a second fracture as a result. The setback kept him out of commission until July 11. He pulled his right quad in his first game back in Kansas City, and returned to the disabled list after a calf injury Aug. 2. He shut it down for the season Sept. 7 after injuring his surgically repaired left ankle.

“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.”

Jeter follows in the footsteps of good friend Mariano Rivera, who retired after last season — and also announced he would be playing only one more season in the spring.

While he started his career in 1995 as a top prospect, Jeter achieved a level of fame no one could have ever foreseen.

He dated A-list celebrities, starred in television commercials, hosted “Saturday Night Live,” played himself in blockbuster movies like “The Other Guys” and “Anger Management” and was named the most-recognizable player in baseball by Nielsen Media Research.

Of course, on the field he won five World Series titles, five Gold Gloves, five Silver Slugger Awards and went to 13 All-Star Games. He crossed 3,000 hits in spectacular fashion with a home run in July 2010 and currently stands at 10th all time in hits. Jeter never won an MVP award — he finished second in 2006 — but he did win Rookie of the Year in 1996.

In 2019, he’ll go into Cooperstown.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports.


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