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Derek Jeter to Retire at the End of 2014 Season

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (WGGB) — Iconic New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he will retire at the end of the 2014 season.

Jeter made the announcement in a long note on his Facebook page Wednesday that 2014 would be his ‘last year playing professional baseball.”

The 39 year-old spent all 18 of his seasons in professional baseball with the Yankees.

In his statement, Jeter said, “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.” He later added, “I have gotten the very most out of my life playing baseball, and I have absolutely no regrets.”

When Jeter signed his one-year contract at the end of the season in 2013, many suspected it would be Jeter’s last. It comes after his long-time teammates Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettite called it quits in pinstripes.

Injury problems plagued Jeter during the 2013 season, during which he played just 17 games and hit for a .190 average. However, last season hardly told the story of Jeter’s career. It was the first season since the year he was drafted that he played less than 119 games.

The accolades for number 2 are almost too many to list. Jeter has tallied 3,316 hits, 1,261 RBI, and 256 home runs, while hitting for a .312 average throughout his career.

The 13-time All-Star was named Rookie of the Year in 1996, before being named only the 11th captain in franchise history. He went on to become the longest-tenured player with the “C” on his jersey.

Most important of those figures are the five World Series Titles Jeter earned with the Yankees, including in 2000, when he was named World Series MVP.

Just months into what he’s calling his final season, Jeter will turn 40 years old, as he tries to help the Yankees recover from a mediocre 2013 campaign.

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