Derek Jeter says the 2014 season will be his last.
Jeter posted a lengthy note on his facebook page thanking everyone from ownership to the fans. The shortstop of the New York Yankees has been playing at the big league level since 1995.
“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.”
Jeter, 39, is hoping to go out in much the same way that another Yankee did last season in Mariano Rivera.
“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 in 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.”
Entering his 20th season at the big league level, Jeter is a lock for Cooperstown. Already he has 3316 hits to his credit to go along with being known as the face of the Yankees during their most recent dynasty.
Last season Jeter hit .190 in 17 games while dealing with multiple ankle injuries.