Let the “Farewell Captain” tour begin. Derek Jeter announced today through his Facebook page that he will retire at the end of the season, making 2014 his last.
“I have achieved almost every personal and professional goal I have set,” Jeter said as part of his statement on Facebook. “I have gotten the very most out of my life playing baseball, and I have absolutely no regrets. Now it is time for a new chapter.”
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig released this statement upon hearing the news:
“In the 21-plus years in which I have served as Commissioner, Major League Baseball has had no finer ambassador than Derek Jeter. 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.”
Derek Jeter will go down as one of the greatest Yankees, one of the greatest players, and one of the greatest ambassadors the sport has ever seen.
His career accomplishments are never ending: 5-time World Series champion, 13-time all-star, 2000 World Series MVP, 2000 All-Star Game MVP, 1996 AL Rookie of the Year, over 3,000 career hits, most hits in Yankee Stadium history, all-time postseason leader in hits, games played, extra-base hits and runs scored, and the longest tenured captain in Yankees history.
Jeter retiring signals the official end of the core four that was made up of Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and Jeter. That group led the Yankees to 5 World Series championships from 1996 through 2009. After 2014, they will be no more.
Once Jeter hangs up his cleats for the final time, his next step will be Cooperstown, New York where he could become the first unanimous selection in Hall of Fame history come 2020.
Mark your calendars: Jeter’s final Yankee Stadium regular season game will take place on September 25th against the Orioles, and his final regular game will take place in of all places, Fenway Park on the 28th.