Tuesday September 16th, 2014

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said Derek Jeter is not just the captain of the New York Yankees, but of all baseball. 

Jeter is retiring at the end of the season following a 20-year career with New York.

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"Jeter is somebody that, he's not just the captain of the Yankees, he's the captain of all of baseball," Harper said. "He's the true baseball player, and the guy that you want to be like on and off the field. He's somebody that I've looked up my whole career. Being able to play against him was something that, you know, I'll never forget."

Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen also had kind words about the Yankees shortstop.

"Derek Jeter plays the game the right way. He does everything the right way and that's what made him the person that he is on top of the player that he is."

Jeter is batting .250 with three home runs and 40 RBI this season for the Yankees.

New York is 76-73 and 13.5 games behind the Orioles in the A.L. East. The Yankees are 6.0 games behind the Royals for the final Wild Card spot.

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(h/t MLB.TV)

- Paul Palladino

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