Derek Jeter announces he will retire after 2014 season
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter took to Facebook on Wednesday afternoon to announce that he will retire after the 2014 season.
The 13-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion has spent his entire career with the Yankees. He made his MLB debut in May 1995. The 39-year-old said Wednesday that he made the decision months ago and "could not be more sure" that it's the right time to leave the game:
"It was months ago when I realized that this season would likely be my last. As I came to this conclusion and shared it with my friends and family, they all told me to hold off saying anything until I was absolutely 100 percent sure,” Jeter wrote. “And the thing is, I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart.
"The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball.”
Jeter's announcement comes after a season in which he played only 17 games due to various injuries. In November, the team announced it had a reached a one-year, $12 million deal with its longtime shortstop. In his 19 years with the Yankees -- 2,602 games played -- he has 3,316 hits, 256 home runs and 1,261 RBI and a batting average of .312.VERDUCCI: The 10 most intriguing questions for spring training