New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced Wednesday that the 2014 season will be his last.
“The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball,” the Yankees captain said in a 15-paragraph note on Facebook.
Jeter has five World Series titles, 13 All-Star team selections, five Silver Sluggers and five Gold Gloves in a 20-years Major League Baseball career.
“It was months ago when I realized that this season would likely be my last,” Jeter wrote. “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.
“And the thing is, I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart.”
Jeter’s 3,316 hits are the 10th most among the game’s all-time career leaders. He is just three hits shy of passing Paul Molitor for ninth place, and could finish as high as sixth on the list if he remains healthy through the 2014 season.
“In the 21-plus years in which I have served as Commissioner, Major League Baseball has had no finer ambassador than Derek Jeter,” Commissioner Bud Selig said. “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 is the kind of person that generations have emulated proudly, and he remains an exemplary face of our sport. Major League Baseball looks forward to celebrating his remarkable career throughout the 2014 season.”