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NY Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter announces retirement

By Kathleen Dikibo
On February 12, 2014

Yankees Captain Derek Jeter announced through Facebook Wednesday that 2014 will be the last year he will be playing professional baseball.

Jeter posted a letter to fans. Casey Close, Jeter’s long-time agent, confirmed in an e-mail to the Daily News that the post did indeed come from Jeter.

“Last year was a tough one for me,” Jeter wrote as part of the post. “As I suffered through a bunch of injuries, I realized that some of the things that always came easily to me and were always fun had started to become a struggle. The one thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job, it would be time to move forward," according to the New York Daily News.

Jeter has been the Yankee’s starting shortstop since 1996; he will be turning 40 in June.

"So really 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% sure,” according to USA Today.

He enters his final season with 3,316 hits, 10th on the all-time list. He was the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year, a season in which the Yankees won the first of five World Series championships with him as their shortstop.

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