(WXYZ) - Longtime New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced Wednesday that he will retire following the 2014 season.
Jeter made his announcement in a facebook post. To read the full statement,
Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig issued the following statement upon Jeter's announcement:
"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 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."
After a stellar career at Kalamazoo Center High School, where he was named USA Today Player of the Year and Gatorade Athlete of the Year, Jeter was drafted by the Yankees in 1992. He made his Major League debut in 1995, but didn't win the starting shortstop job until 1996.
That season, Jeter won the rookie of the year award and played a major role in New York winning its first of four World Series titles in five seasons.
During his career in New York, Jeter was a part of five World Series championship and seven American League championship teams. He was named MVP of the 2000 World Series when the Yankees beat the New York Mets in five games.
That same season, he was also named MVP of the All-Star Game.
Jeter became the first Yankee to record 3,000 career hits and he accomplished the feat in dramatic fashion, belting a home run to left field for hit #3,000 on July 9, 2011.
Jeter has been named to 13 All-Star teams and has won five Gold Glove awards.
Jeter broke his ankle during the 2012 American League Championship Series against the Tigers and was hampered by a slow recovery and a series of setbacks as he attempted to return in 2013.
He played in just 17 games during the 2013 season, batting .190 with seven RBIs.
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