New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter announced on Facebook Wednesday that the 2014 MLB season will be his last. He wrote in a long post that he was grateful that he’d gotten to live his dream for the past 20 years.
“From the time I was a kid, my dream was always very vivid and it never changed: I was going to be the shortstop for the NY Yankees. It started as an empty canvas more than 20 years ago, and now that I look at it, it’s almost complete,” the famed shortstop wrote.
But, Jeter said, his injuries in the last year have taken a toll on his playing. He played only 17 major league games in the 2013 season after fracturing his left ankle.
“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,” he wrote. At the end of the post, he hinted at future philanthropic and business plans.
Here’s Derek Jeter’s Facebook message:
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