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Derek Jeter Will Retire After 2014 Season

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees looks on from the on-deck circle in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on July 19, 2012 in Oakland, California.
Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees looks on from the on-deck circle in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on July 19, 2012 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson—Getty Images

The Yankees captain said in a Facebook post that he was grateful he’d gotten to live his dream for the past 20 years, but that injuries were taking a toll

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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