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Derek Jeter announces he will retire after 2014 season

02.12.14 at 2:29 pm ET
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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced in a statement on Facebook that he will retire after the 2014 season. Jeter, who will turn 40 in June, played just 17 games last season while battling through a variety of injuries.

“Last year was a tough one for me,” Jeter said in the statement. “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.

“So really it was months ago when I realized that this season would likely be my last. 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.

“And the thing is, I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last season playing professional baseball.”

In 19 seasons with the Yankees, Jeter has compiled a .312 average, 3,316 hits, 256 home runs, 1,261 RBIs and 1,876 runs scored. He is a 13-time all-star and he’s finished in the top 10 in MVP voting eight times.

The Yankees end the 2014 regular season at Fenway Park on the final weekend of September, meaning Jeter’s last game could potentially come at the home of his longtime rivals.

To read Jeter’s full statement on Facebook, click here.

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