Last year, New York Yankees’ fans went on the emotional roller coaster that were Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte‘s final season in pinstripes. This year, Yankees’ fans will have one more player that will go on his retirement tour.
Earlier today, Yankees’ captain and shortstop, Derek Jeter, announced via his Facebook page in a letter to fans that the 2014 season will be his last in pinstripes. This season will be Jeter’s 20th season in pinstripes. In his letter to fans, this is what he wrote:
I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball.
Jeter missed most of last season due to continued setbacks with an ankle injury that he suffered in Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS against the Detroit Tiger. However, Jeter has been the epitome of New York’s success over two decades due to winning five World Series Championships. Whether it was making flip plays to home, his signature throw from the left field grass, or diving into the stands, Jeter always gave it all for the fans.
In his letter, Jeter also said he wanted to focus on business and philanthropic work in terms of things he wants to do when his career is over. One thing that we know for sure is the 2014 season will bring more emotion as Jeter has his retirement tour. Ultimately, Jeter hopes for a better end than when the Yankees sent Rivera and Pettitte off last year. That end would hopefully be, for the Captain, another World Series title.