published by Keith Gendron
David Wright on Jeter’s retirement after 2014 season: “I was fortunate as a young player in this town to be able to watch how Derek Jeter conducted himself on and off the field. I had the privilege to call Derek a teammate during the World Baseball Classic and got to see firsthand how to lead by example. I’ve always been a big Derek Jeter fan for what he has done on the baseball field. I became an even bigger fan after getting to know Derek and learning there is more to this game than what goes on between the lines. Excluding the Subway Series, I wish him all the best in his final season.”
2014 will mark the end of an era for the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball. Derek Jeter announced that this baseball season will be his last in baseball. Its a rarity in this day and age to see ballplayers play their entire career with one organization, let alone a 21 year career. He will turn 40 just before the All-Star break and I hope he can remain healthy and go out on a high note, helping leading the Yankees back to the post-season as he has done for years. He has helped lead the Yankees to 7 world series appearances, winning 5, and three-in-a-row from 1998-2000. He has always been clutch and did whatever it takes to win or put the team in position to win. He is the ultimate competitor, relentless and was always focused on the task at hand. Playing in New York under a microscope, he got the job done. He is the ultimate definition of captain, always putting the team before himself. You didn’t read about him getting in trouble in his private life, and he played the game “clean”. No you won’t find his name listed on the Mitchell report.
I salute all he has done for baseball and although as a Met fan, I despised him for many years, Derek Jeter was a great ballplayer. The numbers are very good, but it was the intangibles and leadership, and his ability to be clutch that makes him great. Yes, fans will truly miss him and the game will be trying to groom someone to carry the torch, but they will fall short, but baseball will certainly go on.
Yes, I hope he can stay healthy. So, he can connect the winning attitude he brought back to the organization in his first full season in 1996, to the team he will be playing his farewell tour with in 2014.
Derek Jeters career stats from baseballreference.com below