NEW YORK (PIX11)– Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will retire following the 2014 season after being a staple of New York City sports for almost two decades, he announced Thursday.
Throughout Jeter’s 19 years with the Yanks, he has led them to five World Series crowns (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009) 15 postseason appearances and a huge chest of individual accolades.
Here are some of his best moments:
1. After being decimated by injuries, Yankees call up Derek Jeter from the minor leagues. He makes his Major League Baseball debut on May 29, 1995. It was the start of a new era for the Bronx Bombers, eventhough Jeter had a tough day — he went hitless in five at bats, striking out once.
2. Derek Jeter starts his first game on opening day of 1996 season and slams his first home run during the game. He later earns AL Rookie of the Year and plays in his first postseason. The Yankees defeat the Atlanta Braves to win their first World Series since 1978.
4. In 2000, Derek Jeter was selected as the All-Stat Game’s Most Valuable Player. During the same season, he leads the Yankees to their fourth title in his five years in the MLB. He is chosen as the World Series MVP.
5. Jeter signs a ten-year, $189 million contract before the 2001 season to remain with the Yankees. At the time, Jeter became the second-highest paid athlete across all team sports and auto racing.
6. Following the 2004 season, Jeter was presented with his first Gold Glove Award.
7. At the final game in Yankee Stadium history on Sept. 22, 2008, Jeter made a speech at the request of the Yankees, thanking the Yankees fans for their support.
8. Jeter becomes all-time hits leader as a member of the Yankees (2,722) passing Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig on Sept. 11, 2009.
9. He later reaches 3,000 hits plateau on July 9, 2011. In 2012, he moves into the top ten on the all-time hit list, surpassing Willie Mays.
10. Jeter announces he will retire following the 2014 season after playing professionally for more than 21 years.