NEW YORK (PIX11) — Legendary New York Yankee’s shortstop Derek Jeter has announced he will be retiring after the 2014 season.
“I want to start by saying thank you,” Jeter, 39, wrote in a statement released on his official Facebook page. “I know they say that when you dream you eventually wake up. Well for some reason, I’ve never had to wake up. Not just because my time as a New York Yankee but also because I am living my dream every single day.”
“Last year was a tough one for me. As I suffered through a bunch of injuries,” the statement continues. “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.”
Jeter has played with the Yankees since 1995 and has been the team’s captain since 2003.
“For the last 20 years I’ve been completely focused on two goals: playing my best and helping the Yankees win. That means that for 365 days a year, my every thought and action were geared toward that goal. It’s now time for something new.”
Over his storied career, Jeter has won five World Series Championships.
“NY has always pushed me to be my best. They have embraced me, loved me, respected me and have ALWAYS been there for me,” Jeter continued.