Derek Jeter to retire at the end of 2014 season

Derek Jeter to retire at the end of 2014 season

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Derek Jeter to retire at the end of 2014 season

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by GABE LACQUES / USA TODAY Sports

NWCN.com

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 12:24 PM

Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop whose star-studded career coincided with the revival of baseball's most iconic franchise, announced that the 2014 season will be his last.

In a post on his Facebook fan page, Jeter, 39, said the 2013 season – in which he played just 17 games due to a broken ankle – " was a tough one for me," and that "some of the things that came easy to me became a struggle."

"So really it was months ago when I realized that this season would likely be my last," Jeter wrote. "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."

He enters his final season with 3,316 hits, 10th on the all-time list. He was the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year, a season in which the Yankees won the first of five World Series championships with him as their shortstop.?

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