MLB: New York Yankees' Derek Jeter confirms 2014 will be last year in the majors
Last Updated: 13/02/14 7:08am
Derek Jeter: final season for New York Yankees stalwart
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he will retire after this season.
Jeter posted a long letter on his Facebook account Wednesday, confirming 2014 will be his last year of playing professional baseball.
The 39-year-old Yankees captain missed much of last season because of injuries.
"I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball."
"I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball," he wrote.
Jeter was the last link to the powerful Yankees teams that won three straight World Series crowns from 1998-2000. Longtime team-mates Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte retired after last year.
"Last year was a tough one for me. As I suffered through a bunch of injuries, I realised that some of the things that always came easily to me and were always fun had started to become a struggle," Jeter wrote.
"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.
"So really it was months ago when I realised that this season would likely be my last. 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 percent sure.
"And the thing is, I could not be more sure."
Jeter is the Yankees' career hits leader with 3,316. He is a lifetime .312 hitter in 19 seasons, with 256 home runs and 1,261 RBIs.
Jeter has scored 1,876 runs and stolen 348 bases. He also is a five-time Gold Glove winner.