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Posted: Wednesday, 19 February 2014 3:20PM

Derek Jeter Opens Up About Retirement

It's the end of the line for New York Yankees legend and Kalamazoo Central High School graduate Derek Jeter in Major League Baseball. The shortstop spoke to reporters Wednesday morning at the Yankees' spring training facility in Tampa for the first time since he announced his retirement on Facebook.


Jeter has been a Yankee for his entire career, signing with them out of high school.


He is a 13-time All-Star, five-time World Series champion and a five-time Gold Glove winner at shortstop. Injuries limited Jeter to just 17 games last year, and he admitted that played a role in deciding the time was right after his upcoming 20th big-league season to call it a career. Jeter is expected to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2019 and is at ease with his decision to step away.


He says announcing his retirement before the season starts will result in fewer distractions and questions throughout this year of when he will be done.

Photo credit: - 2006 file photo of Jeter


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