Yankees SS Derek Jeter announced today he will retire at the conclusion of the upcoming season. Jeter will turn 40 in June and is entering his 19th MLB season, and 23rd overall professional season, all with the Yankees organization. The Yankee captain is one of the most iconic figures in the game today, having won 5 World Series titles (1996, 1998-2000, 2009) and winning the 2000 World Series MVP award. He will surely be most remembered for his play in the postseason play, as a lifetime .308 hitter in postseason play, including a .321 clip in 38 World Series games. Jeter also has 20 homers and 61 RBI in his 158 career postseason games. During Jeter’s career, the Yankees were 10-6 in the AL Division Series, 7-3 in the AL Championship Series, and 5-2 in the World Series.
As for the regular season, Jeter hit for a .312 career average, collecting 3,316 hits, good for 9th all-time. Also, despite not being known for his power, he hit 256 career homers, which is over 13 per season. He is the all-time Yankees leader in games played, at bats, hits, and stolen bases, and will only add to his records this year. Any time you are the all-time Yankees leader in any category, much less 4 categories, you’ve had a pretty good career.
Jeter will surely be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and will be eligible with the 2020 balloting. As of right now, there are not any members of the late-1990s Yankee dynasty in the Hall of Fame except for Wade Boggs (Yankee from 1993-97, but in the Hall of Fame with a Red Sox cap on his plaque), although manager Joe Torre will be inducted this summer and closer Mariano Rivera, who retired last year and is also very likely a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte will also have a good shot at Hall of Fame election, and Roger Clemens is on the ballot but, so far, hasn’t gotten the required 75% of the vote. I also fully expect Jeter’s #2 will be retired by the Yankees at the end of the year.
Jeter announced his retirement on Facebook, and you can read his statement on his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/derekjeter (this link will even work for those without a Facebook account)