New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced Wednesday that he was retiring after the 2014 season.
He made the announcement on Facebook in a long letter to fans.
“I want to start by saying thank you,” Jeter wrote. He mentioned how the 2013 season was difficult for him due to multiple injuries.
“I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball,” he said.
Jeter has played for the Yankees during his entire MLB career. He first donned the pinstripes in 1995 and won rookie of the year in 1996. He won the World Series five times, along with a slew of other awards.
He will almost certainly be voted into the Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in 2020.
“I will remember it all: the cheers, the boos, every win, every loss, all the plane trips, the bus rides, the clubhouses, the walks through the tunnel and every drive to and from the Bronx,” Jeter wrote. “I have achieved almost every personal and professional goal I have set. I have gotten the very most out of my life playing baseball, and I have absolutely no regrets.”
He has not said what he plans on doing after he retires.