New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter announced Wednesday he will hang up his pinstripes after the 2014 season, ending a pro baseball career that was spent exclusively with the team.
The 39-year-old shortstop made the announcement in a Facebook post.
In it, he said, "For the last 20 years I've been completely focused on two goals: playing my best and helping the Yankees win. That means that for 365 days a year, my every thought and action were geared toward that goal. It's now time for something new."
Jeter went on to say he hopes to lead the Yankees to one more championship. He also said once his baseball career is over he plans to focus on business and philanthropic endeavors and would like to start a family.
Jeter, who spent most of the 2013 season on the disabled list, signed a one-year, $12 million contract back in November.
During his career, the lifetime .312 hitter helped the Yankees take home five World Series championships and was named an MLB All-Star 13 times.
When he was a kid, he said he had one dream and it was as clear as day, he would one day play shortstop for the New York Yankees.
That dream began to take shape when he was chosen 6th overall by the Yankees in the 1992 amateur draft. His dream came true when he made his major league debut in 1995 and then became the Yankees starting shortstop for the 1996 season.
He would go on to collect 22 hits in the post season, including the infamous "Jeffrey Maier" home run in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Orioles, it would be the first of Jeter's 20 career postseason home runs.
Jeter would shine on the biggest New York stage of all in 2000 when he was named MVP of the subway series as the Yankees knocked off the Mets in five games to win their 4th championship in the first five years of Jeter's career. The sky was the limit for Jeter and the Yankees, but it would be a long time before the Yanks tasted another title.
But that doesn’t mean there weren't unbelievable moments over the next decade for the Yankees shortstop
Jeter was named Yankees captain in June of 2003 and one of the defining plays of Jeter's career came at the old stadium on July 1, 2004 against Boston, diving head first into the stands after making an over the shoulder grab. A dazed and bloody Jeter arose from the seats, an image that will never leave the minds or hearts of Yankee fans everywhere.
On July 9, 2011, Jeter collected his 3,000th hit in dramatic fashion, with a home run off Tampa's David Price. Jeter had five hits on the day as he became the second player in Major League Baseball history to record 3,000 hits as a shortstop.
Now, approaching the age of 40 in June, the Yankee captain has announced this will be his last season, so many memories for the fans over a 20 year career and maybe there will be room for a few more in 2014. After that there's one more stop, Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame, five years down the road.
Fans expressed shock and sadness at the news.
"It's shocking for me because I'm, a big fan of the Yankees. I can't believe it, after Mariano and Andy Pettitte," said one fan.
"It was kind of shocking, but I kind of know why he's retiring," said another.