For the second straight year, the Yankees will see off one of their stars this season, as shortstop Derek Jeter announced Wednesday he will retire after the 2014 season.
“I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart,’’ Jeter said in making the announcement on his Facebook page.
Jeter, 39, will exit the Yankees just one season after longtime teammate Mariano Rivera.
A five-time World Series champion, Jeter has been the Yankees’ principal shortstop since entering the big leagues in 1995.
“For the past 20 years I’ve been completely focused on two goals: playing my best and helping the Yankees win,’’ he said.
Jeter’s career highlights include 3,316 hits, 525 doubles, 256 home runs, 1,876 runs scored and 1,261 RBIs. He is a 13-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner.
Said Jeter, “I want to finally stop the chase and take in the world.’’
Commissioner Bud Selig praised Jeter after the decision. “Since his championship rookie season of 1996, Derek has represented all the best of the national pastime on and off the field,’’ Selig said. “He is one of the most accomplished and memorable players of his — or any — era.’’
Jeter will forever be linked with the Red Sox, against whom he competed in the AL East. Jeter played three AL Championship Series against Boston, winning two (1999, 2003) and infamously losing the last in 2004.
The Yankees are scheduled to end the regular season against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sept. 28.