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New York Yankee shortstop and captain Derek Jeter announced on his Facebook page on Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the 2014 season. Last year, he played in just 17 games due to a broken left ankle. He hit just .190 with one home run and seven RBIs. Because of the injury, last year was a tough one for Jeter, and that helped him make the decision to retire this year. Jeter was the number six overall selection in 1992. He made his major league debut in 1995 with the Yankees, where he has played his entire career. He won the American League Rookie of the Year in 1996, his first full season. In 19 seasons, he is a .319 hitter with 256 home runs and 1,261 RBIs. His 3,316 career hits leads the Yankees and puts him 10th on the all-time hit list. Jeter is a 13-time All-Star and has won five World Series titles. He is a five-time Gold Glove winner also.
Jeter joins former Yankees pitchers Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte as Yankee players who have retired recently. With all that he has accomplished, it’s amazing that Jeter hasn’t been the American League MVP. He has been the MVP of the World Series, but not for the American League. Jeter is one of the best Yankees ever and one of the best to ever play the game. He will join Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and others as Yankee greats. He is a future Hall of Famer. As Jeter prepares for his final season, here are the top 10 moments of his career.
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