Derek Jeter Retires after 20 Years
Widely viewed as one of the greatest Yankees of all time, Derek Jeter has announced that he will be hanging up his uniform after the 2014 season.
No matter what MLB team you root for, it is hard not to be a fan of Derek Jeter. Amidst all the performance enhancing drug scandals of the past few decades in the majors, it is refreshing to have players like Jeter as reliable role models for aspiring athletes of all ages.
After being drafted in 1992, Jeter committed his career to the Yankees, fulfilling his dream of playing for his favorite team. Not only has he been a leader for his team, Jeter has been a model player on both offense and defense.
During his professional career, Derek Jeter has earned five World Series rings and one MVP title; he has played in thirteen MLB All-Star games, earned five Silver Slugger Awards and as many Gold Gloves; the Captain’s career will come to a close with well over 3,000 hits – and this only scratches the surface.
Derek Jeter is a true professional. You have to respect a man who achieves so much with that all-in-a-day’s-work attitude. He’s a good sport and a great athlete; and this season the 40-year-old shortstop’s career will come to a close.
In light of multiple injuries in recent seasons, Jeter’s decision to step down after the 2014 season is likely a wise move for his health. In the past four seasons, the Yankees captain has battled a series of injuries to the foot and ankle, significantly hindering his performance both offensively and defensively.
Though Derek Jeter’s fans might not want to see him go, his retirement brings a chance for new beginnings. For every veteran player who hangs up his glove, a spot opens up for young and upcoming talent. As spring training gets underway for Jeter’s last season, we know that the boys in the minors will be training hard for their shot in the big leagues next year.