He is known now as Captain, he will be known soon as a Hall-of-Famer, and he will forever be remembered as a legend. Derek Jeter retired from baseball at the end of the 2014 season leaving the sport with a storied list of statistics, championships, and personal achievements.
Jeter ended his career at shortstop in Yankee Stadium on Sept. 25 in a game against the Orioles. Jeter came up to bat in the ninth inning and hit a walk-off single to win the game 6-5. Jeter decided to play as a designated hitter in the final road series so he could play his last game as a shortstop at home.
The night was special for Yankee fans and a fitting farewell to Jeter, but the biggest challenge lies ahead for this franchise. Jeter’s spot needs to be filled, and the Yankees will be naming a new captain for the first time in over a decade.
Derek Jeter played all 20 of his seasons in the MLB with the New York Yankees. He retired as the Yankees all-time leader in hits, doubles, games played, stolen bases, times on base, plate appearances, and at bats.
Jeter has been to 14 all-star games, received five golden glove awards, five silver slugger awards, and was named rookie of the year in his debut season. Jeter was appointed captain for the Yankees in 2003 and has contributed to five World Series championships in New York.
Jeter is regarded by fans, players, and coaches to be one of the best players in the modern era of baseball.