Derek Jeter To Retire After 2014

Legendary Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced today on his Facebook page that he will retire after the 2014 season (hat tip to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, whose colleague Mark Feinsand tweets that agent Casey Close has confirmed the retirement). Jeter, who turns 40 in June, re-signed with the Yankees — the only franchise he's ever played for — earlier in the off-season. 

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The coming season will be Jeter's 20th MLB campaign (though he saw just 51 plate appearances in his first taste of MLB action at age 21). Taken with the sixth overall pick of the 1992 draft, Jeter performed consistently in his rise through the system, and never looked back upon making the Yankees. Since becoming a full-time big leaguer in 1996, Jeter went 17 straight years with at least 542 trips to the dish. Over that stretch, Jeter posted a composite .313/.382/.448 line with 255 home runs and 348 stolen bases. Needless to say, his standard of consistent excellence has been matched by few others.

That run of good health came to an end last year, which Jeter says is a major reason for his decision today. "Last year was a tough one for me," said Jeter. "As I suffered through a bunch of injuries, I realized that some of the things that always came easily to me and were always fun had started to become a struggle." 

Indeed, while things always did seem to come easily to the shortstop, he was perhaps better known for his hard work and leadership. The Yanks' emergence from mediocrity and notable run of success aligns quite clearly with his career: the team qualified for the post-season in all but two of Jeter's seasons (2008 and 2013). Over that span, the team won added five World Series victories to New York's tally. And Jeter was even better in the post-season, posting a lifetime .308/.374/.465 triple-slash in a remarkable 734 career post-season plate appearances.

Along the way, of course, Jeter racked up ample amounts of individual hardware, including 13 All-Star appearances, five Silver Sluggers, the 1996 AL Rookie of the Year Award, and the 2000 World Series MVP. Somewhat surprisingly, particularly given his high profile, he never took home an American League MVP nod.

He was also awarded five Gold Glove awards, somewhat more controversially. Proponents of advanced metrics argue that Jeter has actually been rather a poor defensive shortstop: though he makes few errors, neither does he have much range. (Jeter has been worth -147 Defensive Runs Saved and a -67.8 UZR.)

Whatever one thinks of Jeter as a defender, he has unquestionably put up a Hall of Fame-worthy career. That inevitability was likely sealed when he notched his 3,000th hit, but is also supported by the numbers. Jeter has racked up a total of 71.6 rWAR and 73.8 fWAR to date, which places him at 58th and 45th, respectively, on the all-time list of position players. As Dave Cameron of Fangraphs argues, Jeter falls short of only Cal Ripken in total production among full-time shortstops since Honus Wagner retired in 1917. (Though, to be fair, Jeter is quite close to several other shortstops in both fWAR and rWAR, and falls behind several of them according to the latter metric.)

Those wins did not come cheap, however. Once his 2014 earnings are in the bag, Jeter will have earned over $265MM over his career. For sake of comparison, Chipper Jones — who racked up 85.1 rWAR over 1995-2012 — took down nearly $100MM less in his time in the bigs. And Carlos Beltran, who has been worth 67.5 rWAR since 1998, will reach just under $206MM by the time his new contract expires after 2016.

For the Yankees, Jeter's retirement confirms what had been suspected: the team needs a new shortstop for 2015 and beyond. Though Brendan Ryan will remain under contract, he does not profile as a starter on a team that hopes to win championships. At least one team executive told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that he did not know that Jeter planned to retire (Twitter link), so it is at least conceivable that today's announcement could have some impact on whether New York looks to make any more moves before embarking on the 2014 season.


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141 Comments on "Derek Jeter To Retire After 2014"


rovert22044
1 year 5 months ago

One of the classiest players in sports history. I wish him nothing but the best. First ballot Hall of Famer for sure.

Collateral96
1 year 5 months ago

Too bad he won’t be elected till 2019

DMoney1184
1 year 5 months ago

That will be here before you know it.

Chris1G
1 year 5 months ago

I’m buying my tickets now

East Coast Bias
1 year 5 months ago

This is the right call.

Congrats to The Captain for an amazing career, and a first ballot HoFer.

IdontknowwhyIpostonforums
1 year 5 months ago

Hmm, wouldn’t this be a great time to offer Drew a 3 or 4 year deal?

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

no JJ and Hanley are FA next year and are better SS than Drew

monkeyking42
1 year 5 months ago

Good chance both those guys get extended.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

Hanley yes, JJ not so much

Metsfan93
1 year 5 months ago

there was an MLBtr post just a few days ago about how the Orioles felt they could extend Hardy pretty easily..

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

The O’s have said a lot this offseason and done very little….

Metsfan93
1 year 5 months ago

Extensions are different than free agents, and they’ve already extended Hardy once in recent memory.

DMoney1184
1 year 5 months ago

If I’m the Orioles, why would I spend millions to extend Hardy when I have a ready-made replacement in Machado, have Matt Wieters and Chris Davis set to reach free agency after 2015 and really, really need to find an ace or two to bring to Baltimore if I have any hope of legitimately trying to compete in the A.L. East? Yeah, Hardy’s a good player but you can’t have everything.

Bertin Lefkovic
1 year 5 months ago

Is Hardy really a better defensive SS than Drew? If not, I would prefer Drew’s LH bat in Yankee Stadium to Hardy’s RH bat. If Hanley has another huge season, he is going to cost $20+MM a year for 6-8 years, while Drew can be had for 4 years and $48MM. I would play it safe with Drew.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

UZR like JJ a lot more than Drew defensively and his RH power swing would do just fine in NY

LazerTown
1 year 5 months ago

Hardy is considered to be elite defensively, whereas Drew is probably more average.

godzillacub
1 year 5 months ago

Woah. I think Drew can be had for much lower than 4/48 at this point.

johnsilver
1 year 5 months ago

NY tolerated jeter for years because of who he was and that’s not a knock on jeter. They won’t be forgiving of Ramirez, who has lousy footwork and double clutches the ball fairly often on throws to 1b for no apparent reason.

Drew? This could be a timing thing.. We don’t know It give him a year to play another position, then swing back to SS. Hardy IMO resigns with Baltimore, he seems to like it there, but there could be other fixes, like glove only Barney with the Cubs before they find a LT solution after 2014.

John Cate
1 year 5 months ago

They “tolerated” Jeter because his bat more than made up for any defensive shortcomings. If you’re 15 runs worse than an average shortstop defensively, but 65 runs better with the bat, that plus-50 counts exactly the same as if you have the young Ozzie Smith doing it the opposite way.

Hanley as a shortstop is tolerated for the same reason as Jeter, but that’s academic. The Dodgers won’t let him walk.

DMoney1184
1 year 5 months ago

Watching Eduardo Nunez (among others) play shortstop in Jeter’s stead over the past few years, it didn’t seem like watching Jeter play short qualified much “tolerating”. Yeah, he lost range as the years went on but at least he made the plays on the balls that were hit at him and made solid throws to first like 98% of the time, it seems. When the ball was hit in Nunez’s direction, I quickly would bow my head and say a prayer.

LazerTown
1 year 5 months ago

They already have Ryan if they need a glove only player.

Pedro Natera
1 year 5 months ago

Asdrubal cabrera will be the perfect fit if he doesn’t get extended by the indians

DMoney1184
1 year 5 months ago

Cabrera’s OPS has dropped for 3 straight seasons, his BA was only .242 last season and he rates low on defensive metrics. He has a lot to show before he hits free agency.

Collateral96
1 year 5 months ago

Agreed have to do something now as much as I love Jeter they need to set themselves up for the future and post Jeter era that’s even closer to reality than before

DMiles5149
1 year 5 months ago

Drew for 3 or 4 years? I hope not

Collateral96
1 year 5 months ago

Do you think that they’ll hold off on Drew and maybe just wait another year?

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start_wearing_purple
1 year 5 months ago

As a Red Sox fan I was hoping they’d overpay to keep him on the roster. As a baseball fan I’m happy he’s exiting on his own terms. Congrats on you career Mr. Jeter. Enjoy the Hall.

Chris
1 year 5 months ago

I respect and will always respect The Captain. Not a big fan of Yankees, but I dislike them less than I do Phillies and Nationals, but Jeter will always go down as one of the best in the game.

Puig Power
1 year 5 months ago

Let the Jeter retirement tour begin!

idk
1 year 5 months ago

Thanks for the memories.

EVIL EMPIRE
1 year 5 months ago

Class act, thanks for all the wonderful memories and enjoy the sunset. Now let’s go get #28!!!!!

Chris Harihar
1 year 5 months ago

There was never a truer sign that I’m officially a grown up than seeing Derek Jeter retire.

EVIL EMPIRE
1 year 5 months ago

Just because you are older doesn’t mean you’ve grown up :)

MB923
1 year 5 months ago

Thanks for the memories Captain.

coreif
1 year 5 months ago

Oh Captain my Captain.

frogbogg
1 year 5 months ago

So long, Capt.Yanks gonna pounce on Drew now.

Yettyskill
1 year 5 months ago

Who’s leaving him off their ballot 1st year? Can’t wait

pmollan
1 year 5 months ago

Glad he announced. Now all MLB cities he visits this season can properly show their appreciation for his career.

Eric Droegemeier
1 year 5 months ago

No they shouldn’t. Teams should not be under obligation to give Jeter expensive gifts and ceremonies. The Yankees can do that. But other teams should feel no obligation WHATSOEVER

1 year 5 months ago

Where did he say it was an obligation. It’s not like this is a new thing. Teams will want to do this because it gives THEM major press. Same thing that went down for Mo will go down for Jetes. It’s not an obligation, it should be an honor.

Mo Vaughn
1 year 5 months ago

Don’t forget Chipper, as far as recent ones go. They always do it for those future HOF guys who did everything for their teams and then some.

NYBravosFan10
1 year 5 months ago

They did it for Mariano Rivera, can’t remember if they did it for Helton.

Mo Vaughn
1 year 5 months ago

I didn’t mention Rivera because John already did (Mo). I don’t think they did for Helton, but maybe I just missed them.

DMoney1184
1 year 5 months ago

Helton didn’t announce in the beginning of the year that it was his last season. In fact, he waited until there were only like 10 games left or something. I imagine if he had, teams would have had a little ceremony to honor him. It seems like if you were a star for 15-20 years (especially if it was all with just one team–Mo, Chipper, Jeter) AND had no nasty rumors of PEDs floating around, you got that treatment.

pmollan
1 year 5 months ago

Eric, I actually meant baseball fans in other cities can see him and show their appreciation for his career- say a standing ovation. I doubt other teams are in any way “obligated” to get him something nice.

DMoney1184
1 year 5 months ago

Obligated? No. But they will because it’s a tax write-off, good P.R. –really no good reason to NOT do it at the end of the day. Plus, if they announce that they are honoring Derek Jeter before the game, it might sell a handful of tickets more.

pmollan
1 year 5 months ago

DMoney, I agree. However some Red Sox fans are having a hard time with it…

DMoney1184
1 year 5 months ago

The Red Sox found a way to have a good time with Mo’s retirement ceremony last season. I imagine they’ll do a similar tongue-in-cheek ceremony for Jeter this year.

LazerTown
1 year 5 months ago

Did you see what Mariano got?
These teams are running $80M+ payrolls and you are talking about little knick knacks. Most of the cost was them giving donations to Mariano’s charity.

johnbrooks
1 year 5 months ago

They’ve did it for Chipper Jones, Mariano Rivera, and Cal Ripken Jr. Don’t see where they dont do it for Jeter.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

Someone will really need to step up and take a leadership roll in the clubhouse now that Jeter, Mariano and Pettitte will be gone

East Coast Bias
1 year 5 months ago

ARod comes back next season.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

so someone will really need to step up and take a leadership role in 2015

livestrong77nyyankz
1 year 5 months ago

McCann and CC are most likely to do so.

Bertin Lefkovic
1 year 5 months ago

Pass the torch to McCann.

EVIL EMPIRE
1 year 5 months ago

Ellsbury and Teixeira are also voices of integrity

EarlyMorningBoxscore
1 year 5 months ago

Ells was never really vocal as a leader in Boston. Now that could have been because there were other guys a head of him that were, but I don’t see him being a vocal leader in NY. He has always been a guy who just goes out and plays hard. Maybe that’ll be his way of leading.

EVIL EMPIRE
1 year 5 months ago

There is no need for him to be vocal, some of the best leaders lead by example. In fact, I never thought Jeter was that vocal, I mean he always fooled around with the guys but I would say he, for the most part, led by example

DMoney1184
1 year 5 months ago

I have to imagine, with the career he’s had, Beltran merits respect in any clubhouse.

marinest21
1 year 5 months ago

He saved the best year for his last – No A-Rod in the clubby.

Koufax Holmes
1 year 5 months ago

One of my favorite things was when NYY traded for A-Rod, they made him switch positions. Not even the guy who many were calling the future GOAT was going to supplant Jeter at SS. Loyalty. Texas moved Michael Young to 3B to make room for Elvis Andrus, then moved him again to make room for Adrian Beltre.

LazerTown
1 year 5 months ago

It’s the Yankees way. They really respect their veterans, and takes something major to supplant them.

DMoney1184
1 year 5 months ago

People are still calling A-Road a goat. Just not in a good way any more.

rct
1 year 5 months ago

That was more because Jeter refused to move, not because the Yankees decided to move A-Rod.

DMoney1184
1 year 5 months ago

As I recall, they never even approached Jeter with the idea. A-Rod agreeing to move to third was a prerequisite for the trade. At the time, the Yankees also had second base open (not much of a challenge, to push Enrique Wilson aside) but that would have been a waste of A-Rod’s strong arm.

UltimateYankeeFan
1 year 5 months ago

Not surprised in the least. Wish him the best.

Mulato246
1 year 5 months ago

This is the right decision. It’s still going to be really sad when he retires. Thanks for everything Captain

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 5 months ago

I was 6 when this man got his first hit, and since then he’s been a large part of the reason I love baseball as much as I do today. In perhaps the worst age of rolemodels ever, Derek Jeter stood out and lead by example. Favorite player ever.

alexamato
1 year 5 months ago

The epitome of class. In parallel to ARod, he kept playing well, while keeping the Yankees in his heart, and exuding a level of professionalism unparalleled to any mlb player. SUREFIRE 1st ballot HOF’er