Goodbye Derek

1098376_1402070210011699_1980224364_nThe great Derek Jeter, Yankees shortstop for the past 19 seasons, announced that the 2014 season will be his last on Wednesday.

Jeter is a five-time World Series champion and the all-time Yankees leader in hits, currently at 3,316, stolen bases, with 348, and games played, with 2602. With 1,876 runs scored he is 12 behind Lou Gehrig for second in Yankees history and 83 behind Babe Ruth for first and with 525 doubles he is nine behind Gehrig for first in Yankee history.

He also is on the Yankees top-10 list for home runs, RBIs, and batting average. Jeter is the last of the great Yankees from the 1996 – 2000 championship run to retire. Preceding him in recent years have been outfielder Bernie Williams, catcher Jorge Posada and pitchers Andy Pettite and Mariano Rivera.