Derek Jeter will retire after the 2014 season, he announced in a lengthy letter posted on Facebook Wednesday.
"I want to start by saying thank you," the New York Yankees shortstop wrote. "I know they say that when you dream you eventually wake up. Well, for some reason, I've never had to wake up. Not just because of my time as a New York Yankee but also because I am living my dream every single day."
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Jeter, 39, admitted that "last year was a tough one for me," referencing the multiple injuries he suffered, which resulted in him only playing 17 games. "The one thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job, it would be time to move forward.
"I will remember it all: the cheers, the boos, every win, every loss, all the plane trips, the bus rides, the clubhouses, the walks through the tunnel and every drive to and from The Bronx," Jeter continued. "I have achieved almost every personal and professional goal I have set. I have gotten the very most out of my life playing baseball, and I have absolutely no regrets.
"Now it is time for a new chapter," the five-time World Series champ added. "I have new dreams and aspirations, and I want new challenges. There are many things I want to do in business and in philanthropic work, in addition to focusing more on my personal life and starting a family of my own. And I want the ability to move at my own pace, see the world and finally have a summer vacation."
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Jeter's final game, unless the Yankees appear in the playoffs, would be onSept. 28 at Fenway Park. His final game at Yankee Stadium would be in aSept. 25 game against the Baltimore Orioles.
In his career, Jeter has 3,316 hits with a .312 batting average and 256 home runs. He is the Yankees' all-time leader in games played, at-bats, hits and stolen bases.
"I want to soak in every moment of every day this year, so I can remember it for the rest of my life," Jeter wrote. "And most importantly, I want to help the Yankees reach our goal of winning another championship."