"It Is Time for the Next Chapter": Derek Jeter Announces His Retirement
Jeter, who will turn 40 during his final season, has had a long and very decorated career as a shortstop for the Yankees. He's a 13-time All-Star, five-time World Series champion and has the ninth most hits in MLB history with 3,316. That last ranking is sure to go up, however, as he's the only active player in the top 31. In addition to his on-field accomplishments, Jeter has dated an impressive lineup of Hollywood stars including Cameron Diaz, Jessica Alba, Minka Kelly, Vanessa Minnillo, Mariah Carey, Adrianna Lima, Jessica Biel and Miss Universe Lara Dutta.
"For the last 20 years I've been completely focused on two goals: playing my best and and helping the Yankees win," Jeter wrote in the letter. "That means that for 365 days a year, my every thought and action were geared toward that goal. It's now time for something new.
"Now it is time for the next chapter. 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."
As for what that next chapter is, last year while he was injured, Jeter founded a publishing company called Jeter Publishing. The company will publish nonfiction books for adults, like biographies and titles on business and lifestyle; children’s picture books; middle-grade fiction; and books for children who are learning to read.