After 19 seasons as a New York Yankee, Derek Jeter has announced on Facebook that the 2014 season will be his last. Jeter spent much of the last season on the bench due to ankle and calf injuries. In his announcement, Jeter blamed the recurring injuries for his decision. “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,” Jeter wrote. “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.”
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.