The New York Yankees will never be the same after 2014, as shortstop Derek Jeter announced Wednesday that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the upcoming season.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi, general manager Brian Cashman and managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner each released a statement Wednesday regarding Jeter’s plans to retire.
The organization’s admiration for the five-time World Series champion is obvious.
The statements can be found below.
“Derek Jeter has been a great representative of what the Yankees have stood for over the years. He has been a team player who has only cared about winning. He has also been a fine example both on and off the field over his long tenure as a Yankee. It has been a real pleasure to manage him and play alongside him.”
“It has been an incredible honor having a front row seat for one of the great players of all time. Derek has been a winner every step of the way. I am already looking forward to an exciting final chapter of his storied career.”
“Derek called me this morning to tell me that he planned to retire following the season. In our conversation, I told him that I respected his decision because I know he put a lot of thought into it. I also let him know that I thought it was great that he was letting fans know now so they will have a chance to say goodbye to him.”