The 2014 major league baseball season is coming to a close and with it comes the close of one of the best MLB careers of the last two decades — Derek Jeter is retiring from baseball. These last few games of the season will be his last in uniform, as the New York Yankees are not going to the postseason this year.
Thursday (Sept. 25) is Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium. The game is in progress, with Jeter doubling off the wall in the bottom of the first to score Brett Gardner and make it 2-1, then scoring himself on an error later in the inning to make it 2-2. The 14-time All-Star has won five Gold Gloves, five Silver Sluggers, five World Series rings over the course of his career and is the Yankees all-time leader in games played, hits, doubles and steals.
Perhaps the most notable aspect of Jeter’s career is having played for only one team in 20 seasons in the majors. In this era of free agency, it’s highly unusual for that to occur. His 20 seasons tie him with a handful of other plays at fourth-most years with one team; there are 10 players who played 21 to 23 years for one club.
We’ll update the post as the night goes on with more information and video of his “NBC Nightly News” interview and final at-bats from the game.