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Yankees Organization Reflects On Derek Jeter Retirement Announcement

The New York Yankees have a number of good reasons why they anticipate a return to glory as the 2014 season approaches. They had a sub-par summer a year ago and watched the playoffs and World Series from home as their hated arch rivals, the Boston Red Sox, brought another championship to Beantown. So they retooled during the offseason and also expect half of their staring infield to come back from practically season-long injuries.

Mark Teixiera is expected back to man first base, as is Derek Jeter, the shortstop and team captain who played in only 17 games in 2013. But to put even more emphasis on this year, Jeter announced that he will retire at the commencement of the season, similar to what Mariano Rivera did last summer. Former teammates and team officials alike expressed their feelings and undue respect for a player who represents the last of the Yankee dynasty teams from 1996 through 2000.

STATEMENT FROM  YANKEES MANAGING GENERAL PARTNER HAL STEINBRENNER:

 

“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.

 

He is unquestionably one of the greatest Yankees ever. He has meant so much to fans, the organization, my father and our family. I’m glad we have this year to celebrate everything he has meant to us and all the great things he still stands to accomplish.”

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES MANAGER JOE GIRARDI:

 

“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.”

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STATEMENT FROM  YANKEES GENERAL MANAGER BRIAN CASHMAN:

“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.”

 

STATEMENT FROM  BERNIE WILLIAMS:

 

“I’m so happy that Derek will get to go out on his terms — and his way. He was as special a teammate as any player could ever have. I’m blessed to have played with him. Yankees fans and baseball fans all over the world will have a lot to celebrate this season.”

STATEMENT FROM JORGE POSADA:

 

“It was an honor and privilege to have Derek next to me for all those years. He made me a better player and a better person. I’m so proud of our friendship and I love him like a brother. Derek was a true champion and the greatest teammate I ever had.”

 

Source: New York Yankees

Photo by Bill Menzel 

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