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Jeter explains why he's retiring after this season

Created: 02/19/2014 12:57 PM WNYT.com
By: RONALD BLUM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Derek Jeter decided to retire after the upcoming season when he concluded "this is the right time."

The New York Yankees captain held a news conference Wednesday, a week after making an announcement many of his teammates said shocked and saddened them.

On the day the team's position players reported for spring training, Jeter spoke in the pavilion behind the third-base stands, where closer Mariano Rivera said last March that 2013 would be his final season.

Jeter, who turns 40 in June, was limited to 17 games last season, hitting 190 with one homer and seven RBIs after breaking an ankle in the 2012 AL championship series opener.

He is a 13-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove shortstop who led the Yankees to World Series titles in 1996, '98, '99, '00 and '09. Jeter enters his 20th big league season with a .312 average, 256 homers and 1,261 RBIs.

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