Derek Jeter announces that he will retire at the end of the 2014 season

2/13/14 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

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Derek Jeter has announced that he will retire from Major League Baseball at the end of the 2014 season.

Much like Mariano Rivera did last year, Jeter will likely go on a "farewell tour" of sorts, as he plays his final game in ballparks around the league.

Here's Jeter's announcement via his Facebook page:
Blog Photo - Derek Jeter announces that he will retire at the end of the 2014 season
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2/28/14   |   chevleclair   |   374 respect

Biggio: 2850 Games, 10,876 AB, .281 BA, 281 HR, 1175 RBI, .363 OBP - I saw him as the ultimate utility guy. I kind of wish they asked this guy to pitch, and why not? He did everything else.

Molitor: 2683 games, 10,835 AB, .306 BA, 234 HR, 1307 RBI, .369 OBP - He's the setup guy, I believe for Joe Carter's famous homerun in the '93 series for Toronto. Known for being a quiet producer pre- steroid era.

Jeter (so far): 2602 games, 10,614 AB, .312 BA, 256 HR, 1261 RBI, .381 OBP

(baseball reference.com for stats)

That's a pretty apt comparison by ML31. Though, I don't see him as a borderline player. The only stat deficiency would be his low homerun count, but too much emphasis has been put to that stat anyway.  His most unforgettable play will forever be the 2001 ALDs when he ran out of his shoes to field a bad throw from the outfield and catch Jason Giambi at the plate.

Also, that fun rivalry between he and Pedro Martinez will forever be lodged in my memory banks.

2/13/14   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

Yankees do visit Milwaukee this year, but I'm guessing those games are already sold out now.  I can say I saw Jeter play once at Yankee Stadium. That's enough for me.

2/13/14   |   Scott   |   49447 respect

While I'm not a Yankees fan, I am looking forward to crossing them off my bucket list when they visit Busch Stadium this season.  Now, I guess I will get to witness a little bit of history as well.

2/13/14   |   ML31   |   3615 respect

Pat wrote:
I'd agree with most of that. I think Jeter is slightly better than Biggio, but not quite as good as Molitor. But Molitor made it handily on the first ballot, so it would seem as though not many agree with your assertion that he's a "borderline Hall of Famer at best."

Obviously Jeter will get in on his first ballot with one of the highest vote totals of all time. I don't agree with all of that, but he's easily a Hall of Famer.

I agree...  He will get in on the first ballot try.   I'm still on the fence about him being a Hall of Famer but leaning towards a "yes" on that question at the moment.  It's not a cut and dry automatic that he is.  As I said, he is VERY borderline.  But again, that is my stringent assessment.  Obviously not the majorities opinion.

2/13/14   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I can't say I'm looking forward to the retirement tour. For whatever reason, I could deal with Rivera's (probably because it didn't really get into high gear until September), but this will probably be ten times worse.

Also, yes, Jeter is a Hall of Famer. I know he's overrated by many, but let's not overdo it.

2/13/14   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

ML31 wrote:
Good player.  Not a great player.  The media reporting of this has already gone predictably overboard.  His career seems to be similar to Craig Biggio and Paul Molitor.  Both of whom (IMHO) are borderline Hall of Famers at best.

I'd agree with most of that. I think Jeter is slightly better than Biggio, but not quite as good as Molitor. But Molitor made it handily on the first ballot, so it would seem as though not many agree with your assertion that he's a "borderline Hall of Famer at best."

Obviously Jeter will get in on his first ballot with one of the highest vote totals of all time. I don't agree with all of that, but he's easily a Hall of Famer.

2/13/14   |   ML31   |   3615 respect

Good player.  Not a great player.  The media reporting of this has already gone predictably overboard.  His career seems to be similar to Craig Biggio and Paul Molitor.  Both of whom (IMHO) are borderline Hall of Famers at best.