We knew this day was coming eventually, but I'd be lying if I said I thought he'd announce it today. Via a message posted on his Facebook page, Derek Jeter has announced that 2014 will be his final season. Citing last season's injuries and the strain they've put on his ability to play the way he wants to play, Jeter said, "I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball."
Obviously a lot of different thoughts and emotions come with this announcement, as most people my age can't even remember what Yankee baseball was like without Jeter around. I'll dive deeper into this when I've had time to process it, but for now I'll just say good for him for coming to the decision and good timing following in Mo's footsteps by making the announcement early and letting this season be the proper goodbye that he deserves.
** UPDATE 1:24 PM- Couple of beat guys have talked to Casey Close and gotten his confirmation that this announcement is legit. Via David Waldstein, Jeter told Hal this morning to make it official with the team. **
** UPDATE 1:53 PM- Bud Selig has released a statement on Jeter's announcement, calling him "an exemplary face of our sport." For once, I agree with what Bud's saying. **