Yesterday, Derek Jeter formally announced plans to retire following the 2014 Major League Baseball season.
After 19 pinstripe wearing seasons, the New York Yankees captain is finally calling it quits.
The 1996 Rookie of the Year and five-time World Series Champion is the all-time Yankees leader in games, hits, at bats and steals.
Jeter is recognized as one of the finest players and people to have ever played the game of baseball. Yesterday’s statement from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig summarizes the impact the Yankees shortstop has had on the sport.
“In the 21-plus years in which I have served as commissioner, Major League Baseball has had no finer ambassador than Derek Jeter,” MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “Since his championship rookie season, Derek has represented all the best of the national pastime on and off the field. He is one of the most accomplished and memorable players of his — or any — era.”
…..This athlete tops the charts as one of Major League Baseball’s most admired and respected players ever.
In addition to Derek Jeter’s Captain Clutch nickname, this New York Yankee also came to be known as Mr. November.
Jeter got the name through unique circumstances surrounding the postponement of the 2001 World Series.
He’s earned his own separate month on the calendar and bats in at #2 in my book on MLB Favorites.
Due to the shocking September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, the Fall Classic between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks was delayed. Games were pushed back until late October. The Yankees won Game 4 of the series when Derek Jeter hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning. This extra-inning game took place for the first time during the month of November. The Yankee Stadium scoreboard recognized Jeter’s historic moment and immediately called him Mr. November.
Historically, Jeter has excelled in the post-season where he has won five World Series championships and batted an impressive .351.
The Yankee shortstop has also played in a total of 152 post-season games. During that time, he has made 679 plate appearances and collected 191 hits. No wonder why Derek Jeter is universally known in baseball circles for being clutch.
In addition to his remarkable post-season statistics, Jeter has served as a terrific role model during his 19 years with the New York Yankees. The Yankee great is expected to be a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee.
This 1996 American League Rookie of the Year and 2000 World Series Most Valuable Player has made 12 All-Star appearances. Mr. November’s also collected four Silver Slugger Awards and won five Gold Gloves.
Legendary baseball coach Don Zimmer has rightfully called Jeter “the all-time Yankee.” As of the 2012 season, Jeter ranks as the actual all-time New York Yankees leader in hits, games played, stolen bases and at bats.
Over and above his baseball exploits, Derek Jeter’s leadership and ever present smile have made him one of the most successful product spokesmen in sports.
Global brands like Nike, Gillette, Ford, VISA and Gatorade pay Mr. November plenty to endorse their products – no matter what month of the year it is.