The Captain, Mr. November, or whatever name you use to describe him, Derek Jeter had his jersey number retired by the Yankees, on Sunday May 14th, 2017. The Yankees dubbed it “Derek Jeter Day’ at Yankee Stadium. Derek Jeter, surrounded by past and present Yankees, was presented with a plaque that will be placed in their Monument Park. He also received a blazer, a ring, and a #2 plaque. Jeter gave a heart-felt speech saying that there is no one in baseball that he would trade places with. The plaque for Monument Park was inscribed with the following:
DEREK SANDERSON JETER
NEW YORK YANKEES
1995 – 2014
AS THE CORNERSTONE OF FIVE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS, JETER WAS A LEADER ON THE FIELD AND IN THE CLUBHOUSE, SETTING AN EXAMPLE FOR HIS TEAMMATES WITH HIS UNCOMPROMISING DESIRE FOR TEAM SUCCESS.
HE RETIRED WITH A FRANCHISE-BEST 3,465 HITS — SIXTH ON BASEBALL’S ALL-TIME LIST – HAVING PLAYED MORE SEASONS (20) AND GAMES (2,747) THAN ANY OTHER YANKEE. A LIFETIME .310 HITTER WITH A .377 ON-BASE PERCENTAGE, JETER WAS THE LONGEST TENURED CAPTAIN IN TEAM HISTORY, HOLDING THE ROLE FROM JUNE 3, 2003 THROUGH THE END OF HIS CAREER IN 2014.
JETER GARNERED 14 ALL-STAR NOMINATIONS, FIVE GOLD GLOVES, AND FIVE SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS. IN 2000, THE SHORTSTOP BECAME THE FIRST PLAYER IN MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY TO BE NAMED ALL-STAR GAME MVP AND WORLD SERIES MVP IN THE SAME SEASON.
A CONSISTENT WINNER, HE COMPILED AN INCREDIBLE .593 REGULAR SEASON WINNING PERCENTAGE (1,628-1,117-2) IN GAMES PLAYED, AND HE RETIRED AS BASEBALL’S ALL-TIME POSTSEASON LEADER IN GAMES (158), HITS (200), RUNS (111), AND DOUBLES (32).
DEDICATED BY THE
NEW YORK YANKEES
MAY 14TH, 2017
When some of your career highlights are called “The Flip”, “Mr. November”, “The Dive”, and “The Walk-Off Goodbye” there isn’t much more to say.