Whether you’re a Yankees fan, a baseball fan — or not a fan at all — chances are you’ve heard of Derek Jeter. This weekend, the All-Star shortstop is sadly playing the last few games of his 20-year, remarkably consistent, Hall of Fame career. For many baseball fans, like me, this marks the end of an era. And naturally, you can’t help but wonder – what’s next for the Yankees?
How do you replace someone with that level of talent? Someone who carried a .309 career batting average, slugged over 3,000 hits, had a winning attitude and was the ultimate team player. Throughout 20 seasons, Derek Jeter had zero career ejections, zero run-ins with the media or management and a leadership skill set that made him the obvious choice for perennial team captain. Without a doubt, management will miss his impact on the team, the organization and the city of New York.
In this Yahoo! Sports article, Derek Jeter stated, “I’ve experienced so many defining moments in my career; winning the World Series as a rookie shortstop, being named the Yankees captain, closing the old and opening the new Yankee Stadium. Through it all, I’ve never stopped chasing the next one. I finally want to stop the chase and take in the world.”
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