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Two years of retirement is enough time to retire a player’s jersey, right? Well the New York Yankees don’t care whether or not that’s true, because they’re doing it anyway. Just two years after his 2014 retirement, the Yankees have decided to retire Derek Jeter’s jersey.
Of course, they’ll be doing it with a ceremony. Jeter’s No. 2 jersey will be retired on May 14, 2017, which is Mother’s Day. And that’s not all! He’ll also get a plaque in Monument Park, to be unveiled that day.
The Yankees, who love retiring numbers, last did it in 2015 when they retired the numbers of Jeter’s teammates Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte. Jeter will be the 22nd player to have his number retired by the Yankees. And when the ceremony takes place, there will be no more single digit numbers available for the Yankees — all of them will have been retired, with Jeter’s being the last one.
Jeter, AKA The Captain, played his entire 20-year career with the Yankees. He retired with a lifetime triple slash .310/.377/.440, which includes 3,465 hits, 260 home runs, and 1,311 RBI. Jeter hit a walk-off single in his final at-bat at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2014, and then played his last games at Fenway Park when the Yankees faced the Boston Red Sox to close out the 2014 season.
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