NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – It was only a matter of time, of course.
The Yankees announced Tuesday morning that they will retire Derek Jeter’s jersey number next May 14, part of a ceremony that also will include the iconic shortstop receiving a plaque in Monument Park.
Jeter will become the 22nd player in franchise history to have his number retired and is the first since former teammates Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte had their respective numbers retired during the 2015 season.
His No. 2 will be the 21st number retired by the club.
Jeter, the team’s first-round pick in 1992 (selected sixth overall), retired after the 2014 season having won five World Series (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009).
The 14-time All-Star retired as the franchise leader in hits (3,465), which ranked him sixth on baseball’s all-time list, games played (2,747), doubles (544), stolen bases (358), at-bats (11,195), singles (2,595) and hit-by-pitches (170).
Jeter had eight seasons with at least 200 hits, making him one of two players in franchise history along with Lou Gehrig (eight) with as many as four.