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Derek Jeter says it is 'the right time' to retire

Derek Jeter spoke about his decision to retire

Derek Jeter spoke about his decision to retire after this year's season during a news conference on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Derek Jeter made it very clear when met with reporters yesterday outside Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., that it was not a retirement press conference. Instead, he stressed that he was focused on this upcoming season, the final one of his illustrious MLB career.

“I still have a season to play,” Jeter said. “This is just letting you guys know that this is gonna be my last year, but I felt as though it was the right time.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time. ... I just think I’ve done it long enough and I look forward to doing some other things in my life. I can’t reiterate enough that we still have a season to play.”

Jeter, who played just 17 games last season due to a broken ankle and various leg injuries, told reporters that his decision to retire following the season is not related to his “disappointing” season a year ago or injuries.

“This has absolutely nothing to do with how I feel physically,” Jeter said. “Physically, I feel great, and I’m looking forward to playing a full season.”

Although Jeter said that he feels as though he has more than one season of baseball left in him, “The time is right. I have other things I want to do.”

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