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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees will retire after the 2014 MLB season, he announced on Wednesday.

Jeter, in a letter to fans posted on his Facebook page, led off his announcement by saying, “thank you.”

“I know they say that when you dream you eventually wake up,” he wrote. “Well, for some reason, I’ve never had to wake up. Not just because of my time as a New York Yankee, but also because I am living my dream every single day.”

Jeter mentioned the string of injuries he suffered last season, and how it affected his ability to just enjoy the game as one of the reasons for his sudden decision.

“I realized that some of the things that always came easily to me and were always fun had started to become a struggled,” Jeter wrote.

“The one thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job, it would be time to move forward.”

He writes that he has new dreams and aspirations he’d like to pursue, with regard to business and philanthropic work, and he’d like to take advantage of the opportunity to start a family.

“I want to soak in every moment of every day this year,” Jeter wrote. “So I can remember it for the rest of my life. And most importantly, I want to help the Yankees reach our goal of winning another championship.”

Head over to CBS New York for the latest on the story.


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