Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced Wednesday on Facebook that he will retire following the 2014 season. Below is a collection of quotes from various media sources and tweets about the Yankees captain and sure Hall of Famer following his announcement.
“In the 21-plus years in which I have served as Commissioner, Major League Baseball has had no finer ambassador than Derek Jeter. Since his championship rookie season of 1996, Derek has represented all the best of the National Pastime on and off the field. He is one of the most accomplished and memorable players of his—or any—era. Derek is the kind of person that generations have emulated proudly, and he remains an exemplary face of our sport. Major League Baseball looks forward to celebrating his remarkable career throughout the 2014 season.” — commissioner Bud Selig
He is unquestionably one of the greatest Yankees ever. He has meant so much to fans, the organization, my father and our family. I’m glad we have this year to celebrate everything he has meant to us and all the great things he still stands to accomplish.” — Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner
“It has been an incredible honor having a front row seat for one of the great players of all time. Derek has been a winner every step of the way. I am already looking forward to an exciting final chapter of his storied career.” — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman
“Derek Jeter has been a great representative of what the Yankees have stood for over the years. He has been a team player who has only cared about winning. He has also been a fine example both on and off the field over his long tenure as a Yankee. It has been a real pleasure to manage him and play alongside him.” — Yankees manager Joe Girardi
When asked about what can you say about Jeter, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia replied, “More like what can’t you say. He’s the best.”
“I was fortunate as a young player in this town to be able to watch how Derek Jeter conducted himself on and off the field. I had the privilege to call Derek a teammate during the World Baseball Classic and got to see firsthand, how to lead by example. I’ve always been a big Derek Jeter fan for what he has done on the baseball field. I became an even bigger fan after getting to know Derek and learning there is more to this game than what goes on between the lines. Excluding the Subway Series, I wish him all the best in his final season.” – Mets third baseman David Wright
“When you grew up watching baseball, that was the guy that you watched and wanted to be like. The amount of respect that he has in the game and in New York, it’s going to be sad to see him leave. But he’s had such an amazing career. Obviously he’s ready to move on with whatever he is interested in, but as a fan of New York sports, it’s going to be a sad thing to see him leave.” — Mets pitcher Matt Harvey
“Derek has been the benchmark for character and class in a baseball uniform. He has inspired a generation to play baseball the way it was meant to be played. It has been an honor to play against him. On a lighter note this means two things: no more clutch hits against the Rays AND, another pooling of funds to buy a Yankee a farewell gift! Cheers to him” — Rays third baseman Evan Longoria
“Happy to be part of history with a player/person of his caliber!!” — Rays lefthander David Price
“Derek is a staple of the New York Yankees, the face of the franchise. He’s been that for a long time. It’s going to be a tough year and a tough farewell tour for him.” — David Robertson
“All along since I saw him for the first time, I knew that Derek was special. You knew you had something special with him.” — Mariano Rivera
“It was an honor and privilege to have Derek next to me for all those years. He made me a better player and a better person. I’m so proud of our friendship and I love him like a brother. Derek was a true champion and the greatest teammate I ever had.” — Jorge Posada
“You’re talking about the most recognizable athlete that we have in sports today. Just having the honor to suit up and play on the same field with him was amazing. We’re losing one of the greats, no doubt. I can’t wait until he comes through the 216 (Cleveland’s area code); we’re going to roll out the red carpet for him. He deserves it.” — Nick Swisher
“The guy was ready to play, no matter what,” Wells said. “He was a gamer. A big-game hitter, big-game player. Every time we needed a hit, he got one, especially in the playoffs. He killed us in ’96 when I was with Baltimore. It was like, ‘Are you kidding me? How do you get this guy out?’ He was like a gnat—but a Hall of Fame gnat.” — David Wells
“A champion on and off the field, Derek’s impact cannot be understated. Not only does he make the game better, he makes lives better through his Turn2 charitable foundation. Derek has set the standard that we should all strive to achieve.” — former teammate and current MLBPA executive director Tony Clark
“I’m so happy that Derek will get to go out on his terms – and his way. He was as special a teammate as any player could ever have. I’m blessed to have played with him. Yankee fans and baseball fans all over the world will have a lot to celebrate this season.” — Bernie Williams
Heard the news about Derek Jeter and want to wish him the best! He was a credit to his team and the city! Class guy, God Bless!
— Mike Piazza (@mikepiazza31)
Derek Jeter is my hero. Always has been, and always will be. He is the reason I wanted to play baseball. pic.twitter.com/Tumplbq12Q
— Preston Mattingly (@Pmattingly30)
Congrats to Derek Jeter on the announcement of his retirement today! A class act & character both on & off the field. A role model to many!
— Joe Torre (@JoeTorre)
Been waiting for the chance to mix the word “apotheosis” into casual conversation. Thank you Derek Jeter for all you have done.
— Jim Abbott (@jabbottum31)
“He’s one of the best. To play as a Yankee for that time, on the big stage and to be able to deliver each time. He’s everyone’s role model … as kids grow up playing baseball and want to be a shortstop, everyone wants to be Derek Jeter. For this to be his last year everybody will miss him, but he had a great run and hopefully he can end it on a positive note.” — Nets coach Jason Kidd
“I hope he has a Mariano Rivera-like tour. That’s what he deserves.” – Bob Costas