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Yankees statements on Jeter's retirement

02/12/2014 5:22 PM ET
By New York Yankees Media Relations

Shortstop Derek Jeter is the Yankees' all-time hits leader with 3,316.(AP)
STATEMENT FROM YANKEES MANAGING GENERAL PARTNER HAL STEINBRENNER:

"Derek called me this morning to tell me that he planned to retire following the season. In our conversation, I told him that I respected his decision because I know he put a lot of thought into it. I also let him know that I thought it was great that he was letting fans know now so they will have a chance to say goodbye to him.

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."

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES MANAGER JOE GIRARDI:

"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."

STATEMENT FROM YANKEES GENERAL MANAGER BRIAN CASHMAN:

"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." 

STATEMENT FROM BERNIE WILLIAMS:

"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. Yankees fans and baseball fans all over the world will have a lot to celebrate this season." 

STATEMENT FROM JORGE POSADA:

"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."

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