Derek Jeter's career is over. The New York Yankees' captain and shortstop exited the 2014 season's final game in the top of the third inning after hitting an RBI infield single that scored Ichiro Suzuki to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Jeter chopped a 1-2 fastball from Boston's Clay Buchholz off the plate. Third baseman Garin Cecchini bobbled the high chopper, but he had no play as Jeter had already reached first base. Yankees' manager Joe Girardi asked Jeter what he wanted to do, and after just a moment, Jeter came off the field to a rousing ovation. Brian McCann pinch ran for him.
Jeter took his final swing in his second at-bat of the game. In the top of the first inning, he lined out hard to Boston's shortstop Jemile Weeks.
During the fourth inning, YES Network's Michael Kay said that Jeter's hit gave him a career batting average of .30951, which will round off to .310 officially. The math confirms Kay's statement. Jeter retires with 3,465 hits in 11,195 official at-bats in 2,747 games. Jeter also hit 260 home runs, drove in 1,311 runs, scored 1,923 runs, and stole 358 bases in his 20-year career, all with the Yankees. He had an average WAR of 3.6, which includes his injury-plagued 2013 season and his partial first year of 1995. His career hit total is sixth all-time.
Jeter shined even brighter in the postseason. He played in 158 postseason games -- approximately a full-season's worth. In these games, he compiled totals of .308, 20 homers, 61 RBI, 18 stolen bases and scored 111 runs. Remember that the postseason means that Jeter faced the best of the best pitching, especially in the World Series, during which he hit .321 and scored 32 runs in 38 total games.
In addition, Jeter has also won five World Series titles (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009), seven American League pennants, the 1996 AL Rookie of the Year Award, five Gold Gloves and four Silver Slugger Awards at shortstop. He also made 14 American League All-Star teams.
These totals will certainly make Jeter a Hall-of-Famer, and he should go in on his first ballot in 2020. The only question remains is whether or not he will go in unanimously. If former teammate Mariano Rivera does not beat him to it, Jeter could become the first to do so.
Congratulations to Derek Jeter on a fantastic career and congratulations again for ending it on his own terms and with an RBI single.