New York Yankees captain, Derek Jeter has announced that he will retire at the end of the season.
On his facebook page today Jeter wrote a letter to his fans informing them of his intention to hang up his bat after 2014.
"And the thing is, I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball."
Jeter cited an injury plagued 2013 as a catalyst for his decision. He thanked fans, Yankee management and his fellow players for their support during what will be a 20 year career with the Bronx team.
The New Jersey born player debuted for the Yankees in 1995 and won five World Series titles with the team, including a World Series MVP award in 2000.
He has recorded 256 home runs and over 1,200 RBI's in over 2,000 games.
This announcement means that Jeter will never play with longtime teammate Alex Rodriguez, who is suspended for the duration of this season.
Jeter signed off his letter promising that he will try for a sixth World Series this coming year:
"But before that, I want to soak in every moment of every day this year, 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."