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Jeter confirms Yankee Stadium game was his last at shortstop

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Derek Jeter has played his final game for New York Yankees at shortstop and is likely to be the designated hitter against Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park this weekend.

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Last Yankee Stadium memory

The 40-year-old, who hit the walk-off RBI single in his last ever appearance as a player at Yankee Stadium, revealed last night’s 6-5 victory over Baltimore Orioles would be the last time he would start at shortstop.

Speaking to MLB.com, Jeter said: “I want to take something special for Yankee Stadium and the view from shortstop tonight is what I want to take from it.

“Out of respect for the Red Sox, their fans and the rivalry, I’m going to DH.”

Walk off

The Yankees captain admitted he had not decided whether he would play tonight (Friday) after such an emotional 24 hours.

In a fairytale finale, the five-time World Series winner smashed his fifth career walk-off hit, his first since 2007, in his last ever at-bat at Yankee Stadium.

Jeter was swamped by teammates past and present on the infield as the crowd paid their thanks to a man who has played for the Yankees for the past 20 seasons and captained them in the last 11 years of his career.

After the game, Jeter ran back on to the field and knelt in the shortstop fielding position to give himself a moment to take it all in for one last time.

“It was above and beyond anything I’d ever dreamt of,” Jeter said to MLB.com. “This is the dream, since I was four or five years old, and part of that dream is over now.”

Life after Jeter

Now the Yankees will have to adapt to life without their number 2 at shortstop. It is assumed manager Joe Girardi had always planned for this eventuality ever since Jeter announced his retirement on February 12, but reality will sink in against the Red Sox.

After the game, Jeter explained: “I've played shortstop for my entire career, and the last time I want to play it is tonight. I hope that people can respect my decision.”

If Jeter is switched to designated hitter at his request, Brendan Ryan is likely to fill in a shortstop for the series against the Red Sox.

The 32-year-old played the position on Wednesday night (September 24) against the Orioles when Jeter was DH and has been a competent back-up all season.

The shortstop has made 46 appearances for the Yankees this season with a batting average of .176 and an on base percentage of .217.

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