This will be Derek Jeter's final year in pinstripes, he announced on Wednesday. He posted a statement on his Facebook page saying that he will retire at the end of the 2014 season.
"I know it in my heart," Jeter said. "The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball."
The Yankees shortstop and captain, said that he has always told himself that as soon as baseball started to feel like a job, it would be time to move on.
After suffering through injuries last season, he played in just 17 games, and he finally felt that feeling.
"I realized that some of the things that always came easily to me and were always fun had started to become a struggle," Jeter said.
After 2014, he plans to "take in the world."
"For the last 20 years," he said. "I've been completely focused on two goals: playing my best and helping the Yankees win. That means that for 365 days a year, my every thought and action were geared toward that goal. It's now time for something new."
Before that, baseball will surely use this early announcement to ensure that it gives one of its biggest stars a fitting send-off, much like Jeter's longtime Yankee teammate Mariano Rivera got last season before he called it a career.