Could Jeter follow Rivera to retirement after the season?

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2013 is going to come to a somber end for the Yankees, regardless of where they end their season. The Yankees will lose their closer Mariano Rivera to retirement after 19 years in the Major Leagues. However, Rivera might not be the only one to head off into the sunset. Andy Pettitte (who usually has a back and forth moment during the offseason) could be following him (again) and possibly…Derek Jeter? Well, at least that’s what the New York Post is speculating.

As we all know, Derek Jeter is a proud player and likes to come out on top, but this season it’s been almost impossible for Jeter to stay healthy on the field, as he’s had setbacks this past year. However, he was hopeful that he could return next season on his 2014 option.

“I never imagine not playing.” Jeter told the New York Post. “This has been my job for the past 20 years.”

Jeter had done an amazing job the past 20 years, there’s no denying that. However, Jeter might have to take into effect that he’s 39, he had a serious ankle injury, few players Jeter’s age that have had the same injury haven’t played the same, if at all. I’m not saying Jeter should retire. But I am thinking that Jeter might want to take a step back and look at reality. He’s not the same player he was 10 years ago. He’s gotten older, lost some of his range and is more injury prone because of his belief that he can come back from anything. Jeter is an amazing human and means so much to the Yankees, but even the great Derek Jeter has to realize that he’s not Superman. Every superhero has their kryptonite.

NOTES & NEWS:

David Huff and Phil Hughes were listed as relievers going into today’s game. Does that mean the Yankees are willing to go with a four-man rotation through Baltimore and Boston or will they plug in someone from the bullpen to start Thursday?

– Travis Hafner was in Baltimore with the Yankees doing batting practice. Not sure when he’s going to be activated but it could be soon if he’s doing BP at this stage of his injury.

– Zoilo Almonte is also with the team in Baltimore. I imagine that he’s to provide extra insurance for the Yankees in the outfield.

Photo credit: (September 6, 2013 - Source: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America) 

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9 Responses to Could Jeter follow Rivera to retirement after the season?

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    Jeter will have to be carried out of the game in a pine box. With his lack of range and the A-Fraud suspension, he's the 3B for 2014.
    Can't wait for the end of the Phil Hughes era.
    They should use Hafner only as a pinch hitter.
    Almonte is an outfielder.

    • hotdog says:

      I don't see Jeter at 3rd but then again, I don't see Nunez at short…i could see the Yankees picking up a veteran third baseman and keeping Jeter at short for 1 more year…Almonte will have a tough time breaking into the Yankees outfield in 2014…Ichiro, Gardner and Wells are the mainstays…if Almonte hits well from the left side, maybe he gets more at bats…he could be a decent 4th outfielder though and maybe if he plays well enough, he could take over in 2015…

      • Podjoe says:

        Wells a mainstay? What are you smoking?

        • hotdog says:

          care to add anything of importance here Podjoe…disagree with me if you like just add something to the conversation…no Wells would not be my preference but the reality is that unless the Yankees make some moves, Wells will get his fair share of playing time…forgot about Soriano, he still has another year on his contract I believe…

  2. I'd rather see them use Zoilo Almonte rather than Vernon Wells. The other four guys will play before him though.

  3. Michael R says:

    If Jeter can truly heal, and that's a big if, he belongs at 3rd.

  4. olie says:

    Jeter can hardly make the throw from short how is he going to do it from 3rd. Why do you think Torre tried so hard to a good defensive first baseman after Martinez was done. Jeter should think about hanging them up! There, I said it!

  5. tommy cassella says:

    yanks should start murphy tonight as their catcher, as romine is useless.

  6. hotdog says:

    would like to see Murphy get a shot…why not…