It wasn’t shocking news, but it’s still news that’s getting everybody’s attention. Derek Jeter has announced that the 2014 MLB season will be his last. Coincidentally, 2014 also happens to be the final season for Bud Selig. The long-time Commissioner is ready to call it a career and ride off into the sunset. In a show of a class, Selig took time out his schedule on Wednesday to prepare a statement on Jeter’s announcement:
“In the 21-plus years in which I have served as Commissioner, Major League Baseball has had no finer ambassador than Derek Jeter. Since his championship rookie season of 1996, Derek has represented all the best of the National Pastime on and off the field. He is one of the most accomplished and memorable players of his — or any — era. Derek is the kind of person that generations have emulated proudly, and he remains an exemplary face of our sport. Major League Baseball looks forward to celebrating his remarkable career throughout the 2014 season.”
You really can’t argue with Selig on any of these thoughts. Jeter has been a tremendous face for baseball since 1996. The sport simply won’t be as good without him in it.
We can only hope that Jeter gets the ending he deserves. We all know that he’ll be honored at nearly every park he visits in 2014. That part doesn’t worry me. I’m worried that he won’t physically be able to finish out the season. He couldn’t stay healthy in 2013 and it would be a shame if he wasn’t able to play out the final year of his storied career.
Here’s to hoping that he can.