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Derek Jeter Bids Farewell to New York in his Last Game

Derek Jeter Bids Farewell to New York in his Last Game

Posted by Juan Gavasa on September 26, 2014

The N.Y. Yankees player is the fifth biggest hitter in baseball history. It was a goodbye to the “Captain” in the Bronx. About 3.3 million fans tuned in to watched Derek Jeter play his last game at the Yankee Stadium Thursday. After a slow start, Derek Jeter ended the Bronx part of his career with a win for the Yankees, recouping Wednesday's 9-5 loss to Baltimore. 

He has a  storied 20-year history in baseball, which includes 3,461 hits, 260 home runs, making him the fifth biggest hitter in baseball history. His  World Series batting average was .321.

Jeter joined the Yankees in 1992 as the sixth pick after being passed up by five other major league teams. His best moments were in 1999, when he registered a Wins Above Replacement (WAR) of 8.0, but the 2001 season may have been his highlight.

The Yankees played a video tribute with taped messages from fans before the game, and the sellout crowd stuck it out in cold and rainy weather to  show their support for their captain. Some tickets sold for up to US$10,000 each.

Jeter’s departure from the game marks the end of an era. At 40 years of age, he was not only a role model in the Bronx, but nationally when he played for the United States in the World Baseball Classic. Jeter hails from the town of Kalamazoo, Mich. Jeter told NBC News that wants to start a family once his Hall of Fame career is over.

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