The Yankees will retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 and honor him with a plaque in Monument Park on Sunday, May 14, the team announced Tuesday.
Jeter, 42. retired after the 2014 season.
He hit .310 with a .377 OBP and .440 SLG with 3,465 hits, including 260 HR, and 1,311 RBI during his 20-year career with the Yankees.
Jeter, who was named the 15th Captain in team history in 2003, won World Series titles with the Yankees in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 -- when he was named World Series MVP -- and 2009.
The Yankees catch a lot of flack (some of it warranted) for the number of recent ceremonies celebrating former players. For Jeter, retiring his number and having a plaque in monument park is well deserved.
I was too young to truly appreciate the 1977 and 1978 World Series teams, but vividly recall the 1981 World Series and at nine years old, thought the Yankees would be at the top of the baseball world forever.
My grandfather would tease me in the 80's, telling stories of the fabled Yankees he admired -- Berra, DiMaggio, Ford, Mantle and others. I wanted badly to have one of those players to watch his career from beginning to end.
Don Mattingly came close to fulfilling that role for me, but unfortunately, he didn't play on the best of teams. Jeter, however, was the centerpiece to five World Series championships. Jeter delivered results on the biggest stages. It seemed that when the Yankees needed a hit, or a big play in the field, Jeter came through. I finally understood what my grandfather meant about Yankees heroes of his time.
Jeter embodies everything my grandfather told me about the old Yankee greats; winner, star-power, clutch and the consummate teammate. I'm glad my own children were able to see Jeter, even at diminished levels of performance. Until the day he hung up his spikes, Jeter delivered big hits in pressure situations and helped lift the Yankees back to the forefront of baseball.
Jeter will go down as one of the iconic Yankees of all time -- the one Yankee I will continue to tell stories to my kids and hopefully someday my own grandkids.