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Derek Sanderson Jeter ( JEE-tər; born June 26, 1974) is an American former professional baseball shortstop, businessman, and baseball executive. He has been the chief executive officer (CEO) and part owner of the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB) since September 2017. As a player, Jeter spent his entire 20-year MLB career with the New York Yankees. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2020; he received 396 of 397 possible votes (99.75%), the second-highest percentage in MLB history (behind only Mariano Rivera) and the highest by a position player.
A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is regarded as one of the primary contributors to the Yankees' success of the late 1990s and early 2000s for his hitting, base-running, fielding, and leadership. He is the Yankees' all-time career leader in hits (3,465), doubles (544), games played (2,747), stolen bases (358), times on base (4,716), plate appearances (12,602) and at bats (11,195). His accolades include 14 All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award. Jeter was the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits and finished his career ranked sixth in MLB history in career hits and first among shortstops. In 2017, the Yankees retired his uniform number 2.
The Yankees drafted Jeter out of high school in 1992, and he debuted in the major leagues at age 20 in 1995. The following year, he became the Yankees' starting shortstop, won the Rookie of the Year Award, and helped the team win the 1996 World Series over the Atlanta Braves. Jeter continued to excel during the team's championship seasons of 1998–2000; he finished third in voting for the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in 1998, recorded multiple career-high numbers in 1999, and won both the All-Star Game MVP and World Series MVP Awards in 2000. He consistently placed among the AL leaders in hits and runs scored for most of his career, and served as the Yankees' team captain from 2003 until his retirement in 2014. Throughout his career, Jeter contributed reliably to the Yankees' franchise successes. He holds many postseason records, and has a .321 batting average in the World Series. Jeter has earned the nicknames "Captain Clutch" and "Mr. November" due to his outstanding play in the postseason.
Jeter was one of the most heavily marketed athletes of his generation and is involved in numerous product endorsements. As a celebrity, his personal life and relationships with other celebrities have drawn the attention of the media.
I don't listen to opinions.
Kids are our future.
I want to have a family.
I try to stay as private as possible; I know that's difficult, especially playing here in New York, but I make an attempt at it.
I get asked enough questions, I try not to ask too many questions.
You gotta have fun.
You gotta have fun. Regardless of how you look at it, we're playing a game. It's a business, it's our job, but I don't think you can do well unless you're having fun.
The thing that means the most to me is being remembered as a Yankee, because that's what I've always wanted to be, was to be a Yankee.
I voted for Obama.
I've always been uncomfortable, so to speak, when the focus is on me.
No former player has owned a team in baseball.
You have to assume that everything you do is public knowledge. Everything. Because now everyone is a reporter. Everyone is a photographer.
There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.
Walking around sometimes, I would love to just be able to watch people, see how they act. Sometimes I would love to be invisible.
There's feelings there, but I think I've just been pretty good at trying to hide my emotions throughout the years. I try to have the same demeanor each and every day.
You hear about women buying shoes? I buy DVDs. I definitely have a problem.
I've always been very cautious with what I do. You know, that started at a young age. I always had the approach or the mentality I never wanted to embarrass my parents.
You've got to make adjustments as you get older.
Handle yourself like a professional on the field and you have one goal-and that's to win.
The only legacy I want is to be thought of as a winner.
A lot of teams, I think, are just happy to make the post-season. Here, you have to win.
I don't really see myself getting a Twitter account. Nothing against it. I get it. I especially get it for businesses.
I will never brag about myself, but my family, I can go on forever.
I never think about my own stats, as long as I'm contributing to the team.
It doesn't feel different being here (at the All-Star Game) I feel like I'm on an All-Star team everyday.
You have to be confident, if you're not confident you might as well go home.
I can see how people work out to feel better.
I think it comes easy to work hard. I was always taught, don't short-change yourself. Keep working to get better.
I'm not one to sit around and be satisfied about something. I can always get better.
Work hard, love what you do, put your best foot forward and never forget the kid in you.
There's responsibility, but there's also accountability. You have to be accountable for your actions. You have to stand at your locker when things are going bad.
MVP, you could have picked a name out of a hat... we have a group of MVPs. You don't rely on one guy. You have to get contributions from everyone.
Our fans don't want to see us win the Wild Card. They want to see us win the division.
The Yankees have twenty-five heroes.
It doesn't take any talent to play hard.
I try to sign for as many kids as possible. Kids come first, and I'll always sign for a kid before an adult.
I try to sign for as many kids as possible. Kids come first, and I'll always sign for a kid before an adult. It's funny, because I was never big into autographs as a kid. The only player who I ever wanted an autograph from was Dave Winfield.
Winning is one of the most special moments. Every time I take the field it's a special moment. The fans are the ones that make it special. Because that's what we do it for.
I hate the treadmill. I hate it. You really don't have to be on it that long, something like 20 or 30 minutes. It's all about getting your heart rate up.
One of the best things about being a Yankee is that you have guys like Whitey Ford, Phil Rizzuto, Ron Guidry and Reggie Jackson wandering around the locker room offering you advice.
I've been lying to you guys for a long time, saying I wasn't nervous and there's no pressure. There was a lot of pressure to do it here.
This is why you play -- to get an opportunity to play in the playoffs.
Good teams make the playoffs, hot teams win the playoffs.
The guy's (Shane Spencer) ridiculous. No one hits home runs like that. I'm telling you, man, it's ridiculous.
Sneak out when things go good. It bothers me when people have good games and stand in front of their locker waiting for the media, then they have bad games and sneak out the back.
I have feelings. I'm not emotionally stunted.
The one thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job, it would be time to move forward.
Yankee Stadium is my favorite stadium; I'm not going to lie to you. There's a certain feel you get in Yankee Stadium.
My dad had been shortstop when he was in college, and you know, when you're a kid, you want to be just like your dad.
On Kobe Bryant's death: Tragedies like this have a cruel way of reminding us of what's important in life: spending time with our loved ones, and being there for them no matter what.
I've been asked to sign a forehead.
If I put my name on something, I'm going to be involved. I'm not just going to put my name on it and not pay attention.
I've always had an interest in business, and my interest in business has really expanded over the years.
I can have fun anywhere, as long as I'm with good people. But in the offseason, I like to go somewhere warm, a nice spot in the Caribbean.
I think when things linger, that's when they become a distraction. I don't want any distractions.
I'm very, very competitive. If my grandmother asks to race me down the street, I'm going to try to beat her. And I'll probably enjoy it!
I always used to get in trouble for talking too much. When it was time for parent-teacher conferences, I remember that I was always embarrassed about what my parents would hear about me!
The number one priority is playing baseball. There are so many people in New York trying to get you to do this and get you to do that, which is fine, but you have to take care of yourself.
I get nervous watching teammates. I get nervous for them. Late in the game, pressure situation, I'm nervous for them.
I've always been very aware of what I'm saying, but I'm also aware of what you're saying. I always want to make sure that my point is clear.
You can't quantify everything a player does to win games.
The big difference for me is that, as I get older, I find it's a lot easier to stay in shape than it is to get back in shape.
When it was time for parent-teacher conferences, I remember that I was always embarrassed about what my parents would hear about me!
Everyone fears rejection.
The draft is a crapshoot, so I've been very fortunate to be drafted by the Yankees, and to have spent my whole career here.
Through time you learn from your experiences. I think I've learned to deal with people a little bit better over time. That in particular has developed a little bit.
I want to own a team one day. You know, that's my next goal.
It's never over. You don't want to be in the position to be down four runs in the ninth inning, but it's not over until the last out.
If you're going to win games, you're going to have to come up with the big hits. That's the bottom line.
I like to dance and sing when there's no one around, but, if I'm out, I'm really shy about it. So it takes a lot to get me going, but I enjoy being around music.
I've been playing baseball since I was 5 or 6 years old. I've been on a schedule, pretty much, since I was in eighth, ninth grade. I look forward to not doing that.
Any player that says they don't want to go to an All-Star Game is lying to you. It's something everyone wants to be a part of.
I attribute much of my success in New York to my ability to understand and avoid unnecessary distractions.
I always have tried to treat people with respect, the way I want to be treated.
I've never been an actor on Broadway, but it feels like you're on a stage when you play at Yankee Stadium. And that's the feeling I've always had.
I wish I trusted people more. But when I meet someone, the first thing is, 'What does this person want?' And I put up a defense mechanism. But I've always been that way.
I like to hit the gym early in the morning. I feel better throughout the day when I get in a workout first thing in the morning.
Athletics keeps us healthy, gets us up and running around. It also gives you an opportunity to meet a lot of different people, which is very important.
You can't be sensitive, because you're going to get criticized. I don't care who you are, you're going to get criticized.
That's how you win -- pitching and defense.
The first thing to know about playing baseball in Michigan is, Michigan's really cold.
Not everybody's a baseball fan.
God, I hope I wear this jersey forever.
I've found that it's easier to stay in shape than it is to get into shape.
My best vacation is somewhere I could hide, somewhere warm and not a lot of people around.
I think sometimes people need to get used to an idea.
Sometimes people complicate things by thinking too much about what someone might think of what they said or did.
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