New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter might be entering his final season in the Major Leagues. Even if he won’t address the topic.
Jeter spoke about a number of issues this week, including his health, potential retirement, and what’s going on with Alex Rodriguez.
About his health, Jeter said the following (quotes from the New York Post):
I’ve already run…You guys just assume that everything I do is here. I do things before I come here. I’ve been running.’’
Perhaps most significantly, Jeter sidestepped the questions about whether or not 2014 will be his final season:
I’m focused on when we start over there. I’m focused on that day. That’s the only thing I’m thinking about. I’m focused on one year at a time. This is 23 years since I’ve been here. I’ve been here since ’92, counting the minor leagues. So it’s always the same.’’
We might call this a cliche answer, but we really won’t know more about Jeter’s future beyond 2014 until we know how well he holds up this season. If he can play the majority of the team’s games, it is hard to imagine him not playing again the season after.
As for A-Rod, Jeter was asked if he gave him any advice:
“I’m not an adviser, man.’’
Don’t sell yourself short, Jetes. There’s no way you could be any worse than A-Rod’s current group of advisers.