Derek Jeter admits he doesn’t miss baseball at all

Sep 25, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) reacts during the press conference following Jeter
Sep 25, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) reacts during the press conference following Jeter /

After 20 years in MLB, former New York Yankees shortstop, Derek Jeter admits he doesn’t miss baseball.

Derek Jeter played 2,747 games and stepped in the batter’s box 12,602 times during his 20-year career in MLB before retiring at the end of the 2014 season as one of the best shortstops and players to ever play the game.

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The Yankees are in the first two weeks in the post-Jeter era and sit in last place in the American League East with a 3-6 record, but don’t expect Jeter to pull a Michael Jordan or a Ryne Sandberg and unretire and come back and help his former team.

Often when players retire they get that itch when the time of year rolls around when it’s time to report to spring training or get ready for training camp. That wasn’t the case for Jeter who said in a radio interview with SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio that he doesn’t miss the game.

From Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:

“To be honest with you, I don’t miss it at all,” Jeter said Wednesday during an interview on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio. “It was the right time for me. I’m content with what I’m doing now.

“I miss my teammates. You play with guys a long time, but I keep in touch with a few of them. I do not miss the long hours, the working out. It’s a full-time job. I’m glad that I’ve moved on.”

It sounds like Jeter is more than content with his decision to retire and begin a new chapter of his life and he’s staying busy with and spending time with his family and friends. Naturally, he misses his teammates and the camaraderie inside the clubhouse, but he doesn’t miss the traveling, working out and all that goes in behind the scenes to get ready for a 162-game schedule.

“I needed to get away from it for a while,” Jeter said. “I didn’t go to spring training; I was not even in Florida for most of spring training. They’re retiring a lot of my former teammates’ numbers this year and I’m pretty sure I’ll be up there for the festivities.”

So you can still expect to see Jeter in Yankee Stadium at some point this season, but he won’t be in his No. 2 jersey and have the pinstripes on, but just as Jeter has done, it’s time for Yankee fans to move on, albeit it’ll be a painful process for many of them to adjust to life without Jeter.

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