There is no doubt that Derek Jeter is one of the greatest baseball players the game has ever seen. Today, his jersey number 2 will be retired along with other Yankee greats. Dubbed the Captain, Jeter has lived a life of baseball. From childhood to today, he has never truly left the game.

One thing about Jeter is, the argument could be posed for the best shortstop of all time. The way he carried himself on the field was a mirror image of the field. The Captain never showed anything but class and 110% effort at all times. He will also forever be known as one of the most clutch players ever.

Stunning Accolades

What hasn't this man done? Number 2 started his career with a bang winning Rookie of the Year in 1996. It was all uphill from there. He followed that up with 14 All-Star appearances, five World Series titles, with five Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards. Not to mention he was the World Series MVP in 2000 and was only the 15th Captain in Yankee history. Oh and the longest-tenured Yankees Captain ever.

The statistics only help back this up.

Derek Jeter finished his career with a slash of .310/.377/.440. Great numbers to go along with being the only Yankee player ever to reach 3,000 hits and led all Yankees players ever in steals. When he finally hung up his cleats, Jeter finished with 3,465, which ranks sixth on the Major League Baseball's all-time hit leaders.

Possibly one of the most amazing of all of this is what goes unnoticed.

Shortstop is one of the toughest positions on the field, if not the toughest. To go along with that, the New York Yankees are one of the most prestigious teams in baseball history.

So, Derek Jeter suited up in pinstripes for 20 straight years, holding onto one of the formidable jobs in the world. There is one thing you also cannot forget. Derek Jeter spent a lot of his career next to Alex Rodriguez. When A-Rod came to the Yankees, he was one of the most prolific shortstops in the game.

That did not stop the Yankees from moving him to third base to make room for their star, Derek Jeter.

Unforgettable Accomplishments

The dive, the flip, the home run in the 1996 ALCS, leadoff homer in the Subway Series, too many incredible moments all derived from one player. If you are ever feeling down or need some inspiration, watch Jeter's 3,000th hit, or his final at-bat at Yankee Stadium.

Either one will give you chills.

I personally saved his final at-bat on my phone just to watch on rainy days. Derek Jeter is certainly a legend, and one thing he never let us forget is that in the big moments, Jeter was there. He never failed to impress and certainly did everything the right way.

Jeter has been loved and hated. It happens to every great superstar. Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Tom Brady, they are all loved and hated.

But, at the end of the day, you have to have nothing but the utmost respect for them. The same goes for the Captain. He was a hero on the field and not much different off the field. Derek Jeter showed the baseball world the definition of clutch.

The Legacy

Derek Jeter is still much in the baseball world. After retirement, he founded "The Players Tribune." It is a letter based website that allows athletes to communicate their thoughts and feelings with the fans. It has been great to read, and I recommend checking it out. With this, there have also been multiple rumors flying around about him possibly teaming up to buy the Miami Marlins. Jeter has been in the game his whole life, and I don't think he's ever getting out.

Today Derek Jeter becomes the 22nd New York Yankee to get his jersey number retired. After that, there will never be another Yankee with a number in the single digits. Numbers 1-10 will all be gone in fact. At this rate, the Yankees may someday see a number in the triple digits.

They already have Aaron Judge at number 99. All jokes aside, Derek Jeter deserves his number retired as much as anyone else that has. He is a first-ballot Hall of Famer for sure and will never be forgotten as Mr. November, Number 2, The Captain.

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