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2/12/2014 3:30 P.M. ET

Commissioner's Statement

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement this afternoon regarding New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter's plans to retire following the 2014 season:

"In the 21-plus years in which I have served as Commissioner, Major League Baseball has had no finer ambassador than Derek Jeter. Since his championship rookie season of 1996, Derek has represented all the best of the National Pastime on and off the field. He is one of the most accomplished and memorable players of his - or any - era. 

"Derek is the kind of person that generations have emulated proudly, and he remains an exemplary face of our sport. Major League Baseball looks forward to celebrating his remarkable career throughout the 2014 season."

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