Derek Jeter: Career in photos
1994 - Minor League Baseball Player of the Year
In 1994, Derek Jeter began with the Yankees' single-A squad in Tampa, hitting .329 with an OBP of .380 and a .428 slugging percentage in 69 games. After being promoted to double-A Albany, Jeter hit .377 in 34 games before another promotion to triple-A. During his time in Columbus (35 games), Jeter hit .349. His performance throughout this year earned him Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year honors.
1996 - Rookie of the Year
In 1996, Jeter became the fifth unanimous pick as AL Rookie of the Year in the award's 50-year history. In his rookie year, Jeter hit .314 with 10 home runs, 104 runs scored, 78 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.
1996 Postseason - The Jeffrey Maier home run
In the eighth inning of Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS with the Yankees trailing the Orioles by a run, Jeter hit a fly ball to right field. Upon review, it was clear that a fan, 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier, reached over the wall and pulled the ball into the stands without giving outfielder Tony Tarasco the opportunity to make a play on the ball. Despite protests from the Baltimore dugout for fan interference, the play was ruled a home run, tying the game and giving Jeter the first postseason homerun of his career.
1996 - First World Series title
Batting .361 with 22 hits and 12 runs scored during the 1996 postseason, Jeter helped the Yankees to a World Series title for the first time in his career. The team topped the Braves in six games with Jeter driving in one of the Yankees' three runs in the clincher.
1997 - New-look shortstops
Heading into his sophomore season, Jeter headlined a new class of shortstops, including Alex Rodgriguez and Nomar Garciapara. This triumvirate was expected to supplant an aging shortstop group, including Barry Larkin and Ozzie Smith.
1998 - First All-Star Game
In 1998, Jeter was selected for his first All-Star Game. Though he struck out in his only at-bat of the game, the 24-year-old finished the season with a .324 batting average plus a league-leading 127 runs, 19 home runs, and 84 RBI. He finished third in the AL MVP voting that year.
1998 - Second World Series title
Derek Jeter batted just .235 during the 1998 postseason, but batted .353 over the Yankees' four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres.
1999 - Third World Series title
Jeter hit .455 in the ALDS, .350 in the ALCS, and .353 over a four-game sweep of the Braves in the World Series, marking his third championship in four years.
2000 - All-Star MVP
Jeter had three hits in 200 All-Star Game, including a two-run single to give the American League the lead and the eventual victory. For his efforts, Jeter won the contest's MVP, the first player in Yankees history to earn the honor.
2000 - Fourth World Series title
Jeter batted just .211 during the Division Series but improved in the ALCS, hitting .318 against the Seattle Mariners. During the famed Subway Series against the crosstown-rival Mets, Jeter hit .409 with two home runs, a triple, and two doubles, including a leadoff home run on the first pitch of Game 4 and a triple later in the third inning of the same game. This earned Jeter his fourth World Series ring in five full professional seasons.
2000 - World Series MVP
With his stellar performance in the World Series, Jeter earned the World Series MVP honors, becoming the only player in baseball history to win the All-Star Game MVP and World Series MVP awards in the same season.
2001 - The Flip
In Game 3 of the Yankees' 2001 ALDS series against the A's, Jeter made a play that serves as the perfect example of his often indefinable value on the field. With two outs and Jeremy Giambi on first in the bottom of the seventh inning, Terrence Long laced a ball down the right-field line. Shane Spencer corralled the ball in the corner of the outfield but overthrew a pair of cutoff men as Giambi was being waved around third. Jeter, who as a shortstop had no reason to be near the play, fielded the errant throw and flipped the ball to Jorge Posada to beat Giambi by a step at the plate. The play preserved the Yankees' 1-0 lead and they went on to win the game and the series.
2001 - Mr. November
Though the Yankees ended up on the losing end of the 2001 World Series, one of Jeter's most iconic moments came in the series' fourth game. With the contest tied entering the bottom of the 10th inning, Jeter came through with a walkoff home run off Byung-Hyun Kim, tying the series at two games apiece. The extra-inning affair spilled over from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, earning Jeter the nickname "Mr. November."
2004 - The Catch
If "The Flip" is the first play that comes to mind when you think of Jeter, then the catch he made against the Red Sox on July 1, 2004 is probably the second. The shortstop took off toward a Trot Nixon pop fly in the 12th inning of a tie game at Yankee Stadium and made the catch just outside fair territory. His momentum carried him into the stands at full speed and despite lacerating his chin, Jeter managed to hold on to the ball. MLB.com named the catch 2004's Play of the Year.
2006 - World Baseball Classic
As the starting shortstop for the United States' team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, Jeter hit .450 (9-for-20) with five runs scored. Though the US failed to advance past the second round, Jeter was named the shortstop on the All-Tournament Team.
2009 - Yankees' all-time hits leader
On Sept. 11, 2009, Jeter notched the 2,722nd hit of his career, becoming the all-time leader as a member of the Yankees. He passed Lou Gehrig with a single off Chris Tillman of the Orioles. In August of the same year, Jeter had broken Luis Aparicio's major-league record for hits as a shortstop.
2009 - Near-MVP campaign
At 35 years of age, 2009 marked one of the best statistical seasons of Jeter's career. With 18 homers and 30 steals, the shortstop hit .334 and carried the Yankees to a MLB-high 103 wins. The team bagged the AL East title for the 11th time in Jeter's career, and many expected him to win his first MVP. He ended up finishing third in the voting behind winner Joe Mauer and teammate Mark Teixeira.
2009 - Fifth World Series title
Playing against Philadelphia Phillies - the defending World Series champions - Jeter batted .407 with a .519 slugging percentage, 11 hits and five runs scored in six games en route to his fifth championship. In the decisive game, the Yankee captain went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. This was Jeter's first title since the 2000 campaign.
2010 - Gold Glove at age 36
Despite a great deal of previous criticism about his defensive abilities, Jeter took home the Gold Glove at shortstop in 2010. It was the fifth such award for Jeter, who many said didn't have the range or quickness to stack up against his younger counterparts. Whether there was credence to the gripes or not, the 36-year-old made just six errors and posted a fielding percentage of .989 -- both career bests.
2011 - 3,000th hit
In typical Jeter fashion, "The Captain" seized a historic moment on July 9, 2011. At Yankee Stadium -- with a ridiculous amount of fanfare and hype -- Jeter joined the exclusive 3,000-hit club with a home run in his second at-bat of the game. He finished the day 5-for-5 with his final hit driving in the eventual game-winning run.
2014 - Final All Star Game
Derek Jeter was a huge hit from the very start in his final All-Star game. Batting leadoff for the American League, the 40-year-old shortstop for the New York Yankees soaked in an ovation and then seized the moment by hitting a double. Jeter soon crossed the plate for the game's first run and after three innings of action, he was ceremonially removed from his familiar position in the field to one more round of revering cheers.