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Derek Jeter to Retire After This Season

Yankees captain Derek Jeter, all-star shortstop and fan favorite, announced his upcoming retirement Wednesday in a letter posted on his Facebook page.

"I realized that some of the things that always came easily to me and were always fun had started to become a struggle," Jeter wrote. "I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball."

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Read the letter in its entirety below, or by visiting Facebook. Find the full story on NBC Sports.

Derek Jeter posted this letter to Facebook on Feb. 12, 2014.