- Jeter no longer has anything to prove and, at 39, he no longer can compete at the level he's accustomed to competing. If he were 100% healthy there's no doubt he'd still be a Top 10 player (even at 39) but, as his struggles from last season showed, the rigors of a 162-game season are just too demanding on his aging body.
- With 5 World Series rings, 5 Gold Gloves, 13 All-Star appearances and 3000+ hits the captain is an unquestionable first-ballot Hall of Famer. For a guy who has played his entire career in the tainted Steroid Era, Jeter is the epitome of a clean and honest player. He is the example for all up-and-coming young players to emulate.
- He's playing in the final year of his contract and by retiring he avoids the long and dragged out process of negotiating a new deal. Even he had a rough time with the take-no-prisoners Yankee brass the last time he was negotiating a new contract.There's no need for him to tarnish his stellar image with the circus-like atmosphere that comes with negotiating with the hard-nosed Yankees. I think it's safe to say he doesn't need the money.
- Baseball is a passion for Jeter, not a job. He, himself, has said that once it starts to feel like a job, it's time for him to go.
- Last but not least, he avoids all the annoying questions that all Yankee players will face when the A-Rod circus returns in 2015. It couldn't have been written any better as the 2014 spotlight will solely be focused on Jeter without the distraction of all the A-Rod drama. Let the Yankees deal with their nuisance in 2015. By then the captain will have long ridden off into the sunset.