STATEMENT FROM BERNIE WILLIAMS:
"I'm so happy that Derek will get to go out on his terms - and his way. He was as special a teammate as any player could ever have. I'm blessed to have played with him. Yankees fans and baseball fans all over the world will have a lot to celebrate this season."
STATEMENT FROM JORGE POSADA:
"It was an honor and privilege to have Derek next to me for all those years. He made me a better player and a better person. I'm so proud of our friendship and I love him like a brother. Derek was a true champion and the greatest teammate I ever had."