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Jeter remains content with retirement decision

Jeter remains content with retirement decision

NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter is well into the last third of what will be his final Major League season, and in case you were wondering, the Yankees captain has not felt the need to second-guess his decision.

"I think you just realize it. I don't know if there's necessarily a magic formula that tells you it's time to retire," Jeter said. "I just felt like this was the right time for me. I've done it long enough, I look forward to doing other things, so I decided this was going to be my last year."

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Jeter participated in a Spanish-language press conference on Friday at Yankee Stadium, touching upon many of the themes that have accompanied his last campaign. He said that the multiple standing ovations he has received at road stadiums have created his most treasured memories of the season so far.

"That's been awesome. It's been overwhelming for me," Jeter said. "It's not something that I expected. The way the fans have treated me everywhere I've gone has been above and beyond my wildest dreams.

"Especially when we've gone to some of these stadiums where I'm used to being booed, to have them cheering for you -- that's definitely the memories that I'll take from this last season."

As the Yankees fight to gain entry into the postseason, entering play on Friday trailing the Tigers by four games for the second American League Wild Card, Jeter's personal focus has not changed.

"I want to win. That's it. It doesn't get any more complicated from that," he said. "When you're playing, you want to win. That's the mindset I've always had, that's the mindset I'll have until my last game. I enjoy competing and when you compete, you want to win. That's the last thing I want to do."

Jeter once again reiterated that he hopes to be part of an ownership group in his post-playing days, and that he would have no interest in being a manager, coach or general manager. Jeter also said that he does not expect to feel any pangs of regret when the Yankees take the field without him next spring.

"How am I going to feel when the team is in Spring Training in Tampa? I'm going to feel good," Jeter said. "I won't have to get up, I won't have to work out, I won't have to go to sleep at a particular hour. So I'm looking forward to it."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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