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Jeter: Time is now

Derek Jeter spoke for 25 minutes, 44 seconds and answered 26 questions about his decision to retire at the end of this season. He said “it’s time,” “the right time” and “the time is now.” Twice more he added “the time is right.” Jeter will be leaving the major leagues the way he entered: accessible, yet opaque; approachable, but distant. So why is Jeter retiring? “He just said ‘it’s time,’ but he didn’t really say,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman concluded after Jeter reported to spring training Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., for his 20th and final major league season. One week earlier, the Yankees captain surprised and saddened teammates with his announcement, revealed by posting a 15-paragraph, 644-word statement on his Facebook page. – Associated Press

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