Yankees gear up to retire Jeter's No. 2

Ceremony set for between games of today's doubleheader

May 11th, 2017

NEW YORK -- The bronze plaque has been cast and a space is waiting in Monument Park to welcome Derek Jeter as the last of the Yankees' single-digit uniform numbers is set to be officially removed from circulation. The organization will celebrate the Captain's legendary career and retire his No. 2 between games of today's doubleheader against the Astros.

All Yankee Stadium gates will open to guests with valid tickets (dated Sunday, May 14) beginning at 1 p.m ET. The first game of the doubleheader will begin at 2:05 p.m.

The Derek Jeter Night pregame ceremony is scheduled to take place no earlier than 6:35 p.m. ET. The second game of the doubleheader will start at the conclusion of the Derek Jeter Night pregame ceremony, but no earlier than 7:35 p.m.

"Derek Jeter was a very special player," Commissioner Rob Manfred said. "He was kind of representative of an entire generation of great players. One thing the Yankees know how to do is ceremonies. I'm sure it'll be a wonderful event for the fans and for Derek, as well."

Jeter will be the 22nd player in franchise history to have his number retired and the first since teammates Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte during the 2015 season. YES Network will broadcast the first game of the doubleheader, and ESPN will broadcast the second game.

Joe Torre, MLB's chief baseball officer and Jeter's manager for the first 12 years of his playing career, is among the many luminaries expected to be in attendance for Sunday's festivities.

"I think any time Derek comes back, it's special, but this will be even more meaningful," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We've all been looking forward to it. I'm sure he's looking forward to it. I'm sure his family is really looking forward to it, and the one who seems to steal the show all the time is his nephew [Jalen], so I'm looking forward to that, as well."

The longtime Yankees captain and five-time World Series champion recently told Yankees Magazine that he specifically selected to have the ceremony on Mother's Day as a tribute to his mom, Dorothy.

"It was my choice," Jeter said. "I thought it would make it even more special. I have close relationships with my entire family, but I thought it was a great opportunity to do something special for my mom. She's been very important to me, always being positive and telling me from a young age that I could do anything I wanted to do as long as I worked hard at it. I thought it was a good day to not only acknowledge my entire family, but especially my mom."

Jeter's No. 2 will be the 21st number retired by the Yankees, as No. 8 was retired for both Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey on Old-Timers' Day in 1972.

A 14-time American League All-Star, Jeter is sixth all-time with 3,465 career hits and tops the Yankees' all-time list in hits, games played (2,747), doubles (544), stolen bases (358), at-bats (11,195), singles (2,595) and hit-by-pitches (170).

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"It's going to be fun," said the Astros' . "I got the opportunity to play with him the last year. It was a great experience for me as a player. I got to see him grind every single day, coming to the ballpark with the mentality of going out there, playing shortstop and doing his job every single day. I'm happy to see him getting celebrated the way he deserves."

Earlier this year, Jeter spoke to the Yanks' top prospects, and outfielder said that Jeter shared some of the mantra that helped him be successful over his lengthy career.

"He was big into 'stay even-keeled,'" Judge said. "You're going to have those times where you're going to go 0-for-20, 0-for-25, 0-for-30. You've got those months where you can't get out and the ball looks like a watermelon, but just try to stay even-keeled and stick to the process. If you have a bad April or a bad May, you might bounce back in June or July. Just keep the pace and focus on whatever you can do to help the team."

Born in New Jersey and raised in Kalamazoo, Mich., Jeter played his franchise-record 20th and final season with the Yankees in 2014, and he recorded eight seasons with at least 200 hits.

"To me, the easiest way to define Derek Jeter is, he's a winner, plain and simple," Girardi said. "Whether it's on the field or off the field, the guy does things the right way, he does it with class, he works extremely hard, he's there for other people. He's a winner."

Along with Girardi, Torre and bench coach Rob Thomson, the following Yankees are expected to be in attendance for the ceremonies on Sunday: 

• David Cone, former teammate

• Reggie Jackson, former Yankee, current Yankees special advisor

• Tino Martinez, former teammate

• Hideki Matsui, former teammate

• Paul O'Neill, former teammate

• Andy Pettitte, former teammate

• Jorge Posada, former teammate

• Willie Randolph, former Yankees coach

• Mariano Rivera, former teammate

• Bernie Williams, former teammate

• Gerald Williams, former teammate

• Gary Denbo, Yankees VP of player development, also Jeter's first professional manager at Class A Greensboro

• Steve Donohue, Yankees head athletic trainer

• Dick Groch, area scout who signed Jeter

• Gene Michael, Yankees SVP and special advisor, also the GM who drafted Jeter with sixth overall pick of 1992 MLB Draft

• Gene Monahan, former Yankees head athletic trainer

• Jean "Soot" Zimmer, wife of former Yankees coach Don Zimmer