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02/12/2014 3:18 PM ET
Statement of MLBPA executive director Tony Clark regarding Derek Jeter

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark today issued the following statement regarding Derek Jeter:

"For nearly 20 years, there has been no greater ambassador to the game of baseball than Derek Jeter. Day in and day out, on the world's greatest stage, and through the peaks and valleys of a 162-game schedule, Derek consistently demonstrates awe-inspiring levels of passion, determination and excellence.

"I had the pleasure of playing against and with Derek. As his teammate in 2004, I had the privilege of seeing his leadership and professionalism manifest itself daily.

"A champion on and off the field, Derek's impact cannot be understated. Not only does he make the game better, he makes lives better through his Turn2 charitable foundation. Derek has set the standard that we should all strive to achieve.

"I wish Derek all the best this season and in all his future endeavors."