After a memorable 22-year career with the New York YankeesDerek Jeter announced that the 2014 season will be his last. As the Yankees are eliminated from postseason contention, the Thursday, Sept. 25, game against the Orioles will be Jeter's final game at the Yankee Stadium. Despite tonight's rain forecast, the Daily News reports that a raincheck is highly unlikely.

‘‘I think [Thursday] will be the culmination of all the love he has been shown and all the appreciation he has been shown this year and his career,’’ Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ‘‘I think it’ll be something we’ll remember for a long time.’’

Derek Jeter's departure from the sport will mark the end of one of the most dominant eras for the New York Yankees. Derek Jeter is regarded as the central figure that propeled the Yankees to become five-time World Series champions during the late 1990's to early 2000's following a 17-year drought.

Jeter is also Yankee's all-time record holder for hits (3,461), games played (2,744), stolen bases (358), and at bats (11,186). Jeter is also honored 14 All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award. Derek Jeter is the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop, and is regarded as only the 28th player in history to reach 3,000 hits.

Most of all, Jeter is remembered for his leadership, his sportsmanship, and his passion for the sport. Here are 20 inspiring quotes from Derek Jeter over his illustrious career:

1. "My office is at Yankee stadium. Yes, dreams do come true."

2. "There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do - and I believe that."

3. "I love it when people doubt me. It makes me work harder to prove them wrong."3

4. "The last thing you want to do is finish playing or doing anything and wish you would have worked harder."

5. "I'm not perfect; no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. I think you try to learn from those mistakes."

6. "Obviously, you're known for what you do. But you still want to be known as a good person. You're a person a lot longer before and after you're a professional athlete."

7. "You don't just accidentally show up in the World Series."

8. "It's never over. You don't want to be in the position to be down four runs in the ninth inning, but it's not over until the last out."

9. "It doesn't feel different being here (at the All-Star Game) I feel like I'm on an All-Star team everyday."

10. "The Yankees have twenty-five heroes."

11. "I try to sign for as many kids as possible. Kids come first, and I'll always sign for a kid before an adult." 

12. "When I was younger, I was always taught not to make excuses."

13. "What kind of influence did my parents have on my life? Well, they had the most influence. These are the people who are closest to me. My parents are very positive people. They've been supportive. They're always there."

14. "You can't be sensitive, because you're going to get criticized. I don't care who you are, you're going to get criticized."

15. "If you're going to play at all, you're out to win. Baseball, board games, playing Jeopardy, I hate to lose.”

16. "Defense usually doesn't make many headlines, but it goes a long way towards winning baseball games. There are a number of ways to make an impact during the course of a game, and playing solid, sound defense is one of them."

17. "Our fans don't want to see us win the Wild Card. They want to see us win the division."

18. "I have the greatest job in the world. Only one person can have it. You have shortstops on other teams-I'm not knocking other teams-but there's only one shortstop on the Yankees."

19. "God, I hope I wear this jersey forever."

20. "I want to own a team one day. You know, that's my next goal."