TAMPA, Fla. -- Derek Jeter said 20 years in the major leagues will be enough. He just wouldn't really say why.
The New York Yankees captain responded to questions for nearly half an hour Wednesday, a week after announcing this will be his final season. But he provided few answers.
"You can't do this forever. I'd like to," he said. "There's some things I look forward to doing."
On the day the team's position players reported for spring training, Jeter spoke in the pavilion behind the third-base stands, where closer Mariano Rivera said last March that 2013 would be his final season.
The Steinbrenner family that owns the team sat in the front row, manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman in the second. Teammates, who said his decision shocked and saddened them, were in the rows after that.
Wearing a pullover and shorts, it was the start of the final season for No. 2, the last of the single digits to wear a Yankees uniform.
"Trying to get me to cry?" he said after one question. "I have feelings. I'm not emotionally stunted. I think I've just been pretty good at trying to hide my emotions throughout the years."
Jeter, who turns 40 in June, was limited to 17 games last season, hitting .190 with one homer and seven RBIs after breaking an ankle in the 2012 AL championship series.
"I took a lot of time thinking about this," he said. "And let me say one thing is, this is not a retirement little press conference. I still have a season to play. This is just letting you guys know that this is going to be my last year.
"But I felt as though it was the right time. I've been doing this for a long time."
Jeter is a 13-time All-Star shortstop who has led the Yankees to five World Series title. He has a career .312 average.