By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Joe Girardi found out about Derek Jeter’s retirement announcement the same way almost everyone else did: when the New York Yankees captain posted a letter to the world on his Facebook page this week.
Girardi arrived at spring Friday for his seventh season as Yankees manager, and Jeter’s decision to retire after this season dominated the opening news conference.
Girardi says “I think we were probably all a little bit taken aback by it. You’re never sure how someone’s going to do it, but I had no inkling that that’s what he was thinking.”
New York missed the playoffs last season for just the second time in 19 years. Girardi predicted for the April 1 opener at Houston that Yankees players at every position other than pitcher will be different from opening day last year.
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