In case you haven't reached the point of Derek Jeter Retirement Tour fatigue yet, here's another unusual honor for the Yankee captain.
Louisville Slugger, the legendary baseball bat manufacturer, will retire its model P72 bat in Jeter's honor and rename it DJ2. The company says it's the first time it's retired a bat model number in its 130-year history.
In honor of Derek Jeter & his 20 yrs of loyalty, we're retiring his P72 bat model and renaming it DJ2. #P72Legends pic.twitter.com/4rmvEoDjtN
— Louisville Slugger (@sluggernation) September 24, 2014
"Derek has swung one bat model from one bat company his entire career," the company's James Sass said in a release. "Derek has made over 12,500 plate appearances in his 20 MLB seasons, and every single one of them has been with a Louisville Slugger P72. With Derek's impending retirement, we thought it was fitting to retire his bat model in recognition of his brilliant career.We are grateful for his enduring and unwavering loyalty. In honor of Derek's tremendous career and impact, we won't be making the P72 anymore."
Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr. and Robin Yount are among the players who have used the P72 over the years.
In addition to retiring the P72 model number, Louisville Slugger also will give the final 72 P72 bats to be produced to Jeter to raise funds for his Turn 2 Foundation.