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Princeton Rays staff gears up for season, Jeter talks retirement

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---Wednesday the Princeton Rays held their annual Media Appreciation Luncheon.

General Manager Jim Holland spoke on how the Ray's goal is to aid young players to move up in professional baseball. He said 62 former players went on to play in the big leagues.

The teams strength and conditioning coach Steve Crosier was the special guest who said because of the facilities provided and the developmental focus of the staff, Princeton is the perfect place for athletes to start their careers.

The guest of honor was Jeremy Cummings, a West Virginia native who pitched for 10 years in the minor leagues and was a member of the bronze medal winning 2008 United States Olympic baseball team.

During his career Cummings played for Princeton's current Manager Danny Sheaffer.

"I enjoyed playing for him, and the one thing that he brought to that team in Memphis Tennessee, that was triple A at the time, was do your job. You know, do your job and good things will happen," said Cummings about Sheaffer.

Holland added, "you only get one chance to get a player going in the right direction the first time, and Danny does a great job with our kids."

Holland also announced Tuesdays will still be "T-shirt Tuesdays" and they will be giving away shirts to the first 400 fans during those home games.

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---Yankees captain Derek Jeter took to Facebook last week to announce that this season would be his last.

The superstar said that it's "the right time" to put away the glove and end his very decorated career.

The 39 year old 13-time all-star has led the Yankees to 5 world series titles.

Jeter, who is used to fielding ground balls, fielded questions Wednesday from the media.

He said despite rumors, his physical health did not play a factor in the decision.

The letter on facebook mentioned he wants to start on business and philanthropic aspirations as well as focusing on his personal life.