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The year-long Derek Jeter retirement tour kicked off Wednesday night in Houston, where the Astros -- and several Houston-connected athletes -- feted the New York Yankees superstar on the field at Minute Maid Park.

And what would be a retirement party without gifts? Take a look at Jeter's haul: a pair of Yankees-themed cowboy boots, a cowboy hat and a set of golf clubs (presented below alongside two-time major champion Mark O'Meara):


The New York Yankees' Derek Jeter's gifts from the Houston Astros


The New York Yankees' Derek Jeter with golfer Mark O'Meara


The retirement ceremony for the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter at the Houston Astros

Images: Pat Sullivan/AP Photo

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Derek Jeter has announced that 2014 will be the final season of his long and storied career. Jeter ranked seventh on ESPN New York's list of the 50 Greatest Yankees of all time, but now that his career is coming to an end, we're giving you the chance to give your take. Where does Jeter rank among the finest players to ever put on pinstripes?

The 20 Greatest Yankees

Yogi Berra

Bill Dickey

Joe DiMaggio

Whitey Ford

Lou Gehrig

Lefty Gomez

Ron Guidry

Reggie Jackson

Derek Jeter

Tony Lazzeri

Mickey Mantle

Don Mattingly

Thurman Munson

Andy Pettitte

Mariano Rivera

Phil Rizzuto

Alex Rodriguez

Red Ruffing

Babe Ruth

Bernie Williams

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Jeter to retire after 2014

Derek Jeter's long and storied career is coming to an end. The legendary Yankees shortstop posted a note on his Facebook page saying that the 2014 season will be his last. Jeter started off the lengthy post thanking fans for their support and said that his recent injuries and struggles made baseball start to feel like a job, and that feeling made him sure that it was about time to stop playing. He capped it off by promising fans he'd try to help the team win a World Series championship this season -- if he did manage to pull that off, it'd be his sixth title with the team.

  • How many more seasons could Derek Jeter perform at an elite level?

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  • Do you believe Derek Jeter when he says that 2014 will be his final season?

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  • Should Derek Jeter be a unanimous inductee to the Hall of Fame?

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  • How will the Yankees fare in 2014?

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  • Who was more important to the Yankees' success over the course of both their careers?

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  • Derek Jeter is currently 10th on the all-time hits list, three behind Paul Molitor. Where will he finish all-time if he plays a full season?

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The Pittsburgh Pirates won the 2013 headlines. The Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series. But neither -- at the moment -- figures to be among the biggest stories of 2014. Not with the AL West packed, Alex Rodriguez's appeal still up in the air and the new commissioner to be chosen -- among many other things. Check out Buster Olney's top 10 storylines for the new year Insider and rank them according to your interest level. Simply click on the images to submit your ballot!

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Top 2014 MLB Storylines

AL West race

AL West race

Will the A's repeat? Will the Rangers bounce back? Or will the Angels and Mariners have something to say about it?

A-Rod resolution

A-Rod resolution

Will his 211-game suspension be upheld?

Expanded replay

Expanded replay

How much will it change the game?

Jeter's future

Jeter's future

How much does he have left?

Kershaw, Scherzer

Kershaw, Scherzer

Will the Cy Young winners and free-agents-to-be stay in their respective cities?

Mattingly's job status

Mattingly's job status

Is Don Mattingly a Dodger for good?

Milestones

Milestones

Albert Pujols could reach 500 HR (he's at 492), 1,500 RBIs (1,498) and 1,500 runs (1,425). Alex Rodriguez is closing in on 3,000 hits (2,939) and 2,000 RBIs (1,969).

New MLBPA head

New MLBPA head

What will the future be like under new leader Tony Clark?

Selig's successor

Selig's successor

Is Rob Manfred the man?

Tipping points

Tipping points

Will the Phillies, Royals, Diamondbacks and Orioles trend upward or downward?

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