The landscape of Major League Baseball won't be the same after the 2014 season, opening the door for the next generation of stars to firmly plant their flag on the game without having to look up at the old guard.
In typical Jeter fashion, the announcement was elegant, understated and respectful of everyone around him. Even though there are at least seven months, barring a playoff appearance, before we bid The Captain adieu, it already feels like there is a hole in the game.
Fortunately Jeter is leaving the game at one of its highest moments. There is more parity today than ever before, with Jayson Stark of ESPN.com writing that 28 of the 30 teams have had at least one winning season in the last five years.
But more important than that is the new talent popping up all over the game. Young players have become all the rage in Major League Baseball, with teams holding onto their prospects like precious diamonds, making room for new faces to leave their stamp on the sport.
With Jeter leaving after this season, there are a host of players who can take over the crown as MLB's signature star, but these six, in particular, have the best credentials.