Derek Sanderson Jeter born June 26, 1974) is an American professional baseball player. He is a Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop who has played his entire career (1995ƒ??present) for the New York Yankees. He has served as the Yankees’ team captain since 2003. Jeter’s presence in the Yankees’ lineup, highlighted by his hitting prowess, played an instrumental role in the team’s late 1990s dynasty, which won four World Series championships.