Jeter won't be at Yankees' opener

With his retirement in full swing, captain says he'll be 'out of the country'

Jeter won't be at Yankees' opener

TAMPA, Fla. -- The captain won't be tossing this year's ceremonial first pitch. Derek Jeter plans to be far away from the Bronx when the Yankees begin the regular season against the Blue Jays on April 6.

"I think actually I'll be out of the country," Jeter told SiriusXM on Saturday, when asked where he'd be for the Yanks' opener.

In an interview launching a new weekly satellite radio show dedicated to his venture, "The Players' Tribune," Jeter reiterated his desire to enjoy some distance from the game as he begins his first full year of retirement.

"I need to get away," Jeter said. "I've been playing this game professionally for parts of 23 seasons, so I need to get away from it."

Jeter, 40, spoke often last season about looking forward to exploring new opportunities once his final inning was in the books, and several of his former teammates have said that they don't expect the Tampa, Fla., resident to drop by the Yanks' Spring Training complex this year.

In addition to the Players' Tribune website, Jeter has launched the Jeter Publishing imprint with Simon & Schuster, and he's linked with the Luvo food brand. He also has entertained thoughts of a future in sports ownership, reportedly looking into purchasing the Buffalo Bills NFL team last year.

"Oh, I will find something to do, but nothing physical," Jeter said.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.