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Derek Jeter, shortstop and soon publisher

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Derek Jeter is already one of baseball’s immortals. Once he finally retires from the game, the New York Yankee shortstop will be a shoo-in for a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. He’ll get a bronze plaque, in a spot not far from similar plaques honoring Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson.

But for Jeter, that’s not quite enough of a legacy to leave behind. Soon he’ll have his own publishing imprint too, with Simon & Schuster. One day, you’ll be able to find Jeter’s name repeated again and again on library and bookstore shelves.

Jeter’s imprint, Jeter Publishing, will publish adult nonfiction and children’s books.

“I understand how important content is this day and age,” Jeter told reporters for the Daily News. “You get an opportunity to share people’s stories--it doesn’t necessarily have to be baseball--that I find interesting, I’m happy I get an opportunity to do it. I’m looking forward to it. This is my publishing imprint. It has my name on it. I’m going to try and make everyone proud.”

Jeter Publishing will release “biographies and titles on business and lifestyle; children’s picture books; middle-grade fiction; and books for children who are learning to read,” according to the New York Times.

The New York Post reported that one of Jeter Publishing’s first titles, to be released in 2014, will be a “Derek Jeter guide to baseball.” Jeter will collaborate on more than 10 books with Simon & Schuster in what “is believed to be a multimillion dollar agreement,” the Post said.

The photogenic Jeter will turn 40 next year, and play at least one more season following a 2013 season plagued by injuries. In years past, he’s graced the cover of GQ and other magazines. In blogging about the deal, Media Bistro quipped that: “Jeter will pay all authors working with Jeter Publishing by smiling at them."

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