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Thursday, May 08, 2014

MLB.com:  Yankees to retire Torre’s No. 6

Joe Torre’s uniform No. 6 will become the 17th number to be retired by the Yankees in a ceremony to be held on Aug. 23 at Yankee Stadium.

Torre, who is to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, will be the third manager to see his number retired. Casey Stengel, who led the Yankees to seven World Series titles, was the first, and Billy Martin was the second. Torre’s teams won four World Series championships and six American League pennants during his 12 seasons as manager from 1996-2007.

Plaques honoring former players Goose Gossage, Paul O’Neill and Tino Martinez will be placed in Monument Park on three separate dates this summer, the Yankees announced on Thursday.

Martinez and Gossage will be celebrated during Old-Timers’ Day weekend on June 21 and June 22, respectively. A ceremony for O’Neill will take place on Aug. 9.

So next year Brett Gardner will have the lowest number on the roster.

Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: May 08, 2014 at 02:12 PM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: May 08, 2014 at 04:48 PM (#4703052)
When's Mel Hall's number getting retired? I'll need to buy my tickets soon, lets they all get scooped up.
   2. Jeltzandini Posted: May 08, 2014 at 05:11 PM (#4703063)
Who is Number One? You are Number Six.
   3. RJ in TO Posted: May 08, 2014 at 05:22 PM (#4703069)
So they're also likely to be retiring Jeter's number, and Mo's number (although it's already retired), and putting up plaques (if not also retiring numbers) for Posada and Pettitte.

There's going to be a lot of special ceremonies over the next couple of years.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 08, 2014 at 05:44 PM (#4703073)
When's Mel Hall's number getting retired?


Not for quite a while, as he'll be wearing it for another 40 years or so. Oh, you mean his baseball jersey number?
   5. ursus arctos Posted: May 08, 2014 at 05:58 PM (#4703079)
Wonder if Roy White will be there.

Too late for Clete Boyer, unfortunately.
   6. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: May 08, 2014 at 06:05 PM (#4703085)
I'm still steamed that Graig Nettles and Hank Bauer didn't get invited when they retired number 9. Or this guy, for that matter.
   7. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 08, 2014 at 06:19 PM (#4703091)
So they're also likely to be retiring Jeter's number, and Mo's number (although it's already retired), and putting up plaques (if not also retiring numbers) for Posada and Pettitte.

There's going to be a lot of special ceremonies over the next couple of years.


Don't forget Paulie's and Sweet Lou's numbers.

   8. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 08, 2014 at 06:21 PM (#4703093)
So they're also likely to be retiring Jeter's number, and Mo's number (although it's already retired), and putting up plaques (if not also retiring numbers) for Posada and Pettitte.

Bernie Williams should be in the mix, too. Looks like the Yankees are continuing the more expansive policy of honoring former players that began in the mid to late Steinbrenner era. The 4 World Series wins in 5 years is unprecedented in the 3-tier playoff era, so that certainly gives them the hook if they so choose.
   9. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 08, 2014 at 08:30 PM (#4703128)
Celerino Sanchez #10
   10. Willie Mayspedes Posted: May 08, 2014 at 08:54 PM (#4703141)
Can we retire the #6 meme?
   11. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 08, 2014 at 08:55 PM (#4703142)
It's being reported that Bernie Williams is scheduled to be honored in 2015.
   12. joeysdadjoe Posted: May 08, 2014 at 09:10 PM (#4703153)
Now batting......number 102......Derek Jeter Jr.
   13. Publius Publicola Posted: May 08, 2014 at 09:18 PM (#4703158)
What will retire first, Derek Jeter's number? Or Derek Jeter?
   14. bobm Posted: May 08, 2014 at 10:21 PM (#4703183)
http://www.flipflopflyin.com/flipflopflyball/info-yankeesretirednumbers.html
   15. PreservedFish Posted: May 08, 2014 at 10:21 PM (#4703184)
Don't forget Paulie's and Sweet Lou's numbers.

Sweet Louuu ... is Sojo?
   16. zenbitz Posted: May 08, 2014 at 10:41 PM (#4703187)
@14 I think they should have fit that to an exponential.
   17. SouthSideRyan Posted: May 09, 2014 at 03:04 AM (#4703221)
In honor of Mariano Rivera?
   18. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: May 09, 2014 at 08:36 AM (#4703245)
So they're also likely to be retiring Jeter's number, and Mo's number

They retired Mo's number during the last homestand last season.
   19. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 09, 2014 at 08:55 AM (#4703256)
Once they get through Jeter, Posada, Pettitte and Williams they are probably 20 years from retiring another number. Maybe Cano too but there is probably no one on the current roster who will get his number retired by the Yankees.
   20. a fatty cow that need two seats (cough, cough) Posted: May 09, 2014 at 09:02 AM (#4703261)
So do they retire Karim Garcia and Shane Spencer's numbers at the same time? Or do they each get their own day? Tough to know what the right play is.
   21. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: May 09, 2014 at 09:11 AM (#4703264)
OMG, they're retiring the number of a manager who won 4 World Series titles in 5 years, this is clearly something that deserves to be mocked!

####### morons.
   22. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 09, 2014 at 09:22 AM (#4703273)
OMG, they're retiring the number of a manager who won 4 World Series titles in 5 years, this is clearly something that deserves to be mocked!

I mocked the idea that O'Neill would get his number retired, but the plaque ceremony for Paulie O suggests H&H are acting a bit more sensibly than some Primates would on that front. I don't think there's anything wrong with what they're doing. Retiring six numbers from one group is a lot, but I think each guy is worthy of the distinction.

Sweet Louuu ... is Sojo?

Piniella, another of the potential retirees bandied about.
   23. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 09, 2014 at 09:39 AM (#4703287)
Retiring six numbers from one group is a lot, but I think each guy is worthy of the distinction.

I think only Torre is having his number retired, the others will just get a plaque. Eventually, it looks like Torre, Jeter & Rivera are the definite retired numbers out of the 4 World Series Wins In 5 Years group. Probably Posada, too, although he essentially missed the start of that run, but was a big factor in 2009, and maybe Pettitte, who'd be a definite if not for his side-trip to Houston.
   24. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 09, 2014 at 09:45 AM (#4703295)
I think only Torre is having his number retired, the others will just get a plaque. Eventually, it looks like Torre, Jeter & Rivera are the definite retired numbers out of the 4 World Series Wins In 5 Years group. Probably Posada, too, although he essentially missed the start of that run, but was a big factor in 2009, and maybe Pettitte, who'd be a definite if not for his side-trip to Houston.


Following Jose's comment, I was including the possibility of Williams, Posada and Pettitte, all of whom would be defensible, but not mandatory, selections.
   25. BDC Posted: May 09, 2014 at 10:19 AM (#4703326)
I somehow had the impression that there was barely a number left on the Yankee roster under 40, but even with their prodigality, they have seven open numbers in the teens and nine in the twenties. It's their shtick, let them enjoy it. If at some point c. the year 2100 most of the club is wearing numbers in the 60s and 70s that'll seem pretty cool.
   26. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: May 09, 2014 at 10:41 AM (#4703355)
Piniella, another of the potential retirees bandied about.

Piniella would actually be only third in value for #14 Yankees, slightly behind Gene Woodling and well below Moose Skowron. This is probably why in some cases plaques are the better way to go.
   27. deputydrew Posted: May 09, 2014 at 02:31 PM (#4703569)
What current players on your favorite team could someday see their number retired?

I'm a Giants fan. Possibilities I see, in order of likeliness:

Posey
Lincecum
Cain
Bochte
   28. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 09, 2014 at 02:44 PM (#4703581)
Red Sox fan - I'd say Ortiz most likely with Pedroia a little behind. Pedro will be next year some time in all likelihood and Roger could be at some point. Boggs should already be done but for some reason he is not in the mix.
   29. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 09, 2014 at 02:56 PM (#4703587)
Red Sox fan - I'd say Ortiz most likely with Pedroia a little behind. Pedro will be next year some time in all likelihood and Roger could be at some point. Boggs should already be done but for some reason he is not in the mix.


As I say when the subject becomes that #######, "Screw Boggs. He got to ride the horse."

But seriously, he tried to have a Rays cap on his Hall plaque. He was a great player, but not someone who was even likable* during or after his time in Boston. I'm perfectly fine if the Sox never retire his number. I don't think that a Hall career has to equal a number retirement.

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