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Friday, March 06, 2020

Jerry Koosman’s No 36 to be retired by Mets in June

NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Koosman’s No. 36 is being retired by the New York Mets, more than four decades after he threw his final pitch for the team.

Koosman, whose five-hitter beat Baltimore in Game 5 of the 1969 World Series for the Mets’ first title, will be honored before the June 13 game against Washington, the team said Thursday.

His will be the third player number retired by the Mets after Tom Seaver’s No. 41 in 1988 and Mike Piazza’s No. 31 in 2016. New York has retired the numbers of two managers: Casey Stengel’s No. 37 in 1965 and Gil Hodges’ No. 14 in 173.

Now 77, Koosman was 140-137 with a 3.09 ERA in 346 starts and 30 relief appearances for the Mets from 1967-78, and he went 4-0 in six postseason starts. After the Mets lost the 1969 World Series opener to the Orioles, Koosman pitched two-hit ball over 8 2/3 innings as New York won Game 2 by a 2-1 score and started its comeback.

 

 

QLE Posted: March 06, 2020 at 01:05 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Phillies to retire Doc’s 34 on perfecto anniversary

PHILADELPHIA—Roy Halladay provided some of the greatest moments in Phillies history in a remarkably short period of time.

Halladay threw a perfect game. He threw the second no-hitter in postseason history. He won a National League Cy Young Award in 2010. He led one of the greatest rotations in baseball history in 2011, when the Phillies won a franchise-record 102 games. Halladay made a lasting impression on the Phils and their fans, which is why the organization announced Tuesday morning that it will retire his No. 34 on May 29, the 10th anniversary of his perfect game, in a pregame ceremony at Citizens Bank Park.

Halladay died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico on Nov. 7, 2017. Before he died, he often spoke about his love of Philadelphia. It is why Halladay’s family decided not to put a team logo on Halladay’s cap on the bronze plaque that hangs in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., despite spending the first 12 years of his 16-year career with the Blue Jays.

“That whole first year [in Philadelphia],” Halladay said in an interview with MLB Productions’ Danny Field in 2014, “I had to pinch myself every day sitting on the bench, looking at the packed stands and looking around the field at the guys I’m playing with going, ‘Is this actually real? This can’t be real. I’ve dreamt about this my whole life, there’s no way this can be real.’ So it was one of the most exciting times of my life.”

 

QLE Posted: February 05, 2020 at 12:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, retired numbers, roy halladay

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Rockies to honor Larry Walker by retiring his jersey number

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies will retire the jersey number of outfielder Larry Walker in a ceremony during the upcoming season.

The Rockies announced Friday they will honor Walker on April 19 when they play another one of Walker’s former teams, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Walker’s No. 33 will be displayed next to Todd Helton’s No. 17 in the right-field area inside Coors Field, alongside the initials “KSM” for the Rockies’ late president Keli McGregor.

“There is no bigger honor an organization can give a player than retiring his number,” Walker said. “I can’t tell you how taken aback I am by this gesture. I am both thrilled and honored and I look forward to seeing my number hanging next to the greatest Rockie of all time, #17!”

Hoping that this is an auspicious omen…..

 

QLE Posted: January 18, 2020 at 01:01 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: larry walker, retired numbers

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Detroit Tigers will retire Lou Whitaker’s No. 1 during 2020 season

The Detroit Tigers don’t need to wait for Lou Whitaker to become a Hall of Famer.

In their strongest statement on his ongoing Cooperstown candidacy, the team announced Tuesday they will be retiring Whitaker’s No. 1, which he wore from 1978-1995. It will be the ninth retired number in Tigers history.

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29 before the Tigers’ 6:10 p.m. game against the Boston Red Sox.

In 19 seasons, Whitaker hit .276 with 244 home runs, 143 stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .363 in nearly 10,000 plate appearances. The second baseman won the 1984 World Series with the Tigers and was a five-time American League All-Star. Whitaker won four Silver Slugger Awards, three Gold Glove Awards and was the 1978 AL Rookie of the Year.

Well, at least that’s one honor he’s getting next year.

 

QLE Posted: December 18, 2019 at 01:49 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: lou whitaker, retired numbers

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Rangers honor retired jerseys with dimensions at new stadium

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The dimensions at the new Texas Rangers’ ballpark will be similar to their old stadium, with slightly altered distances designed to honor the team’s retired jersey numbers.

The left field pole will be 329 feet from home plate, the 29 a reference to former third baseman Adrian Beltre’s jersey. It will be 407 feet to straightaway center field, honoring Hall of Fame catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, and 410 at the deepest points to mark Michael Young’s No. 10.

Former manager Johnny Oates’ No. 26 will be marked by the 326 feet to the right field pole at Globe Life Field.

So, what do they do if they retire more numbers?

 

QLE Posted: December 04, 2019 at 10:31 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, retired numbers, stadiums

 

 

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