Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall has been saying for years that the honor of a number retirement would be bestowed at some point on Randy Johnson and his 51 jersey. And now that “The Big Unit” has officially been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, plans for an official ceremony — to take place in 2015 at Arizona’s Chase Field — are in the works.
From beat reporter Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona …
It will be the third number retired by the Diamondbacks; Luis Gonzalez and his No. 20 got the honor in 2010 and Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 was retired by every organization in Major League Baseball in 1997.
The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.
It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.
The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.