The Yankees will retire Andy Pettitte’s number 46

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It was reported yesterday that the New York Yankees will retire Andy Pettitte’s number 46 and give him a plaque in Monument Park. The source of the report: Pettitte’s son Josh tweeted it:

It was later confirmed by several reporters. Pettitte’s number will be the 18th retired by the Yankees. At some point they’ll have to start giving out pinstriped jerseys with, like, hashtags and @ symbols on them. Or maybe they can go with decimals or something. If you get traded to the Yankees, here is your best course of action:

Pettitte pitched for 18 years in the bigs, 15 of which in New York. With the Yankees he complied a record of 219-127 with a 3.94 ERA and 2,020 strikeouts in 2,796.1 innings. He was a three-time All-Star and, of course, helped the Bombers to five World Series titles.

Video: Pete Alonso hits home run no. 50

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Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.

It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.

Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.