We heard earlier today that the Yankees were planning to retire Andy Pettitte’s No. 46 this year. The team made it official this afternoon while also announcing plans to honor some other Yankee greats. Here’s part of the announcement:
The New York Yankees today announced that Bernie Williams (No. 51), Jorge Posada (No. 20) and Andy Pettitte (No. 46) will each have their uniform numbers retired and will be honored with plaques in Monument Park. Willie Randolph will be recognized with a Monument Park plaque. The ceremonies are part of a recognition series that saw the honoring of Joe Torre, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neill in 2014.
Williams will be celebrated on Sunday, May 24, before the Yankees’ 8:05 p.m. game vs. Texas. Randolph will be honored during Old-Timers’ Day festivities on Saturday, June 20 prior to the Yankees’ 7:15 p.m. game vs. Detroit. Posada will take his place in Monument Park on August 22, and Pettitte will be recognized on August 23.
It’s easy to joke about how many numbers the Yankees have retired. I said something earlier on Twitter that they will soon have to start using emojis, so I’m as guilty as anyone. However, everyone involved is deserving. In the case of Randolph, being recognized in Monument Park is long overdue.
Williams played 16 seasons with the Yankees and was the team’s starting center fielder during their incredible run of four World Series titles in five seasons from 1996-2000. Posada, part of the “Core Four” with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Pettitte, played 17 seasons with the Yankees and won four World Series rings (he appeared in just eight games in 1996, so he got his fourth ring in 2009). Randolph played with the Yankees from 1976-1988, winning World Series titles in 1977 and 1978, and was later a coach with the club for 11 seasons.