Open Thread: Uniform numbers and nothing else


Every one in a while I run across one of those “on this date in history” items that involves the Yankees. As I traipsed around the internet today, I ran across a pretty significant one. On January 21, 1920, the Yankees announced that their players would wear uniform numbers. No other team in baseball did this at the time. Instead of letting players pick, they had numbers assigned based on batting order position. Hence, Babe Ruth got 3, and Lou Gehrig eventually got 4.

While the format for handing out numbers changed — players choose now — I’m glad nothing else did. It’s kind of neat that the Yankees don’t have their names on the backs of their jerseys. It’s also good for fans, who can buy one overpriced authentic jersey and wear it through multiple players. It worked out real well for those who bought Jason Giambi jerseys. Not so much, though, for people like my buddy Jon who bought a Sheffield jersey.

Oh, and just because we haven’t yet mentioned it, the Pirates DFA’d former Yankee Anthony Claggett to make room for former Yankee Octavio Dotel. Claggett is the second former Yankee the Pirates have DFA’d this week. Steven Jackson is the other. They released Eric Hacker in November, and he has since signed a minor league deal with the Giants.

In local sports, the Rangers visit Philly and the Panthers face the Islanders. No local basketball, though NBA fans will probably want to watch the Lakers at Caveliers at 8 on TNT. Big East basketball fans can catch Seton Hall at Louisville on ESPN or ESPN2.

And now, your open thread.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. T-Dubs says:

    You kidding me Joe?! Your buddy Jon and myself are very proud of our Gary Sheffield Brett Gardner jerseys!

  2. king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

    rugby still assigns numbers by position.

    in college mine was 18…that’s the second substitute’s first substitute.

    sign clagget and jackson to fill igawa’s spot since he’ll be our hot new loogy!

  3. kenthadley says:

    any interest in Brandon Jones, dfa Braves?

  4. Drew says:

    2 hours of Jersey Shore action and new Burn Notice. New Office, Community, Parks & Rec and Fringe. Dammit why cant they spread all this out over the week.

  5. Riddering says:

    Nothing will beat the last Cavs-Lakers game that took place in L.A. and featured the fans throwing their foam fingers on the court because they couldn’t believe their team was losing.

  6. Zack says:

    Man I was looking forward to seeing Tracy McGrady and his 46 minutes of total playing time as the starter in the All Star game.

  7. Is it me or do Cavs-Lakers play more times than an EC/WC team should?

  8. Speaking of numbers, while My Man 100 Grand has already taken #14, the following players added this offseason will still need to be assigned numbers (in order of expected playing time):

    Javier Vazquez
    Nick Johnson
    Jamie Hoffmann


    Romulo Sanchez
    Boone Logan


    Kevin Russo
    Ivan Nova
    Reegie Corona
    Eduardo Nuñez
    Hector Noesi

    Any ideas on who takes what number? Vazquez has rocked 23 and 33 in the past, but they’re both taken/retired. Nick’s old #36 is currently in use by Edwar, so maybe that’s still “available”. The rest are Up In The Air (starring George Clooney and Vera Farmiga). Also, Juan Miranda may switch from #72 to something less Spring-Training-y.

  9. Ed says:

    The uniforms were issued in 1929, not 1920.

  10. Interesting news. Kelvin DeLeon has joined my “Bring Melvin to America” page on Facebook. 100 members strong.
    “Asesino de los Suenos” is coming.

  11. Dalelama says:

    Five albums for deserted island: Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland, Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon, The Who Who’s Next, Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street, Grateful Dead Skull and Roses

  12. Accent Shallow says:

    So Montero has gotten Manny Ramirez and Miguel Cabrera comps int he past few days. Glorious.

  13. Drew says:

    40 Mil for the Cone Zone. Not bad at all.

    Too bad he has to wait till September to come back.

  14. Drew says:

    Feguson Jenkins, stop your bitching.


    Seriously, I’m so sick of all these old-timers.

  15. chriskeo says:

    Is that Sleeps counter right? I was hoping ST would be closer :(

  16. 28 next year says:

    out of curiousity, say Jesus got a 40 man call up this year and the Yankees clinch the AL East while he is up. Does he get to celebrate with champagne even though technically he isn’t at the legal limit?

    (Honestly though because I already know Jesus can do what he wants when he wants.)

  17. Mike Axisa says:

    Boy they really mailed in tonight’s episode of The Office, huh?

  18. 28 next year says:

    anyone else here like the show supernatural?

  19. Tom Zig says:

    Saw this question posed on ESPN.com:

    Would you rather have LBJ’s next 10 years or Kobe’s previous 10?

  20. pat says:

    Is Julianne Moore supposed to be doing a boston accent? It’s fucking terrible.

  21. Reggie C. says:

    Can a corner coming out of college really be called “shutdown.” This kid Haden out of Florida is being touted as such. Its kinda annoying considering how good WRs in the NFL are.

    Haden would be an awesome addition to a weak Gmen secondary.

    • pat says:

      Is he a first rounder? Good CB’s are useless when they have to cover for 10 seconds on every play. I’d rather a bigass fuckin DT or an impact MLB.

  22. Drew says:

    Man the Lakers are fucking stacked.

    Kobe Bean

  23. johnny says:

    Anybody else feel like we have granderson at a bargain after seeing the contract victorino just signed, or am I alone in my belief that grandy is a superior player?

  24. Accent Shallow says:

    Seton Hall basketball is a bad joke.

    /I’m allowed to say that, I’m an alumnus

  25. Hughesus Cristo says:

    There are things other than Jersey Shore going on tonight?

  26. pat says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH Conan is the fucking man. 4.8 million dollar sketch.

  27. uh…. just eat good food and work out.

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