Yanks to retire No. 46, honor Andy Pettitte with a plaque in Monument Park

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Andy Pettitte Day is coming to the Bronx on August 23rd. According to Josh Pettitte, Andy’s son, the Yankees are retiring No. 46 and will honor Pettitte with a plaque in Monument Park this summer. The team has not made any kind of official announcement. (Here’s a screen cap of Josh’s tweet in case it gets deleted at some point. Something tells me this was supposed to be a secret.)

Over the last 18 months or so, various team officials said the Yankees are planning to honor former personnel in the coming years. Joe Torre’s No. 6 was retired last summer while Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neill, and Goose Gossage received plaques in Monument Park. The club previously announced Bernie Williams will be honored in some way in 2015 as well.

In addition to Pettitte and Bernie, the Yankees are inevitably going to retire Derek Jeter‘s No. 2 at some point very soon. I have to think Jorge Posada will be honored in some way as well, either with a plaque and/or by retiring No. 20. Every one of these guys is an obvious and deserving candidate for some kind of honor in Monument Park.

Pettitte played 15 years with the Yankees, winning five World Series titles. He went 219-127 with a 3.94 ERA (115 ERA+) in pinstripes and is the team’s all-time leader in strikeouts (2,020). Pettitte is third in on the Yankees’ all-time wins list (219), third in innings (2,796.1), and third in pitching WAR (51.6). A case can be made he is the best starting pitcher in franchise history.

No. 46 will be the team’s 18th (!) retired number. Nos. 1 (Billy Martin), 3 (Babe Ruth), 4 (Lou Gehrig), 5 (Joe DiMaggio), 6 (Torre), 7 (Mickey Mantle), 8 (Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey), 9 (Roger Maris), 10 (Phil Rizzuto), 15 (Thurman Munson), 16 (Whitey Ford), 23 (Don Mattingly), 32 (Elston Howard), 37 (Casey Stengel), 42 (Mariano Rivera and Jackie Robinson), 44 (Reggie Jackson), 49 (Ron Guidry) are all retired.

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  • Arad

    Guess my fantasy team name wasn’t tribute enough

    • Andrew Jarosh

      U know Andy can pitch this season if he unretIred. His stuff translates well in older age

  • bernbabybern

    Retiring the number of a known PED user. There is hope for Arod.

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      A-Rod should be in there for No. 13. He is the best player by far to wear the number.

      • Arad

        Ideally, yeah. But sadly, won’t ever happen

        • Deep Thoughts

          He could retire with 4 World Series rings with the Yankees. Let’s just wait and see what happens eh?

          • The Shanesaw

            Rings on one hand and a syringe in the other.

    • UnKnown

      Yup get the pitchforks out… LOL

    • SweetSpot

      LOL! Nice try. Hardly the same and you know this.

    • Mike

      Pettitte didn’t cheat. He used it to recover more quickly. That is something to be commended.

  • Jack

    Will they retire Bernie, Paul O’Neill or Posada do you think?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      I’d guess yes, no, and yes.

    • Arad

      I think none are ever worn again, but I’ll guess just Posadas is legit retired

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      They should put all three in there (Goofy and Superchief should’ve had 11 and 22 retired as well, oh wait…)

    • RetroRob

      Can’t see them retiring O’Neill’s. I’m not in favor of them retiring anyone’s but Jeter’s and Rivera’s from the group. Plaques and days are fine, numbers should be for all-time greats.

      • Giuseppe Franco

        Agreed. Just Mo and Jeter should have their numbers retired since they are both first ballot Hall of Famers.

      • yclept

        While I agree, they kind of took away the “all time greats” criteria back when guys like Billy Martin started to get retired numbers.

      • yclept

        While I agree, they kind of took away the “all time greats” criteria back when guys like Billy Martin started to get retired numbers.

        • RetroRob

          They did. Of all the numbers they’ve retired, Martin’s bothers me the most. Perplexing.

    • Tony Wilson

      Bernie without a doubt

    • MB923

      They would have retired Paulie’s already since they gave him a plaque.

  • Tar

    Yeah Andy!!!!

  • The Shanesaw

    Nice. Andys a great Yankee (without the ‘roids).

    • Y’s Guy

      Not only the HGH, but the lying when he got caught and ‘came clean.’

      • SweetSpot

        Exactly. And I believe it was an injury recovery usage not to gain an edge in performance.

        • Mike

          That’s what made Pettitte a favorite with the fans.

  • The Shanesaw

    Dayum. 18 retired numbers. And they sure as hell ain’t gonna give someone number 2.

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Francesa has a topic for the first few hours of his show tomorrow.

  • I am Brett Godner

    Andy Pettitte is THE man. Nuff said. No dispute. /thread

  • Tony Wilson

    Very well deserved a great Yankee and seems like a good man. During that dominant Yankee period in the postseason the calmest times for me as a fan was when Andy and El Duque were on the mound. I would take him over Capuano right now!

  • HoopDreams

    ANDY PETTITTE IS A STARTING PITCHER!!! ANDY PETTITTE IS A STARTING PITCHER!!!

  • BigBlueAL

    If they are gonna retire Pettitte’s number than they have to retire Bernie and Posada’s number as well because they are more deserving than Pettitte if you ask me.

  • MB923

    Still waiting for #51 to be retired

    • Tony Wilson

      Should be

  • Kenthadley

    A case can be made for Andy being the third best starting pitcher in franchise history after Ford and Ruffing.

    • RetroRob

      Absolutely, and actually Andy can be argued ahead of Ruffing, whose number is not retired.

  • rogue

    I’m opposed to retiring numbers. By 2050 every Yankee will be wearing #s 50-99.

    • MB923

      Hopefully it will be 50, and then 52-99

      • Sir Didi Odell Nakamura Jr

        52-54, 56-99.

    • The Shanesaw

      Three digits. A nightmare.

      • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

        No. 101, the right fielder, Mason Williams the 3rd.

        • The Shanesaw

          STOP

      • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

        They will adopt hexadecimal numbers.

    • BearNJ

      I guess # 46 will join 1, 9, 10, 32 and 44 as numbers that never should been retired.

      • The Original Drew

        Roger Maris shouldn’t have his number retired? What?

        • BearNJ

          Definitely not. Maris had two great years, one very good one, 2 solid ones and was done. He was on two world series winners. Not exactly Ruth, Mantle, DiMaggio stuff. Maris number was retired because George felt sorry for him around thirty years after he let the Yankees.

          • The Original Drew

            Breaking the all time HR record is pretty big in my mind. He doesn’t have to be Ruth or any of those guys, but if you think only the truly great should get their numbers retired that’s an entirely different story.

            • BearNJ

              Retired numbers are for legends, Hall of Famers and
              great Yankees who fall short of the first two like Munson and Mattingly. That’s where I am on the issue. I’m fine with plaques for all in Momument park. To me only Jeter and Mariano among the Core 4 era deserved their numbers along the Yankee greats.

              • The Original Drew

                Posada is a boarder line HOF though. 11th all time in HR as a catcher, probably a top 15-10 catcher of all time. Petitte is franchise leader in strike outs and if he wouldn’t have gone off to Houston those 3 years he would be 1st in a bunch of others. There are some guys who have their number retired that shouldn’t but Posada Pettitte Willams Jeter all deserve to be there. Even when they retire all those numbers the Yankees will have like 80 active numbers. The people crying that the Yankees will have triple digits soon are being a little dramatic.

                • BearNJ

                  It’s just we are watering down the greatness of being in momument park. To be fair it occurred before these last few when Ellie Howard # 32, Billy #1, Scooter #10 and reggie’s # 44 and Maris #9 were retired because George felt bad, guilty or liked them.

                  • The Original Drew

                    It’s a fair point to make, because they aren’t on the same level as Jeter or Rivera but had more of an impact than O’Neill or Tino. It’s a hard question that I’ve become more torn on. It’s being cheapened sure, but it’s not like these guys are the Luis Sojos of the generation. I think they are deserving, just not as deserving as Jeter/Rivera etc

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    The Stare…good times.

  • SweetSpot

    Great for Pettitte! He should absolutely have his number retired and get a plaque as should Posada. I believe Jeter, Mariano should get monuments and Yogi should have his plaque replaced with a monument.

    • yclept

      Yogi will likely get a monument when he passes…not to sound morbid or anything.

    • yclept

      Yogi will likely get a monument when he passes…not to sound morbid or anything.

  • ACX

    Happy for Andy, but what about Bernie?

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      Supposed to get something early in the year. Probably involves 51 being retired.

  • PROMETHEUS AND BOB

    So let me get this straight, they honor a PED user/liar in Pettitte. Yet they vilify and hate ARod? hypocritical much?

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      +1 for the handle.

    • Mike

      Using HGH to recover is OK. Not cheating.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    My thoughts?

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Obviously they’re going to retire #2. I hope they also retire #51. I could go either way on #20. Obviously they won’t be retiring any other numbers anytime soon (unless they actually retire #21), so I think everyone needs to get off the “They retire too many numbers!” shtick.

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      Goofy and Superchief or bust once Gardy and Ellsbury’s contracts are over.

    • yclept

      If 51 gets retired, so should 20.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        Why? Bernie was the better player on all levels.

        • Tony Wilson

          Absolutely

        • RetroRob

          Both are borderline HOFers, although seemingly on the wrong side of the line, but Jorge probably is viewed slightly higher up on the list of all-time list of catchers than Bernie is in CFers. I can’t make the argument for Bernie over Jorge. My feeling is if one has his number retired, the other has to.

          • Goof4pj

            Bernie was a better player whereas Posada was a better hitter. Posada was a horrible catcher.

        • yclept

          Go to Fangraphs and start sorting on a bunch of categories..first filtered by catcher. Then filter by CF. Jorge is going to show up higher on the list of catchers than Bernie will on the list of CF.

          Not an indictment against Bernie at all – my only point is you can’t retire one without retiring the other.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        Why? Bernie was the better player on all levels.

    • yclept

      If 51 gets retired, so should 20.

  • Sir Didi Odell Nakamura Jr

    Other teams: “I wish we had numbers to retire, this sucks!”

    Yankees: “We have too many retired numbers, this sucks!”

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      Cardinals have 11 to be fair, including the other not J-Rob 42.

      • Sir Didi Odell Nakamura Jr

        Other Teams: “Blah, blah”

        Yankees: “Blah, Blah”

        Cardinals: “We’re close to the Yankees! But why aren’t we!?!? DAMNIT!!!”

  • The Baseball Ninja

    Meh….Liked Pettitte, but he left. I understand the dynamic about money, etc……but Pettitte always felt a notch “lower” to me than the others because of this. Could’ve used his arm in ’04

  • joey12524

    What about Bernie??? he was a true yankee.

  • Thuds81

    https://twitter.com/chuckknoblauch/status/567154579192565760 Apparently Knothroblach did not like this at all.

    • Moncada’s Codpiece

      Knoblauch should stay in his hidey hole.

  • Elaine Kapetanakis

    Congrats, Andy.