Yankees will retire Joe Torre’s jersey number “at some point”
Joe Torre is having a hell of a year. He will be a part of next summer’s hall of fame class and now has something to look forward to in the future past that too.
Torre is still one of the most recognizable names in Yankees lore for the last 20 years or so, despite having left the team at the end of the 2007 season. General Manager Brian Cashman is aware of how beloved Torre was during his time as the manager in the Bronx and says that at some point the Yankees will be retiring Joe Torre’s #6 sometime in the near future. If you haven’t noticed, no Yankee has worn the #6 since Torre left in 2007.
“We haven’t given it out for a reason,” Cashman said. “It’s been tucked away for quite some time. At some point, that will happen, no doubt about it. Clearly it’s already unofficially happened because we’ve left that open.”
Before this last year, the Yankees hadn’t retired a jersey number since Ron Guidry’s #49 ascended to the rafters in 2003. This year, Mariano Rivera’s #42 was retired.
When asked about Joe Torre’s induction into the hall of fame this year, Cashman said, “I think it’s great. It’s obviously deserved. It’s not unexpected; I thought he should be a first-ballot (Hall of Famer) and he was.”
This is the second day in a row that Brian Cashman has had good things to say about Yankees alumni, the first being his praise of Mariners 2B Robinson Cano at the winter meetings. Obviously I wouldn’t put Cashman up for sainthood yet, but this politically correct and kind Cashman is… refreshing I guess?
Torre is certainly deserving of the hall of fame with over 2,000 wins as a manager (only the 10th manager to do so) and is the only person in the history of major league baseball to have 2,000 wins as a manager and 2,000 hits as a player. With 2,326 wins, he is currently ranked fifth in wins as a manager. Under Torre, the Yanks reached the post-season every year and won ten American League East Division titles, six American League pennants, four World Series titles, and compiled a .605 winning percentage overall.
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