REPORT: New York Yankees have scheduled ‘Andy Pettitte Day'; will retire his number
Just 16 months removed from throwing his final pitch, the New York Yankees are reportedly set to retire Andy Pettitte‘s number in a day set aside for the key member of the so-called “Core Four” (along with Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera). The New York Daily News is reporting that August 23 will be “Andy Pettitte Day” and his number 46 will be removed from the jersey number options for current players:
— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) February 15, 2015
Andy Pettitte pitched 14 years with the New York Yankees, his entire career except for three productive seasons with the Houston Astros. For his career, the three-time All-Star compiled 256 career wins (plus another 19 in the postseason) and was part of five World Championship Yankees teams (and three other pennant winners, including one with the Houston Astros in their only pennant in history). His 219 wins for the Yankees ranks third all-time in franchise history, behind Whitey Ford and Red Ruffing. His 2,020 strikeouts with the Yankees is the most in franchise history.
Mariano Rivera’s #42 is retired for both the all-time saves leader and as with every major league team as a tribute to Jackie Robinson. Derek Jeter’s #2 will certainly be retired in the near future, leaving Jorge Posada as the only number from the Core Four currently in use. In all, the Yankees have 17 numbers retired (as a tribute to 19 players, #8 and #42 for multiple players). Pettitte would be the 18th/20th. And nobody has worn Posada’s #20 since he retired in 2011, that one is probably on deck.
– David Whitlock