REPORT: New York Yankees have scheduled ‘Andy Pettitte Day'; will retire his number

  • David Whitlock

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:

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.

In two stints with the Yankees, Andy Pettitte won five World Series rings Credit: AP

In two stints with the Yankees, Andy Pettitte won five World Series rings
Credit: AP

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

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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