Cashman says no one will receive #46 in spring training. Retirement up to ownership.
When Andy Pettitte left the Yankees for the Houston Astros a few years back they gave away his no. 46 and I had no problem with it. But he came back and was big for the Yankees again and won the clinching game in every round in 2009 as he won his fifth championship in Pinstripes. Now part of me would have a big problem with somebody donning no. 46 next year or even five or 10 years down the road.
Consider this, Pettitte is at the top or damn near close to the top of a ton of Yankees pitching records.
He’s second in games started (396), fourth in innings pitched (2535.2), second in strikeouts (1823), and third in wins (203). Pettitte also has the most playoff wins (19), starts (42), strikeouts (173) and innings pitched (263) of any Yankee all-time (There were no ALDS or ALCS in Whitey Ford’s days).
He also played with the Bombers for 13 seasons. He won five rings and was a big part, not only in winning all five of those rings, but turning the entire organization around. Remember, when Pettitte came up in 1995 the Yankees were not what they are today.
The fact is that on a team so rich and deep in history, Pettitte’s place among their best pitchers is firm.
Now there is trouble with retiring Pettitte’s number. People will say that he used HGH. Or that he was never really considered the “Ace” of the rotation throughout his career. Or even that there are way too many retired numbers. So this isn’t exactly a slam dunk case.
In my opinion his number should definitely go up in monument park, but it isn’t up to me. So I’d like to hear the case for or against from all of you.
Please comment and let me know what you think. Should Pettitte’s no. 46 be retired to monument park along with the rest of the Yankee greats.