Joe Torre is slated to have his number retired by the Yankees on August 23, but he spoke to the media about it today while in Milwaukee for the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association.
“It would always be special when you get honored by a particular team,” Torre said. “But when it’s the Yankees, you realize what their history is. You know you only have so many umbers to choose from. I remember when I came over, I wanted a single digit. That’s how I got the number, No. 6. I had worn 9, I had worn 15. Flip the six, it’s a nine, add it to nine, it’s 15; who knows? I wanted a single digit and I had it and there it was. Who could have ever dreamed at that point in 95-96 that this would be the result? It’s been awesome to me.”
Derek Jeter, who had known Torre ever since he came up in the Yankees system, had no idea Torre was being honored by the Yankees until today, but says he’s is extremely happy for him.
“He’s going to go down as a great Yankee, not just a great Yankee manager,” Jeter said. “He’s meant a lot to this organization. When are they doing it? This year? Good. It’s well deserved. We have a great relationship. I’ve said it before, he’s been like a second father to me throughout my career playing for him and now even though he’s not the manager here, we still have a close relationship. So I’m extremely happy.”
— I know I normally don’t do minor league notes but there were so many notes coming from the farm system that I couldn’t resist listing them all.
1) P Branden Pinder and 1B Kyle Roller have been promoted to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. As a corresponding move Yoshinori Tateyama was released and Corban Joseph was placed on the temporary inactive list.
2) Chris Leroux was sent to Double-A Trenton to fill a spot in the rotation
3) Pete O’Brien was called up from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton. He’ll see majority of his time in right field.
“I respect the guy,” McCann said. “I respect the way he plays. He plays hard every single night. It’s way, way over.”
— Here’s today’s “Stat Pack” Notes!
1) Ichiro Suzuki leads all Yankees batters (no min. PA) with a .373 (19-for-51) average…has hit safely in 10 of his 12 starts, with seven multi-hit games… is batting .444 (8-for-18) with 1 double and 1BB in 19PA vs. LHP.
2) Tonight at Miller Park, the Yankees and Brewers will meet for the first of three games this season… SINCE MILWAUKEE JOINED THE NL IN 1998: The Yankees have faced the Brewers in two series, going 3-0 from 6/28-30/11 at Yankee Stadium and 1-2 from 6/6-8/05 at Miller Park … IN THE POSTSEASON: Have met in one postseason series — the 1981 ALDS, with the Yankees winning 3-games-to-2