• Should The Yankees Retire #46?

    Posted by on May 26th, 2010 · Comments (10)

    By the end of this season, Andy Pettitte will become just the third Yankees pitcher to win 200 games while wearing the team’s uniform. In fact, today, only two pitchers (Whitey Ford and Red Ruffing) have won more games with the Yankees than Andy Pettitte.

    Also, by the end of this season, Andy Pettitte will become just the fourth Yankees pitcher to pitch in 2,500 innings while wearing the team’s uniform. The others are Whitey Ford, Red Ruffing, and Mel Stottlemyre.

    In addition, by the end of this season, will become #2 on the Yankees all-time list for career strikeouts (with Whitey Ford being the all-time leader).

    Currently, Andy Pettitte is 3rd on the Yankees all-time list for Games Started by a pitcher. If he makes just 16 more starts this season, Pettitte will become just the second pitcher in Yankees history to make 400 starts for the team – with Whitey Ford being the other.

    Lastly, Andy Pettitte has 18 career post-season wins – 17 of them coming with the Yankees. Those 18 wins is the current major league record for most career wins in the post-season. Pettitte also holds the major league record for most career innings pitched in the post-season (249.0).

    Pettitte is one of the two or three greatest starting pitchers, in terms of career numbers, in Yankees history. And, he’s a post-season legend. How could the Yankees not retire #46 for Andy Pettitte when his career is over?

    Comments on Should The Yankees Retire #46?

    1. 77yankees
      May 26th, 2010 | 11:05 pm

      Yes, I think retiring #46 is a done deal. But just imagine how he’d be in the Yankee record books if not for that “three year sabbatical”.

    2. MJ Recanati
      May 26th, 2010 | 11:08 pm

      Didn’t you say a few weeks ago that you wish the Yanks could un-retire all of the jerseys of those who never made the Hall of Fame and all of those players who merely used the Bronx as a stopover (Reggie)…

      Andy’s not a Hall of Famer. I wouldn’t retire his uniform before Paul O’Neill’s, that’s for damn sure.

    3. clintfsu813
      May 27th, 2010 | 8:37 am

      I get torn on this because I do think the Yankees have retired too many numbers. That being said, when it comes to Andy, my response is easy. If you retired Whitey..you HAVE to retire Andy.

    4. Jake1
      May 27th, 2010 | 10:19 am

      who cares if they have a lot of retired #’s? isnt that the point of having great players?

      bernie, andy, posada have all earned it

    5. K-V-C
      May 27th, 2010 | 10:21 am

      No.

      He is, like Bernie he is a fan favorite and his post season numbers are inflated by the number of games it now takes to get to the World Series.
      His numbers through 16 seasons, compared to Whitey, 1 win less and 30 more loses. Petite 2 all star games, Ford 10.

      He is a good solid pitcher, not a HOF and not deserving of having his number retired.

    6. MJ Recanati
      May 27th, 2010 | 11:19 am

      K-V-C wrote:

      He is a good solid pitcher, not a HOF and not deserving of having his number retired.

      Agreed.

    7. clintfsu813
      May 27th, 2010 | 11:56 am

      I agree with the HOF argument too, its just that we didnt use that criteria before so I dont think its fair to Andy to use it against him now.

    8. May 27th, 2010 | 3:51 pm
    9. Corey Italiano
      May 27th, 2010 | 4:06 pm

      @ clintfsu813:
      No disrespect to Andy intendend, but he’s certainly no chairman of the board. (Whitey Ford is one of my favorites).

    10. clintfsu813
      May 27th, 2010 | 6:07 pm

      @ Corey Italiano:
      I wasnt totally comparing Andy to Whitey, just that I think lesser players than Andy have had their numbers retired. Thats what I meant by fairness and criteria. I think Andy has been incredibly important to the Yanks since ’96, especially in the postseason.

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