• Monument Park News

    Posted by on May 8th, 2014 · Comments (6)

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    The New York Yankees today announced that Class of 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Torre, Hall of Famer Rich “Goose” Gossage, Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neill will all be honored with plaques in Monument Park. Torre will also have his uniform No. 6 retired. The ceremonies are part of a recognition series that will include Bernie Williams in 2015.

    Martinez and Gossage will be celebrated during Old-Timers’ Day weekend on Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22, respectively. O’Neill’s ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 9, while Torre will take his place in Monument Park on Saturday, August 23.

    Tino Martinez gets a plaque? Does Willie Randolph have one? How does Tino get one before Willow?

    Comments on Monument Park News

    1. Corey
      May 8th, 2014 | 5:58 pm

      And where is Posada’s plaque? Bernie has to wait?

    2. Corey
      May 8th, 2014 | 5:59 pm

      I loved watching Tino Martinez play. But come on.

    3. May 8th, 2014 | 6:42 pm

      I hate when things like this are done. The Yankees are making a farce out of what was once thought to be sacred ground. Where is the plaque for Tommy Henrich. How about Roy White and Sparky Lyle.

    4. May 8th, 2014 | 11:03 pm

      Corey wrote:

      And where is Posada’s plaque? Bernie has to wait?

      For sure, Bernie should have one before Tino. I don’t get the Tino thing, at all.

    5. #15
      May 9th, 2014 | 12:27 pm

      I suppose we would have to state our standards for inclusion…

      To me, “Did the guy (as a player and/or coach) do great things while a Yankee, and contribute mightily to the team doing great things, for a long period of time. And, is he clearly identified as a Yankee.”

      In other words, if Willie Mays had spent a few years as a NYY late in his career… Ahhh… No. Not even close. Got to love those Mets.

      And… Sorry Jackie… you’re out. Get the shovels and move the plaque to another spot at the Stadium.

      Donnie lacks the “team doing great things” check box, but anyone that watched him knows he qualifies.

      Therefore… I would say Roy and Bernie (even moreso) make the cut. Both very good, both career (one uniform) guys, both 15+ years with the team, both came up through the system, both contributed to multiple rings. Roy has also stayed around the organization over time and contributes whenever asked. Served as a coach as well. Of course, he needed to for income, Bernie doesn’t. Not sure about retiring their numbers. Maybe Bernie meets that standard.

      Jeter, of course (plus a retired number), plus Andy at some point, despite his vacation in Houston. Jorge… Yep. I’d say Willie R. is close and probably makes the cut, plus he was a winning coach as well. Sparky had 7 very good NYY years. Not sure that’s enough. He might deserve it more than Goose, but Goose brings the HOF shine with him. Not sure Sparky or Goose meet my “Clearly identified as a Yankee” bar. Then… You might also ask that question about Joe T.

      Tino is an interesting question… Did great things as a Yankee – check, contributed to the team doing great things – check, for a long period of time – ahh hold on, I’ll come back to that, clearly identified as a Yankee – so-so, in part because of the modest tenure. On the last two points, steroids come in to the question. If Giambi isn’t signed based on PED-induced expectations, and Tino plays the next 2-4 yeas in NY, which he wanted to do, then yes, I’d say Tino qualifies. Maybe this is the Yankees way of saying we made a mistake letting you go.

    6. Raf
      May 10th, 2014 | 11:24 am

      I don’t know guys. Look how long it took for Guidry’s number to be formally retired.

      To be honest, this seems to be consistent behavior from the Yankees regarding their treatment of Williams, a very good player (how many centerfielders do you remember hitting cleanup?) overshadowed by others (Jeter, O’Neill, Cone, Posada, among others). Williams wasn’t particularly quotable, and he didn’t show the displays of emotions or passion that fans generally are accustomed, to try and relate to players. There were the battles in arbitration, a fairly rough free agency process after the 1998 season and even the way his MLB career ended. There was also a bit of gnashing teeth and rending garments after Williams started his music career as well, as if he couldn’t have interests outside of baseball.

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