A date has finally been set for the long-rumored retirement of Joe Torre's No. 6 uniform. After he was recently elected to the Hall of Fame, Brian Cashman essentially came out and said it would happen, we were just waiting for it to be officially announced. The Yankees will honor Torre in a ceremony on August 23, but he's not the only one who will be celebrated.
The Yankees have also announced a "recognition series" of sorts that will honor former Yankee players with plaques in Monument Park. Tino Martinez and Goose Gossage will be honored during Old-Timers' Day weekend on June 21 and 22, respectively. They will also hold a ceremony for Paul O`Neill on August 9 and Bernie Williams will be honored, oddly, in 2015.
I had always felt that the Yankees would wait a little longer so they could celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1996 team and retire the numbers of Torre, O`Neill, Bernie, Pettitte, Posada and whoever else they wanted together. Apparently I was wrong, since it would mean that they would only get one day of increased attendance instead of four different days.
I imagine we'll also have a Core Four day/year, since Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada are being left out. I think it's criminal how unappreciated Bernie Williams is by this organization and waiting until 2015 only continues that pattern. Since No. 21 and No. 51 won't be officially retired, does this mean they're going to finally reissue them? Once they retire Derek Jeter's number, the lowest number a player can wear will be No. 11. It might be time to dust the cobwebs off.
What does everyone think? Does Joe Torre deserve it? Should these players get a plaque or their number reitred or nothing at all? What are your thoughts on Bernie? Who has been left out?
Personally, I'm waiting for Cano's plaque.