It appears that after this season, no one will will ever wear a single-digit number for the New York Yankees again.
The team announced on Thursday that it will hold a August 23rd ceremony at Yankee Stadium to retire the number of former Yankees manager Joe Torre. With his number begin taking off the rack, it leaves Derek Jeter's No.2 as the only active single-digit number left, and something tells me it won't be around very long after Jeter retires.
Torre spent 12 years (1996-2007) as the manager of the Yankees, winning four World Series titles, with two other failed attempts to bring home the crown in 2001 and 2003. He ended his tenure with the Bombers after the '07 season, finishing with a 1,173-767 (.605) record in New York, winning 10 division titles and six American League pennants.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said during the winter they would look into retire Torre's number at some point this season. Torre, who is currently serving as the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, so it would so seem like the best time to do it this season.
The Yankees also announced that Torre will get a plaque in Monument Park during his ceremony, and will also give out plaques to Goose Gossage and Tino Martinez on June 21st and 22nd, as part of Old Timers Day at the Stadium. Paul O'Neill will get his own ceremony on August 9th, with the whole "Recognition Series" concluding in 2015 with a ceremony to honor Bernie Williams.
I like the idea of giving all of these players their dues. Though, I don't get holding off Williams' ceremony until next season.
Either way, will also be getting Derek Jeter Day later in the year when the Yankees play their final home series of the season. If it ends up being similar to the Mariano Rivera Day held last year, Jeter's number could be retired right there on the spot, as it was for Rivera's 42.
As for who else we could as should see celebrated in the near future, I'm not sure how much longer it should take for the Yankees to do something with Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada. Those two guys weren't as great as Rivera and Jeter were, but they were still a huge part of the Core Four, and should be recognized fairly soon.