The New York Yankees will retire Andy Pettitte‘s jersey No. 46 and place a plaque in his honor in Monument Park as part of the “Andy Pettitte Day” festivities before the team’s game against the Cleveland Indians on August 23. Although the Yankees haven’t made an official announcement yet, the news was first reported on Twitter by Andy’s son, Josh.
Heard it here first. @Yankees are making August 23rd Andy Pettitte day. Retiring #46 and honoring him with a plaque in Monument Park!!
— Josh Pettitte (@JPettitte21) February 15, 2015
As part of the Core Four, Pettitte was a major part of the Yankees success during his playing days. He posted a 219-127 record with a 3.94 ERA during his 15 seasons with the Bronx Bombers, helping the team win five World Series championships in seven appearances during his two stints with the club.
His 2,020 strikeouts as a Yankee is the franchise’s all-time record, and he ranks third in innings pitched in pinstripes. In his career, Pettitte was also a three-time All Star and was named MVP of the 2001 ALCS.
Following Mariano Rivera, Pettitte will be the second member of the Core Four to be inducted into Monument Park. He will also be the 18th Yankee to have his number retired, following his former manager Joe Torre, whose No. 6 was retired last season.
There are rumors that the Yankees are looking to increase the number of retired jerseys in the near future, as it is most likely that the other two members of the Core Four, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada, will also find their way into Monument Park very soon.