After news surfaced on Sunday night via Twitter that the New York Yankees were going to retire Andy Pettitte‘s No. 46, the team announced on Monday afternoon that they will also honor Jorge Posada, Willie Randolph and Bernie Williams during the 2015 season.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) February 16, 2015
The ceremonies will take place on separate days, and the YES Network’s Jack Curry broke the official dates that the festivities will occur. As Curry notes in his tweet, it appears that Yankee fans will have to wait until 2016 to see Derek Jeter‘s No. 2 get retired.
Dates for Yankee ceremonies: Williams (May 24), Posada (Aug 22), Pettitte (Aug 23), Randolph (OT Day, June 20). Guess #2 gets retired in ’16 — Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) February 16, 2015
Bernie Williams’ No. 51 will be the first one to be enshrined into Monument Park. After signing with the team as an amateur free agent in 1985, Williams spent his entire 16-year career in the Bronx, posting a slash line of .297/.381/.477. Williams is considered by many fans to be the unofficial fifth member of the Core Four, as he played a major role in four World Series Championship teams. He was a five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner.
During June 20’s Old Timers’ Day festivities, the Yankees will not retire Randolph’s jersey, but will honor him with a plaque in Monument Park. Randolph spent 13 seasons of his 18-year career with the Yankees, posting a .275/.374/.357 slash line. He was a five-time All-Star during his Yankee career and also won the Silver Slugger Award in 1980.
Get ready to hear the Yankee fans chant “Hip, Hip, Jorge” when Jorge Posada is honored on August 22 before the Yankees take on the Cleveland Indians. Posada spent his entire 17-year career in the Bronx, won five World Series championships. As one of the Core Four, Posada was a five-time All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner. His durability and clutch performances were a main reason why the Yankees were so successful in the late 1990s into the 2000s.
On the very next day, August 23, the Yankees will officially retire Andy Pettitte’s No. 46. Andy’s son, Josh, broke the news last night on Twitter, but the Yankees made it official today that they were going to honor one of the best pitchers in franchise history. Pettitte posted a 219-127 record in his 15-year career with the Yankees.
— Baseball Essential (@BBE_Media) February 16, 2015
With all these celebrations going on, it should be one fun summer for Yankees fans in the Bronx.