The Yankees have announced that they will be retiring the number of former manager Joe Torre on August 23rd. Torre’s number 6 will become the 17th number retired by baseball’s most historic franchise. With his number retirement, and the inevitable retirement of Derek Jeter’s number 2, the Yankees will no longer be able to field a player with a single digit number.
Torre will also join only Casey Stengel and Billy Martin as managers to have their number retired by the Yanks.
It will be a year full of ceremonies for the former manager and current Major League baseball Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations; along with this entry into Yankee immortality, he will be enshrined at the Baseball Hall of Fame this year as well, placing him among the greats to ever be involved with the game of baseball.
Torre managed the Yankees to four championships; 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000, in his 12 years at the helm, along with two additional American league pennants and ten division titles. During his time as Yankee manager his team failed to win 90 games only once, and never finished worse than second in the American League East. Truly an incredible run of success that would be hard for any manager to match again given the state of player movement in baseball.
The Yankees also announced that during the summer they will hold separate ceremonies for several other outstanding former players with Goose Gossage, Paul O’Niell and Tino Martinez all being given plaques in Yankee Stadium’s monument park. Gossage was the premier closer in Yankee history prior to Mariano Rivera, notching 151 saves in seven seasons in pinstripes. O’Niell and Martinez were cornerstone players for the Yankees’ late 1990’s into early 2000’s run of dominance, and both were beloved figures on four championship teams.