Yankees without number

Actually, they all have numbers, but some of them are duplicates:

The Yankees may not be short on cash, Alex Rodriguez distractions or veteran players, but the Bronx Bombers are finally out of something: Numbers.

With 83 players invited to spring training in Tampa, Fla., not to mention team coaches, the squad in pinstripes is out of double-digit numbers.

“Double-digit” matters because the Yankees have retired all single-digit numbers except #2, which is worn by Derek Jeter, and #6, which has not been issued since the departure of Joe Torre after the 2007 season. In all, the Yanks have taken 16 numbers out of circulation.

A side note, happened upon while looking up those retired numbers: in 1997, when MLB officially retired #42 as a tribute to Jackie Robinson, the players who wore it at that time were allowed to keep it so long as they remained with that team. Mariano Rivera, who debuted with New York in ’95, still wears #42, and they’ll certainly retire it for both him and Robinson when the time comes.



  1. McGehee »

    16 February 2013 · 7:12 am

    Retiring numbers ought to have been reserved for truly phenomenal or historic players. At the rate they’re going they’ll have to start putting zip codes on uniforms.

  2. Baby M »

    16 February 2013 · 11:50 am

    If they need another one, there’s always Jim Otto’s old NFL number: #00.

  3. stixx23 »

    22 February 2013 · 1:31 am

    Not to pick nits, but only 15 numbers are “out of circulation.” 1,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,15,16,23,32,37,44,49. 8 is retired twice for Dickey and Berra and 42 is technically retired for Robinson but, as you mentioned, still circulating for at least one more season.

  4. CGHill »

    22 February 2013 · 7:08 am

    Which means that #6 is in circulation — it’s just not circulating. I believe this is the dictionary definition of “a distinction without a difference.”

    It took me until late last night to find new Thunder swingman Ronnie Brewer’s number. He wore #11 at Chicago and New York; #11 in OKC is Jeremy Lamb, so apparently he’s taking #8.

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