The Yankees plan to honor the popular lefthander with Andy Pettitte Day on Aug. 23 at Yankee Stadium, in a ceremony prior to a game against the Indians, during which he will receive a plaque in Monument Park and have his No. 46 removed from future assignment. It will be the 17th number so honored in franchise history.
But Pettitte’s former teammate, Chuck Knoblauch, mocked the move on Twitter Sunday night. The retired second baseman tweeted:
Congrats to 46. Yankees retiring his number. Hopefully they don't retire it like his HGH testimony.
— Chuck Knoblauch (@chuckknoblauch) February 16, 2015
The troubled Knoblauch, like Pettitte and other notable players, was mentioned in the Mitchell Report and eventually admitted to using HGH. The lefty's admission did little to tarnish his image in the eyes of Yankee fans, while Knoblauch has gone on to be sort of an outcast.
Pettitte joined Mariano Rivera in retirement following the 2013 season. In 18 big league seasons, Pettitte went 256-153, including 219-127 in 15 years as a Yankee. He also pitched three seasons with the Astros.