Monday, February 16, 2015

Yankees to retire Andy Pettitte's No. 46 this summer: Report

The New York Yankees might have to start using triple-digit numbers after source confirmed Sunday night that they plan to retire Andy Pettitte's No.46 this season, which would make his uniform number the 17th made unwearable by anyone the team.

The ceremony will reportedly take place Aug. 23 at Yankee Stadium before the Yankees' game (time undetermined) against the Indians. Pettitte also will receive a plaque in Monument Park that day.

Pettitte, who went 219-127 in two stints with the Yankees — the lefthander pitched for the Astros from 2004-06 — retired after the 2013 season, going out along with Mariano Rivera. Pettitte is the second of the Core Four to have his number retired, following Rivera's No. 42.

Although the organization has not made an official announcement, one of Pettitte's sons, Josh, broke the news on Twitter late Sunday afternoon.

"Heard it here first," he wrote. "Yankees are making August 23rd Andy Pettitte day. Retiring #46 and honoring him with a plaque in Monument Park!!"

Pettitte — 256-153 overall and baseball's all-time leader in postseason victories with 19, — won five World Series titles with the Yankees and was a three-time All-Star.

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