Report: Pettitte to Get Number Retired, Plaque in Monument Park (Poll)
As you can see above, the Yankees plan to retire Andy Pettitte's No. 46 this season. He will also be immortalized with a plaque among Yankee legends in Monument Park.
Pettitte played 18 seasons in the majors, 15 with the Yankees. He spent nine years (1995-2003) in New York before going to play for his hometown Houston Astros for three seasons. He then returned to the Yankees from 2007-2013.
He had 219 career regular season wins with the Yankees, pitching to a 3.94 ERA. He's the franchise leader in strikeouts (2,020). He really earned fame in the postseason, going 19-11 in his entire career in October. Those 19 wins are the most playoff wins in MLB history. He also won five World Series games for the Pinstripes, helping them to five championships.
However, his career was tainted after he was named in the Mitchell Report and he admitted to using PEDs. That, coupled with the fact that he left New York, has some wondering if he deserves a spot among Yankee legends.
For comparison, Bernie Williams' number has not been retired yet. His ceremony will happen in 2015 as well. He retired after the 2006 season. Why the sudden move to get Pettitte's number retired?