I was running around for most of the day yesterday so I didn't get a chance to cover this. The Yankees announced plans to honor multiple former team members yesterday, most notably former manager Joe Torre. Torre will have his number 6 retired in a pregame ceremony on August 23rd. The manager for the most recent Yankee dynasty of the late 90s-early 2000s, Torre and the team have had to work to repair their relationship over the last few years. It's good to see that that work has been completed.
The team also announced that there will be ceremonies to honor former players Paul O'Neill, Tino Martinez, and Goose Gossage with plaques in Monument Park. Those ceremonies will be held on June 21st (Martinez), 22nd (Gossage), and August 9th (O'Neill). To be honest, I'm a little surprised that all 3 of these guys are receiving plaques out there. They were good Yankees but not great Yankees, and I don't think they deserve to be honored before better, homegrown players like Bernie Williams.
Speaking of Bernie, the team did say there are plans to honor him next year, although they did not announce what the plans are or when that will happen. Hopefully Bernie gets his number 51 retired because he deserves it. Between him, Paulie, Tino, Torre, and whatever's planned for Derek Jeter at the end of this season, the Yankees are going heavy on honoring that late 90s dynasty. When Jeter has his number retired, that will be the end of single digit numbers in Yankeeland. Pretty cool.
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