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Can you name the players whose #s should be retired?
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You're given their # and the years they wore it with that team, which is not necessarily their whole time with the team. 35? wore many #s but won MVP wearing 35.
*Hall of Famer (all others had at least 7000 PAs with team)
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Sep 28th, 2010 at 03:36 GMT
Despite the quiz title, I do not mean to take such an aggressive stance on the issue. This is simply a compilation of players who could, arguably, have their # retired. And there is a method to the madness! The player must be a Hall of Famer OR have 7000 PAs with the team AND must have worn the same # with the same team for 4 or more seasons*, thus ruling out players who retired before or right after teams introduced jersey #s, or players who were very good but left no real mark on any 1 team. I also avoided recent retirees (post-'04), but I am open to suggestions. Thanks! *except Lombardi, who for some reason changed #s annually.
Sep 28th, 2010 at 04:06 GMT
Edgar Martinez: definitely. Gabby Hartnett: maybe. The others: I'm not so sure.
Sep 28th, 2010 at 04:17 GMT
Quisenberry, Tim Salmon (I realize he misses out because of that half season in 2006). I think Rickey Henderson meets the minimum standards for the Yankees, Dave Winfield too. Obviously neither are good candidates in real life. Pete Rose, except... I know some teams (Blue Jays for example) honor players without retiring the numbers, wouldn't mind seeing them do it for Stieb, Delgado and Fernandez.
Sep 28th, 2010 at 04:23 GMT
Whitaker and Trammell? wow. Can't believe that hasn't happened yet. Martinez definitely deserves it, as does all 3 Royals.
Sep 28th, 2010 at 08:36 GMT
Numbers 1 and 15 are already retired by the Yankees. Not for the players mentioned, though.
Sep 28th, 2010 at 08:38 GMT
Crosetti wore 2 as a coach. I find it interesting that he wore 1 as a player. Also, I would be surprised if 6 lasts much longer without the Yankees retiring it.
Sep 28th, 2010 at 12:36 GMT
I see a logical argument for many of these players, but I have to admit that I threw up a little when I saw Brady Anderson pop up
Sep 28th, 2010 at 13:13 GMT
Ouch, a 1.83! I had a feeling this might not go well. But again, these aren't players I picked randomly.. it's Hall of Famers or players with 7000 PAs on the team.
Sep 28th, 2010 at 14:21 GMT
while i like the idea of this quiz, i'm not sure that simply playing for a team for a long time means one should have his number retired (see: brady anderson, tim wallach, etc.). also, your formula leaves out non-hall of fame pitchers. it gets tough when you are talking about hall of famers who played only a portion of their career with one team. not many teams are going to want to retire a number for a player who has his number retired for another team. that said, it's a travesty that grace and martinez have not haid their number retired yet.
Sep 28th, 2010 at 14:31 GMT
I get your point but I went ahead and included Anderson, etc. just to stick to the 7000 PA rule... but yes, the real purpose of the quiz is to show the big names that have been left out so far.
Sep 28th, 2010 at 15:22 GMT
Didn't Lazzeri play in 1926? He struck out against Grover Cleveland Alexander in the seventh game of the series with the bases loaded.
Sep 28th, 2010 at 17:31 GMT
@swills - I thought the same thing about some of these names. Tim Wallach means more to the history of the Expos, than Brady Anderson means to the Orioles. Problem is, Wallach never donned a Nationals uniform, so retiring Wallach is now utterly pointless.
Sep 28th, 2010 at 18:06 GMT
MArtinez for the M's is right and you should add Griffey Jr.'s 24
Sep 28th, 2010 at 18:13 GMT
Add some Mets to this list: Strawberry, Carter, Keith, and Gooden should all have their numbers retired
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Sep 28th, 2010 at 19:47 GMT
Nobody on the Pirates should have their number retired.
Sep 28th, 2010 at 22:42 GMT
@Giggity1 I believe Stieb and Fernandez already are. Delgado will be within 3-5 years I imagine, maybe 2.
Sep 29th, 2010 at 00:06 GMT
Wikipedia says no, which jives with my memory.
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