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The Yankees will retire Andy Pettitte’s number 46

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Andy Pettitte #46 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch in the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox on April 4, 2013 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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It was reported yesterday that the New York Yankees will retire Andy Pettitte’s number 46 and give him a plaque in Monument Park. The source of the report: Pettitte’s son Josh tweeted it:

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

— Josh Pettitte (@JPettitte21) February 15, 2015


It was later confirmed by several reporters. Pettitte’s number will be the 18th retired by the Yankees. At some point they’ll have to start giving out pinstriped jerseys with, like, hashtags and @ symbols on them. Or maybe they can go with decimals or something. If you get traded to the Yankees, here is your best course of action:

*Kramer’s moviefone voice* “well why don’t you just tell me what number isn’t retired”

— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) July 8, 2014

Pettitte pitched for 18 years in the bigs, 15 of which in New York. With the Yankees he complied a record of 219-127 with a 3.94 ERA and 2,020 strikeouts in 2,796.1 innings. He was a three-time All-Star and, of course, helped the Bombers to five World Series titles.