Yankees to retire Joe Torre’s No. 6, both fans and haters show their respect

Joe Torre (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Former Yankees manager Joe Torre’s No. 6 jersey will become immortal on Aug. 23. That’s when the Yankees will retire the Hall of Famer’s uniform and display it among the likes of Babe Ruth’s No. 3, Lou Gehrig’s No. 4, Joe DiMaggio’s No. 5 and Mickey Mantle’s No. 7 in Monument Park. Torre’s will be the 17th number to be retired by the Yankees, and the third belonging to a manager. Casey Stengel and Billy Martin precede Torre. According to a Yankees statement:

“Currently Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations, Torre compiled a 1,173-767 (.605) regular-season record and a 76-47 (.618) postseason mark during his Yankees tenure, leading the club to the playoffs in each year that he managed the team. While with the organization, he went 21-11 in the World Series, 27-14 in the American League Championship Series and 28-22 in the Division Series. His regular-season wins total is second in club history to only Joe McCarthy, who went 1,460-867 (.627) over 16 seasons from 1931-46.”

Fans and haters alike have been showing their respect since the announcement came earlier today.

Interestingly, with Torre’s uniform being retired, only one single-digit Yankees number remains unretired, Derek Jeter’s No. 2, which will most likely be retired, as well, shortly after the star plays his last game this season.

Plaques honoring former players Goose Gossage, Paul O’Neill and Tino Martinez will be placed in Monument Park on three separate dates this summer, the Yankees also announced on Thursday.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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