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.
Not a fan of thr Yankees, Red Sox forever, but I do like Joe Torre.Congrats to him on getting his # retired.He was the Bellichek of the MLB.— Hamza Sial (@_hsial) May 8, 2014
Yankees retiring Joe Torre’s number. Well deserved. He brought us many World Series— Alex Hamilton (@A_SUAVE) May 8, 2014
I hate the Yankees with a passion, but Joe Torre, Moe, and Jeter will always have my respect— Chris Cook (@MetalMosh33) May 8, 2014
Joe Torre to have his #6 retired by the @Yankees. Well deserved. One of the best.— Swan Maguire (@SwanMaguire) May 8, 2014
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.