The most storied franchise in the Major League Baseball is preparing to honor its recent past this coming season.
The Yankees will be retiring the uniform numbers of Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Bernie Williams and will honor the trio with plaques in Monument Park at 2015 home games along with former player and coach Willie Randolph.
Pettitte (46), Posada (20) and Williams (51) will raise the Yankees' total of retired numbers to 20. The trio won four World Series with the Yankees from 1996 to 2000; Posada and Pettitte also won a championship with New York in 2009.
Another member of those teams, Mariano Rivera, had his number "retired" by the team in September 2013 at the end of his last season in baseball. Rivera wore the number 42, which all of baseball has retired in honor of Jackie Robinson. Rivera was the last active player to wear the number.
The Yankees also are expected at some point to retire Derek Jeter's No. 2, their last single digit uniform number in use.
Williams, a native of Puerto Rico who spent his entire 16-year career with the Yankees, will be honored before the May 24 game against Texas; Randolph as part of Old Timers' Day before the June 20 game against Detroit. Posada's ceremony will take place during a series against Cleveland on Aug. 22, followed by Pettitte's the next day.
Their numbers join those of Billy Martin (1), Babe Ruth (3), Lou Gehrig (4), Joe DiMaggio (5), Joe Torre (6), Mickey Mantle (7), Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey (8), Roger Maris (9), Phil Rizzuto (10), Thurman Munson (15), Whitey Ford (16), Don Mattingly (23), Elston Howard (32), Casey Stengel (37), Rivera (42), Reggie Jackson (44) and Ron Guidry (49).
Randolph was a part of championship teams in 1977 and '78, is a former Yankees' co-captain and was a coach for 11 seasons.
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