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Yankees to Retire Andy Pettitte’s No. 46

Update: Feb. 16: The Yankees have announced they will retire Bernie William’s No. 51 on May 24 and Jorge Posada’s No. 20 on Aug. 22. Willie Randolph will be given a plaque in Monument Park on June 20, Old-Timers’ Day.

One of the greatest pitchers in New York history is going to get a place in Monument Park in 2015.

The Yankees plan to hold Andy Pettitte Day on Aug. 23, according to the lefty’s son, Josh. As a part of the festivities, the team will retire Pettitte’s No. 46 and give him his own plaque among the franchise’s all-timers.

Pettitte last pitched in the majors in 2013, capping off a brilliant 18-year career. A product of the Yankees farm system, Pettitte spent almost all of those 18 years in New York, aside from the three he spent playing in his home state of Texas for the Houston Astros from 2004-2006.

When it was all said and done, Pettitte had 256 wins, a 3.85 ERA, 3,316 innings, 2,448 strikeouts and a 60.9 WAR. His 2,020 K’s are the most in Yankees history and he is tied with Whitey Ford for the most starts with 438. A legendary playoff performer, Pettitte has five World Series rings, an ALCS MVP trophy and the most wins in postseason history (19) to his name. He also happens to have started more games (44) pitched more innings (276.2) in October than anyone else.

The Yankees also have plans to retire Bernie Williams’ No. 51 and Jorge Posada’s No. 20 in the near future, according to ESPN’s Andrew Marchand. Keep in mind, the Bombers will also have to take care of a certain shortstop’s number soon as well.

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