The New York Yankees will never retire Alex Rodriguez‘s number. A-Rod will never make it to the Hall of Fame either, that is pretty much a fact, given the number of votes admitted (or not) steroid users have been getting on the Hall of Fame ballots.
This famous Yankee may never be inducted into the Hall of Fame, though his transgressions were minor in comparison to others, but on Sunday the world learned that the number 46 will be retired by the Yankees this year on August 23, prior to the Yankees game against the Cleveland Indians.
The information was originally leaked by the player’s son, who posted it on his Twitter account, however, a team source has confirmed that the information is in fact the truth.
For those of you who don’t know who number 46 was for the New York Yankees, his name is Andy Pettitte and he has more postseason wins then any pitcher in MLB history. He’s also admitted to using performance enhancing drugs.
So how and why are they retiring his number, you might ask. Well, for one he admitted the usage and two, it was while he was rehabbing an injury, not necessarily to perform better but to speed up his recovery.
Also, a point that needs to be made is that Pettitte was never linked to steroids. He took human growth hormone in 2002, which, at the time, was not against baseball rules (HGH was not prohibited in MLB until 2005) and his trainer at the time, Brian McNamee only admitted to giving him two to four injections total on just two occasions.
Then the question is still there.
So should the Yankees retire Pettitte’s number? You can read the rest of my post on Baseball Hot Corner using the link below: