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Yankees to retire numbers of two Puerto Ricans, Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada

Yankees to retire numbers of two Puerto Ricans, Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada

Posted by Juan Gavasa on February 18, 2015

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.

FILE - This Oct. 2, 2011 file photo shows former New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, left, shaking hands with Jorge Posada after Pettitte threw out the first ceremonial pitch at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees are retiring the uniform numbers of Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams and will honor the trio with plaques in Monument Park this season along with Willie Randolph. Posada's ceremony will be on Aug. 22, followed by Pettitte's the next day. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, file)

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.

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