Source: Yankees to Retire Pettitte’s No. 46

No. 46 will never again be worn by a Yankees' player. (USATSI)
No. 46 will never again be worn by a Yankees’ player. (USATSI)

Andy Pettitte will have his No. 46 retired by the New York Yankees and receive a plaque in Monument Park, a source confirmed to ESPN.com.

Pettitte will become the 18th member of the Yankees to have his number retired. Pettitte was known for his big-game performance, helping the Yankees win five championships during his career.

The news of the honor was first tweeted by Pettitte’s son, Josh. The Yankees are also likely to retire Bernie Williams’ No. 51 and Jorge Posada’s No. 20 in the future, according to a source.

Pettitte finished his career with a 256-153 record and 3.85 ERA. With the help of the expanded playoff format, he has won more games (19) than anyone in playoff history. His postseason ERA is 3.81 in 276 2/3 innings.

Pettitte was named in the Mitchell Report and admitted to using HGH. His quick apology and continued success on the field allowed him to be forgiven by Yankees fans and the team’s management.

Last year, Joe Torre’s No 6 was retired, while Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neil were honored in Monument Park. In 2015, Williams is scheduled to have his own ceremony, while Derek Jeter’s No. 2 will be retired in the near future.

SOURCE: ESPN
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