Predicting Each MLB Team’s Next Jersey Retirement: Part Two

Predicting Each MLB Team’s Next Jersey Retirement: Part Two
Frank Weber
Frank Weber
May 19th 2023

Well, I’m back with part two just as I promised. If you missed part one, you can check it out here!

Before I get into the second half of the league, I just want to remind you to check out these New Jersey Online Casinos if you want to bet on any of this season's MLB action.

So, time to get back to work:

Milwaukee Brewers: Craig Counsell (30)

Okay so we’re starting off with an absolute banger…the Brewers are definitely an interesting franchise. I feel like the Brewers are the first team I’ve looked at that have properly retired each one of their deserving players, so I’m going with Counsell here and I’m going to assume they’ll win a World Series under his rule. 

Minnesota Twins: Joe Nathan (36)

Back-to-back bangers here…the Twins are more like the Brewers than they appear. All things considered though, Nathan did have a great career with the Twins. In just seven seasons he collected 260 saves (which is well over a 30+ saves a year average) and had a 2.16 ERA. Nathans was a great player, but I’m not sure how many Twins fans are going to his number retirement ceremony.

New York Mets: Darryl Strawberry (18)

I honestly can't believe the Mets haven’t done this yet. Strawberry was an integral part of the ‘86 World Series winning team, and he holds the Mets franchise record for most home runs (252). They just retired Willie Mays’ number who, albeit one of the best players in history, was only on the team for two years. It’s time to retire Darryl already!

New York Yankees: C.C. Sabathia (52)

CC is one of my all-time favorite Yankees, and was a huge part of their 2009 World Series victory. He’s a no-doubt Hall of Famer, and he has a 134-88 all-time record while in pinstripes. He’s definitely being retired, but it’s just a matter of when with Sabathia.

Oakland Athletics: Bert Campaneris (19)

Three World Series rings, 6x All-Star…just let the guy in already. He has 646 career steals, and was the shortstop of the A’s three-peat World Series streak. He’s no Reggie or Rickey, but he deserves to be immortalized.

Philadelphia Phillies: Chase Utley (26)

The 6x All-Star was a key part of the team's 2008 World Series win, and he was the heart of the Phillies lineup for over a decade. I think his number will forsure be retired in the next few years, as he is one of the most loved Phillies in history.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen (22)

My age might be showing by favoring the youngsters, but McCutchen was an MVP with the Pirates through some of their worst years. There was also a half-decade span where he was one of the best outfielders in baseball. Through his 8 seasons with the Pirates, he hit 203 home runs, 725 RBIs, and stole 171 bases all while hitting .291. 

San Diego Padres: Jake Peavy (44)

When Peavy was a Padre, he was one of the best players in baseball. His total statistics aren’t pretty–in his seven seasons with the Padres he went 86-62, with a 3.25 ERA. However, what the stats don’t tell you is that he was the 2007 CY Young after winning the pitching triple crown. Of his seven Padre seasons, he finished with a sub-3 ERA in four of them–and a sub 2.6 in two. 

San Francisco Giants: Buster Posey (28)

I would’ve gone Bonds to be edgy, but Posey will probably have his number retired within the next 365 days. The 7x All-Star was the cornerstone of three World Series rings for the Giants, and he was the best offensive catcher five times in his career.

Seattle Mariners: Ichiro (51)

I’m kind of shocked this one hasn’t happened already. What more can be said about Ichiro that hasn’t been said already? He had almost 3,000 hits (2428) with the Mariners ALONE. Ichiro has been out of the league for three years now, so it’s time to retire that 51.

St Louis Cardinals: Albert Pujols (5)

I wouldn’t be surprised if this happens THIS YEAR while he is STILL PLAYING. The real talk with Pujols is if he can hit 700–if you think he can do it, you can head on over to BetMGM Sportsbook and put your money where your mouth is.

Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria (3)

He really is the only “legendary” Ray. In 10 seasons with the Rays, Longoria hit 261 home runs and 892 RBIs, all while maintaining a decent average (.270). 

Texas Rangers: Ian Kinsler (5)

It’s not too attractive, but Kinsler is the first name I think of when I think of “Rangers.” In his eight years with the club, Kinsler hit .273 and had 156 home runs.

Okay, I’m starting to regret Kinsler. 

Toronto Blue Jays: Dave Stieb (37)

Dave Stieb was pretty filthy, and I feel like he doesn’t get the love he deserves. In his 14 season with the Jays, his winning percentage dropped below 500 only three times.

Washington Nationals: Ted Williams (Manager)

When Williams’ cryogenic head finally melts from its chamber, it will reattach to a cyborg body and he will buy the Nationals. He will then retire his own number/name from when he was a manager of the Senators for three years. Then, no man named “Ted Williams” can ever manage the Senators again.

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