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That made me think, what guys for each team who will probably not make the hall, would be a good person to have their uniform retired?
Todd Helton. Seems like he won't make it, right?
Does this work? Are there any actual examples? The timing at least would seem off, since the HOF election happens in the winter and number retirements usually go along with a game-day ceremony on a slow summer afternoon.
I've never met a Padres fan who supports it and I've met many who are vehemently opposed to it. I fall into the latter camp.
The question becomes what do you do with the player who has that near-HOF career, but didn't play a huge amount of time with your specific team.
As a Met fan, in Keith Hernandez's case, I don't anticipate the Cardinals wanting to retire the number, and he was a popular player, is associated with a high point in team history, and is now a well-liked announcer. So I do think they should retire his. I wouldn't do Gooden or Straw.
This is why it makes no sense for number retirement to be tied to Hall of Fame induction. They are completely different honors.
When the Yankees retire Jeter and Torre (assumed), they will be done with 1 through 10. Will 11 become the coveted number to give to the phenom?
I guess I'm in the minority among thinking fans in thinking that a team's history and a player's place in it should be factors in the retirement of numbers.
I think the Padres did the right thing in retiring Randy Jones' number.
Retire Kid, Mex, Straw, Doc and Piazza.
Kid, Mex, and Piazza all already had the majority of their value behind them when they became Mets. Straw bolted as soon as he hit free agency. Doc ruined a potential dynasty with cocaine. That's a lot of dubious credentials for franchise immortality.
But if his percentage climbs, and he looks like he's got an authentic shot, then they want to try and time it to coincide with induction.
Put him in the team HoF by all means but if there's a franchise that should be extremely snooty about whose numbers get retired, it should be the Yanks.
My assumption in #76, BTW, is that only one team should retire a player's number.
Why retire any number that isn't iconic?
I don't think that's a minority opinion. I think we're running about 90% in agreement with you here.
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