Memorial Park in Yankee Stadium is home to some of the greatest baseball players to ever play the game. And today, they add one of the greatest managers to forever be enshrined in the Yankees outfield, Joe Torre.
During the pregame on Saturday, Torre’s number 6 was spray painted on the field along with a special ceremony.
Torre’s number was retired and placed right next to one of the greatest closers to ever play the game, Mariano Rivera.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) August 23, 2014
Torre was a 9-time all star during his playing days as catcher, 1st baseman and 3rd baseman for the Braves, Mets and Cardinals. He played in over 2200 games and earned the NL MVP in 1971.
When he retired, he went on to manage the same three teams he played for, before going to New York where he would go on to earn a postseason birth every year he managed the team from 1997-2007. During his time with the Yankees, he also won 10 American League East division titles, 6 American League pennants and 4 World Series titles, becoming the 5th winningest manager in MLB history.
After a brief managerial stint with the Dodgers that ended in 2011, Torre was appointed to his current role as Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball.