Recently, I wrote a piece detailing five current or former Yankees I felt deserved to have their numbers retired.
As the debate rages on here (feel free to jump in and share your thoughts), a few things have come to light.
1. My choices are not the choices that others would make.
2. Yankee fans in general feel that the team currently has too many numbers retired, which cheapens the honor.
3. Yankee fans do agree that there are a group of players from different eras that deserve to be celebrated and honored, just in a different way then the true legends of the organization.
No. 1 came as no surprise to me, as everyone has a different take on who was great; everyone has their own favorites. The second point did surprise me a bit, though; after thinking about it, that does have some merit.
No. 3 can be remedied fairly easily by creating a Yankees Hall of Fame. What it would be called remains to be seen, perhaps something to the effect of "Honor Hall".
Sure, the team already has the Yankee Museum, perhaps this could be an addition to it. Lord knows there is plenty of room at the new stadium.
This honor would be instead of having their respective number retired. That honor would still be reserved for only the true legends of Yankee lore.
So, who would be inducted in the first class?
It would have to be a rather large one, encompassing players from different eras. I envision 10-15 first time members.
Here is who I would include.
Jorge Posada (upon his retirement)
Gene Michael (more for his off the field work in the Yankees front office then anything)
Creating this Hall of Legends would keep the integrity of Monument Park while allowing fans to celebrate these great Yankees, ensuring that their important contributions to the team and generations of Yankee fans are never forgotten.
*From my initial article, I am still convinced that Bernie Williams and Joe Torre will have their respective numbers retired, so I am not including them here.