That report is now being called inaccurate, as Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reported late Wednesday night that the team is not retiring the Yankees captain's number two before their game on Sunday against the Kansas City Royals.
Re: the report that the Yankees will retire Jeter's No. 2 on Sunday, a Yankees official called the story "completely inaccurate."— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) September 4, 2014
Earlier in the season, the Yankees retired former manager Joe Torre's number six, as he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this past summer and with Torre's number now in Monument Park, Jeter's number was the only one left of the single digits that remained.
Billy Martin has number 1 retired, Babe Ruth has number 3 retired, Lou Gehrig with number 4, Joe DiMaggio with number 5, Torre with number 6, Mickey Mantle with number 7, Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey with number 8, Roger Maris with number 9 and to round out the top 10, Phil Rizzutto with number 10. Jeter's number 2 will complete the first 10 numbers being retired.
Last year, the Yankees retired Mariano Rivera's number 42 in a pre-game ceremony before a September game against the San Francisco Giants; Rivera was still an active member of the team while they put his 42 in Monument Park; Jeter would have been the second in two straight years.
The Yankees could always wait until later in the season to retire Jeter's number two, but for now, it looks like it won't be on Sunday against the Royals.
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