Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yanks Will Add to Monument Park

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yanks Will Add to Monument Park

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Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada will join Andy Pettitte in pinstriped prominence, when the Yankees retire their numbers this season and honor the teammates with plaques in Monument Park.

Pettitte's son Josh tweeted the news of his father's Aug. 23 ceremony Sunday.

On Monday, the Yankees made the official announcement for all three players, and that Willie Randolph would also be honored with a plaque in Monument Park.

Williams' No. 51 will be retired on May 24 at Yankee Stadium prior to the Yankees' 8:05 p.m. game against Texas. Randolph will be honored during Old-Timers' Day festivities on June 20 before a 7:15 p.m. game against Detroit. Posada will be honored on Aug. 22 prior to the 1:05 p.m. game against Cleveland.

In a statement released by the club, the Yankees said that the ceremonies are "part of a recognition series" that began last season with Joe Torre's No. 6 retired, while Torre, Paul O'Neill, Tino Martinez and Goose Gossage were all honored with plaques in Monument Park.

As the center fielder, catcher and lefty starter who played their prime years under Torre, Williams, Posada and Pettitte became indispensable members of the last Yankees championship era.

Randolph spent 13 years playing second base for the Yankees (1976- 88) and was a key member of the 1977 and 1978 world championship teams.

Randolph later served as a Yankees coach from 1994-2004.

A-ROD, HEADLEY CHAT: On Monday, Chase Headley said Alex Rodriguez has "reached out and introduced himself."

Headley was signed to a $52 million, four-year contract by the Yankees, who plan to start him at third base and shift Rodriguez to the designated hitter spot.

Headley hit .262 with a .371 on-base percentage, six home runs and 17 RBI in 58 games with the Yankees after being acquired from the San Diego Padres in July.

Returning from a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract, the 39-year-old Rodriguez hopes to win back his former job at third base. …

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