After taking a sporcle quiz I was amazed at how the Rangers rank in retired jerseies. Only the Marlins (1), Diamondbacks (1), Rays (1), Mariners (0), Rockies (0), Blue Jays (0) have fewer. It got me thinking. Some truly great franchises in terms of tradition and history - Yankees, Cardinals, Giants, and Dodgers all have double digit retired numbers. Then some lesser franchises seem to have too many - the Astros have retired 9. It seems to me that the Rangers should have more. My thoughts after the jump.
Who else in this franchise should have their number retired? Grieve, Sundberg, Harrah, Bell, Hough, Jenkins, Greer? A special designation for Mayor Vandergriff? Of the recent guys did Sierra, Gonzalez, Palmeiro do enough to merit a jersey retirement. It seems once Pudge and Michael Young retire that their numbers will definately be retired.
Is the Rangers HOF an equivalent to having your number retired? Or is that just a way to honor someone who was great, but not good enough for no one else to wear that number?
My thoughts. I would retire #10 (twice eventually), #11, #19, #25, and #49. If you retired those 5 (for now), it would leave us at 7, which would rank 10/11.
I don't think Jenkins was here long enough. Greer, Sierra and Bell didn't ultimately do enough for me. Is there anyone on this roster that may have that honor - Andrus, Kinsler, and Hamilton, Cruz come to mind. I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on this subject.