Yankees only have four jersey numbers available at spring training
The New York Yankees have a storied history filled with amazing players, which is a source of great pride for the organization but does come with one peculiar drawback, as the team is running low on available jersey numbers.
The New York Times reports that between the expanded spring training roster and the 23 numbers the team has retired or waiting to be retired, there are only four number unoccupied numbers right now: 38, 50, 57, 69.
Even those unoccupied numbers have some history behind them though, with 38 being worn by Yogi Berra in his second season with the team before he switched to the No. 8 that sits among the team's other retired numbers. Meanwhile, 57 seems to be a bit of jinx, with three separate players donning the number last season alone.
No. 69 was only worn once, by pitcher Alan Mills in the early 90's. Mills had a particularly odd run with the team as far as jerseys are concerned, donning five different numbers in just two seasons with the organization, according to Yankeenumbers.com.
- Brendan Maloy