NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The last of the Yankees' single-digit uniform numbers is now officially out of circulation, as the organization announced that it will retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 and unveil his Monument Park plaque on May 14.In a pregame ceremony prior to the Yankees' Mother's Day game against
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The last of the Yankees' single-digit uniform numbers is now officially out of circulation, as the organization announced that it will retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 and unveil his Monument Park plaque on May 14.
In a pregame ceremony prior to the Yankees' Mother's Day game against the Houston Astros, Jeter will become the 22nd player in franchise history to have his number retired, and the first since teammates Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte each had their number retired during the 2015 season.
"I don't want to be prepared for it. I just want to enjoy it," Jeter said Wednesday. "It's a special day and it's happening on Mother's Day. … To have the opportunity to have your number retired is not something I ever thought of, so I don't know what to expect."
Jeter's contributions to the Yankees include helping to build a culture where winning became expected. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native played a franchise-record 20 seasons with the Yankees, retiring in 2014 with a personal career winning percentage of .593 (1,628-1,117-2) and five World Series championships (1996, 1998-2000, '09).
"In '96 and maybe a little time before, there was a feeling of, 'Oh, I hope they win,'" Jeter said this summer. "And after we won, we were expected to win. I think that's the biggest thing that changed after that '96 season. It was, 'You win a World Series or the season was a failure,' which I think we were fine with. Before that, I don't know if that really existed."
Jeter's No. 2 will be the 21st number retired by the Yankees, as No. 8 was retired for both Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey on Old-Timers' Day in 1972. Nos. 1 through 10 are retired for Billy Martin, Jeter, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Torre, Mickey Mantle, Berra and Dickey, Roger Maris and Phil Rizzuto.
Jeter wore No. 2 for the entirety of his Major League career; infielder Mike Gallego was the last player to wear it for the Yankees before Jeter.
"I didn't choose it. I was just given it," Jeter said. "I assume that was because it was the smallest jersey at the time. I think Gallego had No. 2 before me. It was probably the only one that fit me."
A 14-time American League All-Star, Jeter is sixth all-time with 3,465 career hits and tops the Yankees' all-time list in hits, games played (2,747), doubles (544), stolen bases (358), at-bats (11,195), singles (2,595) and hit-by-pitches (170).
Individual-game tickets for May 14 are not yet on sale, but they are available as part of full-season ticket plans and some partial-ticket plans.
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.