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Retired Numbers


Four former players have been granted the highest honor by the Staten Island Yankees, when their numbers were retired. Here's a look at the former Baby Bombers:

 

 

Jason Anderson, 19


The Staten Island Yankees promised to retire the number of the first Staten Island Yankee player to play for the New York Yankees. That man's name was Jason Anderson. Anderson debuted in 2003 with the Bronx Bombers and also had brief stints with the Mets and Indians. Anderson was the centerpiece in the trade with the Mets that brought Armando Benitez to the Yankees. Anderson returned to the New York Yankees' roster in 2005, the final stop in his MLB career. His No. 19 was retired by the Staten Island Yankees on July 15, 2003, the first jersey to have been officially retired by the team.

 

 

Chien-Ming Wang, 41


Staten Island Yankees fans will remember Chien-Ming Wang for his smooth delivery and sound demeanor, which helped lead the 2000 and 2002 Staten Island Yankee teams to the New York-Penn League Championship. New York Yankees fans will certainly remember Wang for his part in saving the 2005 pitching staff that was ravaged with injuries. In 2006, Wang won 19 games (tied for most in the Majors with Johan Santana) and posted a 3.63 ERA. Wang also got his first post season victory as he led the Yankees past Detroit in game one of the ALDS. Wang finished second in the voting for the Cy Young Award that season. In 2007, Wang fell just five outs shy of a perfect game when he gave up a home run to Seattle's Ben Broussard. In 2008, Wang recorded a win over the Chicago White Sox and became the fastest major leaguer to reach 50 wins (Wang reached 50 wins in 85 career starts) since Dwight Gooden (Gooden reached 50 wins in 82 starts). Through 2008, Wang had the highest winning percentage of any starting pitcher over the last three years. Unfortunately, Wang's career has been plagued by injuries since. At the end of the 2009 season, Wang became a free agent and signed with the Washington Nationals. Wang was hurt for all of the 2010 season and made only 11 starts in 2011. His most recent MLB stint came with the Toronto Blue Jays, making six starts in 2013 before spending the following three seasons in the Reds, White Sox, Mariners and Braves organizations. Wang also made three starts in 2015 with Southern Maryland in the Independent League. On July 27, 2006, he returned to Staten Island as he was honored for his great service with the team by the retirement of his No. 41 that he wore throughout the 2000 season with the Baby Bombers.

 

Robinson Cano, 17


In 2002, Cano was a middle infielder with the Staten Island Yankees' championship team. In 2005, he burst onto the Major League scene when the struggling Yankees were looking to shake things up and get back on track. Cano provided the remedy the Yankees needed while still learning more about the game. The 23-year-old showed excellent plate presence, hitting .297 with 34 doubles and 14 homers in his rookie campaign. Cano finished second in the voting for AL Rookie of the Year, loosing out to Huston Street of the Oakland A's. Cano has become a formidable player for the Yankees and became the first former Staten Island Yankee to make the MLB All-Star roster in 2006. In 2008, Cano recorded the final walk-off game-winning hit in Yankee Stadium, singling in the winning run to lead the Yankees past the Orioles. In the last game at Yankee Stadium, Cano recorded the last RBI in the stadium's history with a sacrifice fly in the 7th inning that scored Staten Island Yankees alumni Brett Gardner. During the 2009 season, Cano recorded 204 hits, third in the majors and first among all second basemen that year. He and Derek Jeter became the first middle infield duo in MLB history to both have over 200 hits in the same season. In 2011, Cano, participated in the Home Run Derby. With his father pitching, Cano won the derby and set a record for home runs in the final round (12), despite having four outs remaining. In 2014, Cano joined the Seattle Mariners after signing as a free agent. As of 2015, the former Baby Bomber has been named an all-star six times while earning two Gold Gloves and five Silver Sluggers. On August 4, 2007, Robinson Cano returned to Staten Island as his No. 17, which he wore with the Baby Bombers, was retired.

 

Brett Gardner, 6


During that summer of 2005, Gardner, a then 21-year old rookie, made his way to Staten Island to begin his professional career. His slap-stick style and blazing speed made him a top competitor in the New York-Penn League. He finished the season second in runs (62), and fifth in stolen bases (19), while batting .284 with 80 hits in 73 games played. He also had the only inside-the-park home run in the team's history. Despite his rather small stature, Gardner scratched and clawed his way to the Major Leagues. He debuted in 2008, when he was called up by the New York Yankees to face the Texas Rangers. In 2015, Gardner was named to the AL All-Star roster for the first time in his career.

 

 


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