As if the New York Yankees needed anything else to worry about this spring (see: Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera), the storied franchise was faced with a problem that few, if any, other teams have had to deal with.
Thanks to a combination of retired numbers (16) and a large influx of players invited to camp in Tampa, the Yankees have run out of numbers to give players at spring training. A total of 83 players are at spring training, and so the organization has realized that it will have to double up on jerseys.
Chad Jennings of the LoHud Yankees blog writes that 26 players will be wearing duplicate numbers. In order to make things less confusing, position players will share numbers with pitchers.
According to the New York Daily News, the 16 numbers retired by the Yankees is the most in the big leagues. St. Louis is in second with 11.
The players with duplicate numbers are as follows:
No. 87 — C Francisco Arcia and RHP Corey Black
No. 88 — OF Tyler Austin and LHP Juan Cedeno
No. 89 — 1B Greg Bird and RHP Preston Claiborne
No. 90 — SS Cito Culver and RHP Nick Goody
No. 91 — OF Adonis Garcia and RHP Shane Greene
No. 92 — OF Slade Heathcott and RHP Tom Kahnle
No. 93 — SS Walter Ibarra and RHP Bryan Mitchell
No. 94 — 1B Luke Murton and RHP Mark Montgomery
No. 95 — OF Ronnier Mustelier and RHP Zach Nuding
No. 96 — SS Addison Maruszak and LHP Vidal Nuno
No. 97 — 2B Jose Pirela and RHP Mike O’Brien
No. 98 — 1B Kyle Roller and RHP Kelvin Perez
No. 99 — OF Rob Segedin and RHP Branden Pinder