With Nomar Garciaparra announcing his retirement today (10:30am ET) , there has been some chatter that his #5 jersey might be retired by the Red Sox. After all, according to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, he will sign a one-day deal with Boston to allow him retire as a Red Sox.
There's been some chatter that maybe the Red Sox would retire his #5 jersey. The answer is, no.
The following is from the 2010 Red Sox Media Guide:
The Red Sox’ policy on retiring uniform numbers is based on the following criteria:
- Election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame
- At least 10 years played with the Red Sox
- Finish his career with the club
That would seem to kill off the idea. First of all, Nomar didn't play 10 seasons with the Red Sox (for the record, it's 8). And, he's not in the HOF, although there will be chatter about that in the future. At least he gets the last bullet point with today's one-day contract.
For those interested in who does have their number retired with the Red Sox, more from the media guide...
The Red Sox first wore numbers on their uniforms in 1931. Since then they have retired 7 uniform numbers: 4 for Joe Cronin and 9 for Ted Williams on May 29, 1984, 1 for Bobby Doerr on May 21, 1988, 8 for Carl Yastrzemski on August 6, 1989, 27 for Carlton Fisk on September 4, 2000, 6 for Johnny Pesky on September 28, 2008 and 14 for Jim Rice on July 28, 2009. In 1997, the Red Sox also retired No. 42, joining the rest of Major League Baseball in honoring the legacy of Jackie Robinson.
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