On Sunday, the New York Yankees removed the number 21 of Paul O’Neill. This was just before a 4-2 win for New York over the Toronto Blue Jays. O’Neill, a native of Columbus Ohio, played nine seasons for the Yankees between 1993 and 2001. He is now the 23rd player in franchise history to have his number retired.
O’Neill began his Major League Baseball career in 1985 with the Cincinnati Reds. O’Neill was with the Reds for eight years, including an All-Star appearance 1991. He was traded to the Bronx Bombers on November 3, 1992 for Roberto Kelly.
O’Neill was a regular-season Yankees player, appearing in 1254 games. He also had 5368 plate appearances as well as 4700 at-bats. O’Neill slugged.303, with 185 home runs. He also batted in 858 runs. O’Neill scored 720 runs, had 304 doubles and 14 triples, 80 stolen base bases, 586 walks and 2313 total bases. He also had 69 sacrifice hits. His.377 on-base percentage and.492 slugging per cent were impressive.
O’Neill won 1994 the American League batting championship with a.359 batting. O’Neill had 132 hits over 368 at-bats. O’Neill scored 25 doubles, one triple, and 21 home runs from his 132 hits. O’Neill also scored 68 runs, and had 83 runs batted in, five stolen bases and 72 walks. He also had 222 total bases, and three sacrifice fly runs. His on-base percentage was.460, and his slugging percentage was.603. That year, Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres right fielder, was the National League Batting Champion. He batted an incredible.394.
O’Neill played only 103 games in that season, as Major League Baseball players went on strike. The season ended on August 12th, and no World Series champion was chosen.
O’Neill was an All-Star in 1994 and was an All-Star for the Yankees and American League in 1997 and 1998 also. O’Neill slugged.300 in 1995 with 22 home runs, and 96 runs batted. O’Neill batted at.324 in 1997 with 21 home runs and 117 runs. He batted.317 in 1998 with 24 home runs and 116 runs batted.
O’Neill won four World Series titles in 1996, 1998 and 1999 with the Yankees, and in 1990 with the Cincinnati Reds, O’Neill slugged.284 in 85 postseason games. In those 84 post season games he had 340 plate appearances and 299 at-bats. O’Neill hit 11 home runs and batted in 39. O’Neill also scored 39 runs, had 17 doubles and two triples, five stole bases, 38 walks and 139 total bases. He also had one sacrifice bunt and two sacrifice flies. His on-base percentage was.363, while his slugging percentage was.465. O’Neill’s World Series wins with the Yankees came in six games over the Atlanta Braves in 1996, four over the San Diego Padres in 1998, four over the Braves in 1999, five over the Mets in 2000,
When it comes to honoring their greatest players, the Yankees have a rich tradition. Other Yankees to have their numbers retired include second baseman Billy Martin (1) and shortstop Derek Jeter (2). Outfielder Babe Ruth (3) is also retired. Manager Joe Torre (6) is also retired. Catcher Yogi Baber (8), shortstop Phil Rizzuto (5), center fielder Mickey Mantle (10), catcher Thurman Murson (15), pitcher Whitey Forre (16), pitcher Ron Guidry (49), catcher Thurman Muson (15), catcher Jorge Posada (20), closer Mariano Rivera (42), Reggie Jackson (44), Reggie Jackson (44), Reggie Jackson (44), Reggie Jackson (44), Reggie Jackson (44), right fielder Bernie Williams (51). Jackie Robinson’s number 42 has been retired by all Major Leagues.
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