TAMPA — The Yankees are finally retiring Paul O’Neill’s number 21.
No Yankee has worn it since LaTroy Hawkins briefly did in 2008 – and faced backlash.
O’Neill will be honored before the Yankees game against the Blue Jays on August — you guessed it — 21st.
The retired right fielder is the 23rd Yankees player or manager to have his number retired, and the first since Derek Jeter was honored in 2017.
O’Neill, who played nine seasons with the Yankees and won four World Series titles in The Bronx, has had a plaque in Monument Park since 2014.
He remains involved with the organization, serving as an analyst for the YES Network.