Retired Numbers: #34
Three players, all Hall of Famers, honored by five teams make up the retired #34’s.
Kirby Puckett, Minnesota Twins
While I wouldn’t call it a “controversy,” there is some debate over the ease with which Puckett was elected to Cooperstown. In a career shortened by eye troubles, Puckett fell short of the “magic numbers” normally accompanying a first-ballot selection. He was a 10-time All-Star in just twelve big league seasons, leading the league in hits four times, batting average once, and thrice topping 100 RBI in a season. His numbers are, however, very similar to Don Mattingly‘s career totals, who has never received even 30% of the Hall vote in eleven years on the ballot. While I do believe Puckett belongs in the Hall of Fame, I also believe there is room for Mattingly as well.
Nolan Ryan, Houston Astros
Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers
Rollie Fingers, Oakland A’s
Rollie Fingers, Milwaukee Brewers