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

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on December 20, 2011, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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