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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Jackie Robinson day: can Yanks wear 8 for Yogi Berra?

Photo of Yogi BerraAll time Yankee great Yogi Berra died Sept. 22, 2015 at age 90. As is the team custom, the Yankees wore a small number 8 (Yogi's number) on their left sleeve instead of a black arm band. That 8 will be on Yankee uniforms for the 2016 season, too.

Or will it?

Apparently it's become mandatory that all players on all teams must wear number 42 on Jackie Robinson day, April 15, to commemorate the late Brooklyn Dodger playing his first major league game on that date in 1947, becoming the first black person to play in modern times.

Yankee relief pitcher Mariano Rivera was the last player to wear number 42 after the wearing of Robinson's number was banned to honor Jackie.

So on April 15, 2016 must Yankee players not just wear 42 on their backs but also wear 42 on their left sleeves, thus forcing Yogi to also honor Jackie posthumously?

And when Rivera dies and the Yankees wear 42 on their left sleeves in Rivera's honor, how will that 42 be distinguished from Robinson's 42?

Or will the institution of baseball finally come to its senses and end the pseudo religious treatment of Robinson and let him rest in peace?

Jackie Robinson day: enough already! Monday, April 16, 2012

Jackie Robinson Day taken to its irrational conclusion: call everyone Jackie Robinson. Monday, April 22, 2013

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