When considering Jo Adell’s call up to the bigs I saw a great post on twitter by “John / @champions2002 that must be shared and contemplated…
John methodically went thru the available Angels uniform numbers. The current roster and retired numbers are all considered here.
I went further and looked up current coaching staff jersey numbers to hone the list of available numbers even further and came up with this preliminary list of available numbers:
Single digits: 1, 7, 8
Teens: 13, 14, 15, 19
Thirties: 34, 36
Forties: 41, 44, 45, 48
Fifties: 53, 56, 58, 59
Sixties: 66, 67, 69
Seventies: 71, 73, 76, 78, 79
Eighties: 80, 81, 84, 89
Nineties: 90, 91, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98
37 available numbers to choose from… except there ain’t! There are a few “unofficially retired” numbers in Angels lore…
Nobody has worn Jersey #1 since Bengie Molina left the club but that number is not being held out because of some special memories for Bengie. Nope great as he was, one only need to spy form the stands the framed jersey number 1 in the owner’s suite at the stadium to know Arte Moreno considers this his number.
I firmly believe that Mike Scioscia will see his jersey number 14 retired by the Angels one day. It might take the acquisition of a veteran who is superstitious about having that number to sway the powers that be.
Last worn by Tim Salmon in the 2006 season, the team will likely find a way to retire it one day. Jason Castro wore it back in Spring Training and switched to 16 based on a smattering of critiques from fans on twitter. This shows that any MLB club cannot stop a veteran form taking a jersey number.
R.I.P. Nick Adenhart… I can’t see a player choosing this one with the history in this franchise. Again, a superstar who is superstitious signing would be what is required for this unofficial retired number to go back into circulation.
Likewise for the jersey number worn by the late Tyler Skaggs.
The five unoffically retired Angels jersey numbers leaves 32 available numbers for a rookie, even one as highly touted as Adell, to choose from.
Hold on though… the number zero and double zero have both been worn in Angels history (both for the first time in the past decade) so that brings us to 34 available jersey numbers.
Well then there are three numbers that might be off the list – 13 (bad luck), 69 (if you gotta ask), and 81 (Hell’s Angels) (don’t laugh and don’t dare go getting an Angels jersey with this number on it unless you want attention from both law enforcement and, well, some other folks).
That leave us with 31 good jersey numbers… except that nineteen of these available numbers are in the sixties or above – an indicator of a training camp scrub. So that leaves 12 good jersey numbers for Adell to choose from. And by the time this story has been posted Jo Adell will have chosen one of them for his jersey number and only eleven of these will be left:
7, 8, 19, 20, 36, 41, 44, 48, 53, 56, 58 and 59
Let’s hope Jo Adell picks a Hall of Fame jersey number out of this tiny selection for his coming Angels career.