|2006 SPx #70|
#7 Ronny Cedeno - I had originally hoped that prospect Maikel Franco would be assigned #7 as a sign of confidence in the young infielder. Alas, the number went to veteran infielder Cedeno who joins his seventh club with the Phillies. Cedeno has never before worn #7 in the Majors, and the number was most recently worn by fan favorite Michael Martinez. (I'm kidding of course about the fan favorite bit.)
#53 Bobby Abreu - In a move that wasn't too surprising, Abreu reclaimed his old number from reliever B.J. Rosenberg. I wonder if there was any bartering involved, or if Abreu just played his All Veterans Stadium Team member card and took his number back?
#57 Chad Gaudin - Gaudin has worn #57 for most of his 11-year career, so he swiped the number from relative newcomer Luis Garcia.
#39 B.J. Rosenberg - Rosenberg assumes #39 after Abreu claimed his old #53. Steven Lerud wore the number the past two seasons, and the last pitchers to wear the number were Michael Schwimer in 2011 and Brett Myers from 2003 to 2009.
#43 Luis Garcia - Do you think they even bothered to ask Garcia if he wanted #43, or do you think the clubhouse guys just made an executive decision?
- Not that anyone will ever care, but let the official record show that outfielder Dave Sappelt was once assigned #67 during his one month stint as property of the Phillies. Sappelt was removed from the non-roster invitee list following the signing of Abreu.
- With the latest round of number assignments, the following non-retired numbers between 1 and 60 are still officially available - #34, #41 and #46. #34 and #41 are definitely being held back as an unofficial tribute to Roy Halladay and Charlie Manuel, respectively. I can't say the same for #46, which was last worn by reliever Raul Valdes.