Phillies Announce New Jersey Numbers Across the 40-Man Roster

What’s in a number? Phillies hand out some new threads to their new players

Don’t worry Phillies fans, no one is wearing the numbers 6, 11, 26, 35, or 51 for a long time.

After making several moves through free agency and trades the Phillies have some new players needing numbers.

Below are some of the new numbers fans will potentially see coming out of the dugout in 2017.

  • Pat Neshek, 17
  • Howie Kendrick47
  • Michael Saunders, 5
  • Clay Buchholz, 21
  • Joaquin Benoit, 53
  • Pedro Beato, 54
  • Cesar Ramos, 55
  • Ryan Hanigan, 34
  • Bryan Holaday, 59
  • Pedro Florimon, 18
  • Hector Gomez, 62
  • Daniel Nava, 25

Several of those new numbers have some history behind them. Saunders #5 was famously worn by Pat Burrell during his tenure in Philadelphia but was last worn by Pete Orr in 2011. Howie Kendrick’s #47 was last worn by Charlie Morton and Sean O’Sullivan, but historically it has been known as Larry Anderson’s number.

Pat Neshek gets #17, and officially breaks up the line of Bourjos, Bogusevic, and Brignac (which is also a local law firm). Historically the number has been worn by Scott Rolen, player Pete Mackanin, and Rickey Jordan.

If the number 21 means anything for a Phillies player, it’s that you will not be around for long. Since 2000 there have been 10 players who have donned the legal age number, including Taylor Featherston, Wilson Valdez, Cedric Hunter, and Adam Eaton.

Brad Lidge’s 54 goes to Pedro Beato, and Roy Halladay’s 34 will be donned by backup catcher Ryan Hanigan.

Also getting their official numbers, at least for spring training, were some of the Phillies top prospects. Expect these numbers to change if the player makes the majors and stays for an extended period of time.

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  • Andrew Knapp, 64
  • Nick Williams, 65
  • J.P. Crawford, 67
  • Rhys Hoskins, 70
  • Ricardo Pinto, 73
  • Nick Pivetta, 74
  • Alberto Tirado, 75
  • Jesemuel Valentin, 76
  • Dylan Cozens, 77

Williams I could see one day wearing #15 (formerly worn by Dick Allen) and Crawford someday wearing #9, although Domonic Brown is not a name you want to be associated with in this town.

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