Pittsburgh Pirates: Which Number Will Team Retire Next?

Pittsburgh Pirates: Which Number Will Team Retire Next?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

It has been quite a while since the Pittsburgh Pirates have retired a jersey number. Rightfielder Paul Waner (No. 11), who played in Major League Baseball from 1926-1945, was the last Pirates player to have his number, bacx in 2007.

PennStakes.com – your source for PA sportsbooks - broke down probable odds for the next Pirates number to be retired. Here is our list.

Next Pittsburgh Pirates Retired Number Odds

There is plenty of information on Pennsylvania sports betting appsbut these hypothetical odds are only here at PennStakes.com. 

NumberPlayerPct. ChanceOdds
22Andrew McCutchen84.6%-550
39Dave Parker4.7%+2000
15Oneil Cruz2.2%+4500
18Andy Van Slyke1.0%+10000
32Henry Davis1%+10000


McCutchen Runaway Odds Leader

The overwhelming choice to be the next one to have his number retired is outfielder Andrew McCutchen (No. 22), a fan favorite who currently is in his second stint for the Pirates. He has prohibitive -550 odds (84.6% chance). McCutchen first played for Pittsburgh from 2009-2017, where he made five All-Star teams and won the 2013 National League Most Valuable Player Award.

Far behind in second is Dave Parker (39) at +2000 (4.7%). Parker played for the Pirates from 1973 to 1983 and helped Pittsburgh to its last World Series title in 1979. Nicknamed “The Cobra,” Parker made four All-Star appearances with the Pirates and won batting titles in 1977 and 1978. He won NL MVP honors in 1978.

Rounding out the top five are: Oneil Cruz (15) at +4500 (2.2%) and Andy Van Slyke (18) and Henry Davis (32), both tied at +10000 (1%). Cruz and Davis are both on the Pirates and have bright futures. Van Slyke last played in Pittsburgh in 1995. Any other player not listed is at +1400 (6.7%). 
Besides Waner, the other Pittsburgh numbers to be retired:

  • 1: Billy Meyer (Retired 1954)
  • 4: Ralph Kiner (1987)
  • 8: Willie Stargell (1982)
  • 9: Bill Mazeroski (1987)
  • 20: Pie Traynor (1972)
  • 21: Roberto Clemente (1973)
  • 33: Honus Wagner (1952)
  • 40: Danny Murtaugh (1977)
  • 42: Jackie Robinson (Retired by MLB in 1997). 

ESPN BET Pirates Futures

Over at ESPN Bet Pennsylvania Thursday, the Pirates are tied with the Los Angeles Angels at +6500 to win the World Series and have the third-longest odds to win the National League pennant at +3000.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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