Mike Matheny gives up No. 22 to Jason Heyward

One question that was raised shortly after Jason Heyward was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals was whether or not he’d get to keep wearing No. 22 on his jersey.

Manager Mike Matheny donned 22 for most of his career, including from 2000-2004 when he was with the Cardinals, and has worn it ever since he took over as manager before the 2012 season.

Heyward wore the number to remember a high school teammate who passed away in a car wreck, and on Saturday confirmed that Matheny would allow him to keep wearing it in St. Louis.

The Cardinals haven’t made an official announcement on the number changes yet, but Saturday also brought rumors that Matheny would take Carlos Martinez‘s No. 44 and Martinez would wear No. 18, which was last worn by his dear friend Oscar Taveras, who in October also passed away in a car accident.

Matheny wore No. 44 briefly in St. Louis and giving No. 18 to Martinez would certainly be a touching tribute to the late Taveras.

 

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