Thursday, September 1, 2011

Top 5 New York Yankees of All Time (non-pitchers)

5: Derek Jeter - This guy can't catch a break.  He is one of the best hitters for years, and he's called overrated. He has one bad year, and it's predicted to be the end of his career.  I'm glad to see him bounce back and hover (at this point) around .300.  He has done more for the current Yankee franchise than anybody--and no, I'm not forgetting Mo.  But Jeter does it daily, and did it off the field as well.  Truly great.

4: Mickey Mantle - The hard-drinking, hard-living, womanizing sonofabitch is one of the games legendary figures.  He was great, and had all the talent to be even greater.  Imagine Mantle playing now--with no winter job, strength and conditioning coaches, video, etc.?  We might be talking about him as the best ever.

3: Joe Dimaggio - In his later years, he was consistently announced as "the greatest living ballplayer"; and that was with a living Ted Williams!  Plus, he was married to Marilyn Monroe.

2: Lou Gehrig - My friend's kid's middle name is Gehrig, and with great reason.  Larrupin' Lou has a legitimate claim to being the single greatest Yankee who ever lived, stat-wise.  If you compare the numbers from his prime years with Ruth's, Lou might just come out ahead.  Do we have any Sabermetric guys out there who can give us an analysis? 

1: Babe Ruth - Duh!  It's his house!  Or it was until they demolished it, made it a parking lot, and built Papa George's House next door.  But still...  He gets the top spot because (1) he revolutionized the way the game is played, (2) he was a larger-than-life personality and his charisma could put him over The Iron Horse, and (3) he was one of the best pitchers of his day.  Ridiculous.

Probably no surprises here, but if you have complaints, post them below.  Or keep an eye out for my upcoming post on my favorite Yankees and post your guesses below--I'll bet you can guess #1, but not #2!  Stay tuned...

4 comments:

  1. 3rd Blog and you're already mailing it in? How long did this take you? 3 minutes tops?

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  2. 6 and 7 must be Yogi Berra and Don Mattingly

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  3. I've got a guess at #2, but will wait until you post to put it up. Hint: Career batting average of .254

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