The New York Yankees' 25 Best Single Season Offensive Performances Since 2000

Walker Harrison@WalkWearsCrocsContributor IIIFebruary 3, 2014

The New York Yankees' 25 Best Single Season Offensive Performances Since 2000

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    The New York Yankees have a long history of outstanding offensive performance that stretches back to the days of Ruth and Gehrig. Not much has changed in this millennium: the guys in pinstripes continue to put up some of the best numbers in the MLB on a yearly basis.

    Scroll through to see the 25 best single season offensive performances since 2000. A variety of factors was considered in regards to ranking the following seasons. Most important were the triple slash line (batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage), classic counting statistics (runs, RBIs, etc.) and extra-base hits.

    The defensive position manned by the player was also considered, as some spots, like catcher and shortstop, have lower output expectations.

25. Mark Teixeira, 2010

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    Key Stats: .256/.365/.481, 33 HR, 108 RBI, 113 R, 36 2B, 93 BB

    Teixeira's 2010 performance was not as good as his MVP-worthy 2009 output, but he still managed to be a central figure in the Yankees lineup. His batting average took a significant hit, but by drawing almost 100 walks he was able to keep his slash line looking very healthy. He also set a career high for runs scored.

24. Derek Jeter, 2001

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    Key Stats: .311/.377/.480, 21 HR, 74 RBI, 110 R, 191 H, 27 SB

    Jeter was a rare combination of power and speed in 2001, clocking 21 home runs and also swiping 27 bases. Paired with his usual high batting average and ability to score runs in bunches, and his 2001 statline proves to be one of his best.

23. Robinson Cano, 2009

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     Key Stats: .320/.352/.520, 25 HR, 85 RBI, 103 R, 204 H, 48 2B

    Cano might have been one of the most valuable bottom-of-the-lineup bats in the history of the game in 2009. While bigger names pulled their weight at the top of the lineup, Cano provided depth to the Yankees attack by mashing 25 home runs and 48 doubles.

22. Hideki Matsui, 2004

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    Key Stats: .298/.390/.522, 31 HR, 108 RBI, 109 R, 34 2B, 88 BB

    2004 was Godzilla's best season on American soil. He put up a career-high 31 round-trippers, and also had career bests in slugging percentage and on-base percentage, thanks to his 88 free passes.

21. Bernie Williams, 2000

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    Key Stats: .307/.391/.566, 30 HR, 131 RBI, 108 R, 37 2B, 13 SB

    Williams led the Yankees in home runs and RBIs, and finished a double short of his career best in that category. He also exhibited patience and speed on his way to another World Series title in pinstripes.

20. Gary Sheffield, 2005

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    Key Stats: .291/.379/.512, 34 HR, 123 RBI, 104 R, 78 BB

    Sheffield's 2005 campaign was almost identical to his previous season. He continued to be a force in the middle of the Yankees lineup, and bought into the team's patient approach with nearly 80 free passes.

19. Jason Giambi, 2006

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    Key Stats: .253/.413/.558, 37 HR, 113 RBI, 92 R, 110 BB

    Giambi continued to be extremely valuable despite a poor batting average. He led the Yankees in home runs and drew over 100 walks for the fourth time in five seasons, leading to yet another season with a sparkling on-base percentage.

18. Jorge Posada, 2003

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    Key Stats: .281/.405/.518, 30 HR, 101 RBI, 83 R, 93 BB

    Posada had his best power output in 2003, clubbing 30 round-trippers, and also set a career high in runs driven in, crossing the 100-RBI barrier for the only time in his career. He also drew nearly a hundred walks. His numbers are even grander when considering he was the everyday catcher. He finished third in MVP voting.

17. Alex Rodriguez, 2006

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    Key Stats: .290/.392/.523, 35 HR, 121 RBI, 113 R, 15 SB

    Although A-Rod was highly criticized in 2006 for his perceived lack of clutch ability, which ultimately led to his famous demotion in the lineup, his numbers would still make a player of normal aptitude salivate. He cruised past the 30-homer and 100-RBI barriers, and threatened a .400 on-base percentage.

16. Bernie Williams, 2002

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    Key Stats: .333/.415/.493, 19 HR, 102 RBI, 102 R, 204 H, 37 2B

    In Williams' last real productive season the the Yankees, he exhibited the batting skills and patience that made him a key part of their offensive attack during the '90s. He broke the 100-run, 100-RBI, and 200-hit marks, and finished in the top ten of MVP voting.

15. Alfonso Soriano, 2003

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    Key Stats: .290/.338/.525, 38 HR, 91 RBI, 114 R, 198 H, 36 2B, 35 SB

    Soriano's numbers in 2003 were down a notch across the board from his great 2002 performance, but they are still indicative of an excellent season. He was again a member of the 30-30 club, and continued to be very productive from the top of the Yankees lineup.

14. Gary Sheffield, 2004

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    Key Stats: .290/.393/.534, 36 HR, 121 RBI, 117 R, 92 BB

    Although Alex Rodriguez was the Yankees big-name addition prior to the 2004 season, it was Gary Sheffield who ended up being the team's best offensive player. He led the team in runs scored, home runs, runs batted in and walks, while finishing second in MVP voting.

13. Jorge Posada, 2007

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    Key Stats: .338/.426/.543, 20 HR, 90 RBI, 91 R, 74 BB

    Posada's stats in 2007 would be great for any player. Factor in the fact that he accomplished the feat as a catcher and his performance becomes that much more impressive. His .338 batting average was more than 50 points higher than that of any other season for the longtime backstop.

12. Jason Giambi, 2003

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    Key Stats: .250/.412/.527, 41 HR, 107 RBI, 97 R, 129 BB

    Giambi's batting average plummeted in his second season with the Yankees, but he remained a powerful bat, and continued to get on base via the walk. His 129 free passes were the most by a Yankee since Mickey Mantle had 146 in 1957.

11. Mark Teixeira, 2009

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    Key Stats: .292/.383/.565, 39 HR, 122 RBI, 103 R, 43 2B

    Teixeira showcased why the Yankees committed so much money to him in the previous offseason by having an outstanding year. He led the league in home runs, runs batted in and total bases, and had his second best doubles output with 43. He also snagged a Gold Glove, a second place finish in MVP voting, and, most importantly, a World Series ring.

10. Robinson Cano, 2013

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    Key Stats: .314/.383/.516, 27 HR, 107 RBI, 81 R, 190 H, 41 2B

    In what would end up being his last season for the Yankees, Cano proved how much he meant to the team. With other sluggers injured or aging, Cano casually performed at the high standard that fans had become accustomed to in recent years, hitting well above .300 with over 40 doubles and 100 runs driven in. He finished fifth in MVP voting, his fourth straight season of being in the top six vote-getters.

9. Curtis Granderson, 2011

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    Key Stats: .262/.364/.552, 41 HR, 119 RBI, 136 R, 10 3B, 25 SB

    Although Granderson's batting average wasn't excellent, he filled out the stat sheet everywhere else. He set a career high with 41 home runs, led the league in runs scored and runs driven in, and used his speed to pick up 25 stolen bases and leg out 10 triples. He finished fourth in MVP voting.

8. Derek Jeter, 2009

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    Key Stats: .334/.406/.465, 18 HR, 66 RBI, 107 R, 212 H, 30 SB

    Jeter proved that he still had a lot left in the tank even at age 35. He eclipsed the 100-run and 200-hit barriers again, managed to steal 30 bases and provided some pop at the top of the lineup with 18 home runs. His efforts landed him a third place finish in MVP voting. 

7. Robinson Cano, 2010

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    Key Stats: .319/.381/.534, 29 HR, 109 RBI, 103 R, 200 H, 41 2B

    2010 was the year Cano moved out from under the shadows of his teammates and became the Yankees' most important offensive player. Although he finished one homer short of his first 30-home run season, he did pass milestones such as 100 runs driven in, 100 runs scored, 200 hits and 40 doubles. A frontrunner in the MVP race for the first several months of the season, Cano eventually finished third.

6. Derek Jeter, 2006

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    Key Stats: .343/.417/.483, 14 HR, 97 RBI, 118 R, 214 H, 34 SB

    Jeter had his second best batting average ever in 2006 (and his best in any year after 2000), and was surprisingly productive in the RBI category, driving in 97 runs—also his second best career output in that respect. He continued to be a threat on the bases, picked up a Gold Glove award and narrowly missed out on his first MVP to winner Justin Morneau.

5. Jason Giambi, 2002

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    Key Stats: .314/.435/.598, 41 HR, 122 RBI, 120 R, 34 2B, 109 BB

    Many will argue that Giambi's apparent steroid use taints some of his numbers, but PEDs can't explain his amazing ability to draw walks. In his first season in the Bronx, Giambi continued to show his power with 41 blasts and his patience, recording an insane .435 on-base percentage. He finished fifth in MVP voting.

4. Robinson Cano, 2012

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    Key Stats: .313/.379/.550, 33 HR, 94 RBI, 105 R, 196 H, 48 2B

    Cano continued to anchor the Yankee lineup in 2012. He set career highs with 33 home runs and 61 walks, and flirted with 50 doubles on the season. He also snagged a Gold Glove for good measure and finished fourth in MVP voting. 

3. Alfonso Soriano, 2002

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    Key Stats: .300/.332/.547, 39 HR, 102 RBI, 128 R, 209 H, 51 2B, 41 SB

    Alfonso Soriano became a superstar in 2002 after a monster season from the leadoff position. He fell one home run shy of becoming a member of the exclusive 40-40 club, led the league in runs, hits, and stolen bases, while mashing 51 doubles, good for the third most in Yankees history. 

2. Alex Rodriguez, 2005

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    Key Stats: .321/.421/.610, 48 HR, 130 RBI, 124 R, 21 SB

    After a somewhat underwhelming first season with the Yankees, Rodriguez bounced back with a spectacular 2005 campaign. He led the league in home runs, runs, slugging percentage, and OPS, while playing all 162 games. He edged out David Ortiz to win his first MVP in pinstripes.

1. Alex Rodriguez, 2007

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    Key Stats: .314/.422/.645, 54 HR, 156 RBI, 143 R, 24 SB

    Although many of A-Rod's accomplishments have been severely compromised by his revealed steroid use, his 2007 season remains one of the best statistical performances in MLB history. He led the league in home runs, runs batted in, runs scored, slugging percentage, and OPS, and easily claimed his third MVP. He also hit .452 with eight home runs in the ninth inning that season, shaking his un-clutch reputation at least temporarily.