The Yankees have had some great players on their teams, and today I sift through to find the best.
This is part of a new series where I hope to eventually pick all stars for every team.
But today, we stick to the Yankees. Here is the Yankee all-star team:
(Players are as good as their best year on the team, and are judged by their career and best year combined.)
SS: Derek Jeter: No questions here at short.
LF: Don Mattingly: I knew coming in Lou Gehrig would be at 1st, so I looked to see where else Matts could play, and saw LF, so he barely beat out Reggie Jackson for this spot.
2B: Alofonso Soriano: A had to look at stats carefully between him and Willie Randolf, but he came out with a higher batting average and about four times the home runs a year.
DH: Ruth: No space in the OF for him, so I stuck him here.
CF: Micky Mantle: One of the best CFrs ever, he deserves this spot.
3B: A-rod: Between him and Nettles, I had to choose A-rod.
1B: Gehrig: A tough selection over Mattingly, but a choice that had to be made.
RF: Joe DiMaggio: Another great Yankees outfielder, he had a short career, but is still one of the best ever.
C: Berra: No question, as Posada was next closest.
Why the heck isn't he here: Reggie Jackson? While he's great, he couldn'e beat out Ruth, Mantle, DiMaggio, or even Mattingly, so he'll be on the bench along with Scooter, Maris, and Posada.
SP: Whitey Ford-It was hard to find starters, so I mostly went by wins. Ford is in the HOF, and was a no question for me.
SP: Andy Pettitte-Can't argue 185 Yankee wins, and 220 career wins.
SP: Mike Mussina-270 career wins, could have had 300.
SP: David Wells-Threw a no-no, and a good pitcher.
SP: David Cone-Another no-no, he had a pretty long Yankee career.
RP: Rich (Goose) Gossage-In the HOF.
RP: John Wetteland-Had 3 great years with the Yankees, and left after his fourth.
CL: Mariano Rivera-Number two in career saves.
Why the heck isn't he here: C.C. Sabathia? Because he didn't have enough time on the Yankees. But, watch out David Cone!
That's it. Look for other teams shortly.