Top 10 Yankee Position Players of All Time
This is my list of the top 10 New York Yankee position players of all time. This list does not include pitchers, just position players.
It is based on their stats for their career as well as their stats with the Yankees (if they were on different teams), and the talent they have. I did not include World Championships into it as WS are a team accomplishment, and should not be held against one single player.
Here is my list of the top 10 Yankee position players of all time!
10. Don Mattingly
Donnie Baseball! A great Yankee, and one of my personal favorite players of all time. Plus, he was pretty good too! He made six All-Star teams, and won nine Gold Glove awards, as he was possibly the best fielding first baseman every to play for the Yankees. He hit a critical home run in Game 2 of the 1995 ALDS, although the Yankees would later lose the series. It's really unfortunate that he never won a championship, because he sure deserved one.
9. Bernie Williams
Bernie won four World Championships, and four Gold Gloves as a member of the Yankees. He was a five time All-Star selection and was the 1996 ALCS MVP. He was also one of the best switch hitters ever to play for the Yankees, and definitely a fan favorite during his time there. Today, he is a musician! Thats pretty impressive for him to be able to go pro at baseball, and music. Nice job Bernie!
8. Reggie Jackson
Mr. October was only a Yankee for 5 years; he was a great talent throughout baseball during his time in the majors, and one of the most clutch postseason performers ever to play the game of baseball. He made 14 All Star teams, including the All-Star team in all five of his seasons with the Yankees. He hit 563 home runs and drove in 1702 runs. He made the Hall of Fame on the first ballet, as a Yankee, with 93.6 percent of the vote.
7. Yogi Berra
Yogi seems to look the same then, than he does now, doesn't he? Yogi made 15 All-Star teams, won 13 World Series Championships, and was a three time AL MVP. His #8 is, obviously, retired by the Yankees.
6. Joe Dimaggio
The Yankee Clipper holds a record that may never be broken. He hit in 56 consecutive games, and really has never even been approached by any other player in baseball since. He won nine WS Championships, made 13 All-Star teams, and is a well known Yankee legend.
5. Derek Jeter
Do I really need to explain this one? In a couple days Jeter will be the all time hits leader for the Yankees. He has won 4 World Championships and made 10 All-Star teams. He was a Rookie of the Year, and the 2000 World Series MVP. He deserves everything he's ever gotten. He is one of the greatest shortstops of all time, a fan favorite, and a class act. Plus, he's my favorite player of all time. Go Jeter!
4. Mickey Mantle
They say that Mickey Mantle used to cry in front of his locker if he had an o-fer game. They say that all the fans came to watch him put on a show and he didn't do it, and Mantle was upset about it. That says a lot about him. He loves the fans, loves the Yankees, and expected a lot out of himself. Well, he got quite a bit out of himself too. He won 7 World Championships and made 16 All Star games. He's also won himself a triple crown. There was no need for him to cry in front of his locker. He gave the fans plenty to cheer about!
3. Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez hasn't spent his entire career with the Yankees, but he is the greatest talent the Yankees have had since Mickey Mantle. He is arguably the greatest player ever to put on a baseball uniform, and probably the greatest right handed hitter in Yankees history. While he has yet to win a World Championship, A-Rod has won three MVPs, two with the Yanks. He has made 12 All-Star teams, including nine straight from 2000-2008. He has 575 home runs and counting. He's going to, barring injury, break the all-time home run record. When he's all done, he will have spent a total of 14 seasons in Pinstripes. Hopefully he can pick up a number of World Championships along the way.
2. Lou Gehrig
Lou Gehrig unfortunately died early of ALS, now known as Lou Gehrig's disease. However, he was an honorable man, a great baseball player, and he made one of the most memorable speeches in American History. He hit 493 home runs in his career, helped make up the heart of Murderer's Row, and, although not for long, currently leads the Yankees franchise in hits.
1. Babe Ruth
714 Home runs, "The House that Ruth Built", "The Man who Saved Baseball." What more do I have to say about, quite possibly, the greatest player who ever lived? He is the most well known Yankee legend, and is famous especially for starting the "Curse of the Bambino", and the Sox didn't win a World Series until their remarkable comeback in 2004 (which still hurts). In my mind, Ruth is the greatest player who ever lived. He hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium. He once called his shot. His plaque lies in Monument Park. And he's in the Hall of Fame. Is that enough reasons? You guys can come up with even more, But I don't think that anyone can argue that Babe Ruth belongs in this #1 spot in Yankees history.