The New York Baseball All-Decade Team: Position Players
This decade was great for the Yankees—winning two World Series—but not great for the Mets, only making the playoffs a couple of times.
In fact, in the first World Series of the decade, the two New York teams faced each other in the Subway Series. The Yankees won the series in five games with Derek Jeter named MVP.
In this decade, both New York teams had players that will forever be a part of the franchises' history such as Piazza, Jeter, and Rodriguez.
There will be a pitchers article in the near future.
Catcher: Mike Piazza, Mets
Piazza was a member of the New York Mets from 1998-2005. Piazza is probably the most beloved Met ever other than Tom Terrific (Tom Seaver).
As a member of the Mets, Piazza was named to seven All-Star games and won five Silver Slugger awards. He also helped bring the team to the 2000 Subway Series.
During his career, Piazza also played for the Dodgers, Marlins, Padres, and Athletics.
In Piazza's Mets career, he played just below one thousand games, his stats included a .296 batting average, 220 home runs, 655 RBI and 1,028 hits.
First Base: Jason Giambi, Yankees
Giambi was a member of the Yankees from 2002-2008.
As a member of the Yankees, Giambi was named to three All-Star games, was the 2002 Home Run Derby winner, and was the 2005 AL Comeback Player of the Year.
Giambi played for the Athletics before and after playing for the Yankees and currently the Rockies.
Giambi's Yankees stats include a .260 batting average, 209 home runs, 604 RBI, and 764 hits.
Second Base: Alfonso Soriano, Yankees
Soriano was a member of the Yankees from 1999-2003.
As a member of the Yankees, Soriano was named to one All-Star game, won two World Series, and led the AL in hits, runs, and stolen bases in 2002.
Since leaving the Yankees, Soriano has played for the Rangers, Nationals, and Cubs.
Soriano's Yankees stats include a .284 batting average, 98 home runs, 270 RBI, 571 hits, and 121 stolen bases.
Shortstop: Derek Jeter, Yankees
Could it be anyone else?
Jeter has been a member of the Yankees since 1995. He is probably the most famous Yankee ever other than the original guys like Ruth, Mantle, Marris, and a few others.
As a member of the Yankees, Jeter has been in 10 All-Star games, has won five World Series, a four-time Silver Slugger and Gold Glover, a two-time Hank Aaron Award winner, the 2000 World Series and All-Star Game MVP, and most recently was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year.
Jeter's career stats include a batting average of .317, 224 home runs, 1,068 RBI, 305 stolen bases, and an amazing 2,747 hits.
Third Base: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
This was somewhat a tough decision at first between A-Rod and David Wright, but after comparing their stats, A-Rod won. A-Rod has been a member of the Yankees since 2004.
As a Yankee, Rodriguez has been in all the All-Star games since coming over from Texas other than this year. He is a three time Silver Slugger, two-time AL MVP, and a World Series champion.
Before coming to the Yankees, Rodriguez played for the Rangers and Mariners.
Rodriguez's Yankees stats include a .300 batting average, 238 home runs, 716 RBI, and 996 hits.
Left Field: Hideki Matsui, Yankees
Matsui was a member of the Yankees from 2003-2009.
As a member of the Yankees, Matsui was the first Japanese-born player to hit 100 home runs, was a two-time All-Star, and this season became a World Series champion, where he was named the World Series MVP.
During the offseason, Matsui signed with the Angels.
Matsui's career Yankees stats include a .292 batting average, 597 RBI, 140 home runs, and 977 hits.
Center Field: Carlos Beltran, Mets
Beltran has been a member of the Mets since 2005.
As a member of the Mets, Beltran has been in four All-Star games, is a three-time Gold Glover, and is a two-time Sliver Slugger.
Before becoming a member of the Mets, Beltran played for the Astros and Royals.
Beltran's Mets stats include .281 batting average, 127 home runs, 466 RBI, and 720 hits.
Right Field: Gary Sheffield, Mets and Yankees
Sheffield was a member of the Mets this season and was a member of the Yankees from 2004 through 2006.
As a Yankee, Sheffield was a two-time All-Star and a two-time Silver Slugger. This season as a member of the Mets, Sheffield hit his 500th home run.
In Sheffield's MLB career, he has also played for the Brewers, Padres, Marlins, Dodgers, Braves, and Tigers.
Sheffield's Yankees stats include a .291 batting average with 76 home runs, 269 RBI, and 381 hits. As a Met this season, Sheffield batted .276 with 10 home runs, and 43 RBI.