Any Pitching Staff Want to Face This New York Yankees' Lineup?

Perry ArnoldSenior Analyst IApril 1, 2010

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 3: Infielder Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 3, 2010 at the George M. Steinbrenner  Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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If you were a pitcher and you looked at a batting order that featured Derek Jeter leading off, Alex Rodriguez hitting sixth and Robinson Cano hitting ninth, you would probably scratch your brow a little.

What a minute, did I say A-Rod hitting sixth and not fourth? And Cano hitting ninth and not fifth?

Yeah, that's what I said, because I'm not talking about the 2010 edition of the Bombers.

I'm talking about an all time Yankee batting order that would look something like this.

SS     Derek Jeter

CF     Joe Dimaggio

RF     Babe Ruth

DH    Lou Gehrig

LF     Mickey Mantle

3B    Alex Rodriguez

1B     Don Mattingly

C      Yogi Berra

2B     Robinson Cano

Anybody want to face that lineup?

The New York Yankees are the most storied franchise in sports history and have more great hitters than any team has ever had. These would be my pick for the greatest combination of hitters you could put on the field from among Yankee greats.

And if you look closely, you will notice that only two of the players, Ruth and A-Rod, were acquired by the Yankees and did not play their entire careers for the team.

I would challenge any other fan to come up with another franchise that could put a lineup together that looks like this.