27 World Series Championships, 40 American League Pennants, and countless of Hall of Famers, including "Joltin' Joe", Yogi, and "The Iron Horse."
From "The Babe" to "The Mick", Billy Martin to Joe Torre, and "Mr. October" to "Mr. November", some of the greatest players and managers in baseball history have donned the New York Yankee Pinstripes.
Whether you love them, or hate them, the Yankees simply know how to win.
Considering all of the legends that have played for the greatest organization in professional sports, deciding on the greatest players to ever play at the stadium that's located on 161st and River Avenue in the Bronx was not an easy task.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but here's my greatest Yankees team (position by position) ever assembled in New York Yankees history.
Career Statistics: .285 Batting Average, 358 Home Runs, 1,430 RBI, Three-time MVP
A staple at New York Yankees Old-Timers Day, Lawrence “Yogi” Peter Berra is the greatest catcher in baseball history.
When Yogi (no last name required) retired, he had more home runs and RBI than any other catcher to ever play the game. Yogi was best known for his excellent hitting of poor pitches, and his ability to cover all areas of the strike zone. Five times, Yogi had more home runs in a season than strikeouts, and during the 1950 season, Yogi struck out only twelve times at 597 at-bats.
Yogi led all American League catchers eight times in games caught and was also an incredible fielder. He was only one of four catchers to ever field 1.000 for a season, and played in 88 errorless games during the 1958 season.
Throughout his 18-year career, Yogi played on 14 pennant winning teams, and won 10 World Series championship, the most in MLB history.
However, I will always remember Yogi leaping into Don Larsen's arms following Game 5 of the 1956 World Series, the only perfect game in the World Series history.
How will you remember Yogi?
Career Statistics: .340 Batting Average, 493 Home Runs, 1,995 RBI, Two-Time MVP.
What if Lou Gehrig's life wasn't taken from him at the age of 38? Could he have been the greatest hitter of all-time?
Gehrig, nicknamed the "Iron Horse" was a durable, power hitting first baseman who played in an incredible 2,130 consecutive games between 1925-1939.
Gehrig could've surpassed Babe Ruth in many offensive categories, but the debilitating disease, known today as "Lou Gehrig's Disease"cut his life short, as Gehrig was still able to become one the greatest players in baseball history.
Between 1923-1934, Gehrig compiled better overall numbers than Ruth during that period. Gehrig was an RBI-machine, as he drove in at least 100 runs for 13 straight seasons, and had 1,995 RBI during his seventeen year career.
Gehrig was forced to unwillingly retire from the game, being the record holder of three of the top six RBI seasons in baseball history:
He drove in 175 RBI in 1927, had 174 RBI in 1930, and in 1931 had an incredible 184 RBI season.
Gehrig finished his career with a batting average of .340, an on-base percentage of .447, and a slugging percentage of .632.
Gehrig was selected to each of his first seven All-Star games. He won the American League MVP award in 1927 and 1936. On June 3, 1932, Gehrig hit four home runs in one game, and was the Yankees team captain from 1935-1939.
Gehrig also won the Triple Crown in 1934, leading the American League in batting average (.363), home runs (49), and RBIs (165).
And, if you're still not convinced Gehrig was the greatest first baseman in Yankees history, here's more:
1) Had eight consecutive seasons of 120-plus RBIs
2) Finished his career by scoring 1,888 runs, and hit 23 career grand slams
3) Finished his career with most extra base hits by a first baseman with 1,190
Do you still believe he wasn't the luckiest man on the face of the earth?
Career Statistics: .276 Batting Average, 54 Home Runs, 687 RBI
While not the most marquee position in Yankee history, deciding which player was the greatest second baseman in Yankees history, despite the talented players that have played this position, was not a simple task.
If I based my decision purely on the numbers; Tony Lazzeri, who finished his career with a batting average of .292, 178 home runs, and 1,191 runs batted in, would be the clear-cut choice.
Lazzeri topped 100 RBI seven times throughout his career, and finished in the Top 10 in MVP voting five times and was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.
But it's not always about the numbers, and that is why, my choice for the greatest second baseman in Yankees history is Willie Randolph.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York; Randolph spent 13 of his 18 seasons as a player with the Yankees, playing in a team record 1,688 games at second base.
Randolph finished his career with 271 stolen bases, 1,239 runs scored, 2,210 career hits, and was selected to six All-Star teams.
As a career No. 2 hitter in the order, Randolph was a patient hitter who drew more than 80 walks seven times in his career. Having reputation of being an outstanding defensive player, Randolph never committed an error in 46 career post-season games.
In 1980, Randolph won the Silver Slugger award, being voted the best offensive second baseman in the American League, and was given the honor of being the Yankees team captain from 1986-1988.
Randolph was the Yankees' starting second baseman on the 1977 and 1978 World Series Championship teams, and would end his Yankee "career" by winning four World Series titles as a Yankee coach.
He might not have been the greatest second basemen to ever play for the Bronx Bombers, but he's certainly my favorite.
Career Statistics: .317 Batting Average, 2,785 Hits, 228 Home Runs, 1,595 runs scored (for now).
Did you really think I was choosing anyone else, besides Derek Jeter, as the greatest shortstop in Yankees history?
Jeter is regarded as a consummate professional, one of the greatest postseason players in MLB history, and at the age of 35, Jeter is already the all-time postseason leader in hits and runs scored.
Having played his entire career for the Yankees, Jeter was named team Captain in 2003.
From the start, Jeter was always a special player. In 1996, Jeter was named the American League Rookie of the Year, but more importantly, helped the Yankees win the 1996 World Series championship - their first title in 18 years.
Along with being a five-time World Series champion, Jeter is the only player to win both the All-Star game MVP award and World Series MVP award in the same season (2000).
He's a 10 time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove award winner, four-time Silver Slugger award winner, and was named the 2009 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. Jeter is also arguably the greatest post-season and "clutch" hitter in baseball history.
Not only is Jeter the all-time hits leader among shortstops, Jeter became the Yankees all-time hits leader, after he surpassed Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig in 2009 with his 2,722 career hit as a Yankee.
Jeter is on pace to finish his career with over 3,000 hits, 300 homers, 400 steals, and 1,500 RBI.
If Jeter doesn't reach those milestone numbers, I won't hold it against him, because there will never be a greater shortstop in the history of the Yankees, than Derek Jeter.
Career Statistics: .304 Batting Average, 586 Home Runs, 1,726 RBI, Three-time MVP (not done yet)
Can I really name someone, who has only played four years with the team, the greatest third baseman in the history of the New York Yankees?
By the time A-Rod's career is over, he will most likely be all-time home run leader, collect over 3,300 hits, and drive in over 2,500 RBI, and be on a direct flight to Cooperstown, New York to be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.
He's one of four members of the elusive 40/40 club (40 stolen bases/40 home runs), is considered one of the best all-around baseball players of all time, and by the time his career is over, will be the greatest player of all-time.
Rodriguez became the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, breaking the record Jimmie Foxx set in 1939, and during the 2004 season, he also became the youngest player ever to reach the 350 HR mark and the third youngest to reach the 1,000 RBI plateau.
Rodriguez is a 12-time All-Star and, but most importantly, finally won his first World Series championship last season.
After A-rod’s postseason for the ages (six homeruns, 18 RBI, .365 avg), no one should ever question Rodriguez, and wonder if he’s able to thrive in the postseason because he certainly proved last year that he can.
And there is no doubt; he'll prove that he can do it again in the near future.
You might disagree with my choice of Rodriguez, but when he retires, you'll look back at this list and realize, A-rod was the greatest third baseman in Yankees history (if he's not already).
But don't worry; I won't say I told you so because I knew I was right all along.
Career Statistics: .283 Batting Average, 465 Home Runs, 1,833 RBI,
On a list of all-time greats, many of you are wondering if Dave Winfield really belongs. This isn't a mistake, and Winfield is the greatest left fielder in New York Yankees history.
Although Winfield and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner rarely saw eye to eye, Winfield did not allow his relationship with "The Boss" to affect his performance on the baseball diamond.
He was a 12-time All-Star, seven-time Golden Glove award winner, and a six-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award, and always performed at the highest level.
Winfield finished his career with 3,110 hits, and 1833 RBI, and is one of 10 players in baseball history to have compiled 3000 hits and 300 homeruns during his career.
In 2001, Winfield was inducted in the baseball Hall of Fame, but controversy arose when Winfield elected to go into Cooperstown as a San Diego Padre, instead of a Bronx Bomber.
Winfield might think of himself as a Padre, but Yankee fans will always remember him as the superstar left fielder, that he was.
Career Statistics: .298 Batting Average, 536 Home Runs, 1,509 RBI, 3-Time MVP.
Mickey Mantle played his entire 18-year Hall of Fame career with the New York Yankees.
Regarded as the greatest switch hitter of all-time, and one of the greatest players in baseball history, "The Mick" was loved by all (as displayed in the Movie 61).
Mantle arguably had the greatest career of any player in baseball history. He won the AL Triple Crown in 1956, was an AL Gold Glove winner in 1962, and was selected to the AL All-Star team a remarkable 16-times.
Mantle played on 12 pennant winning teams, and won seven World Series championships.
Mantle finished his career as the World Series record holder for: home runs (18), RBIs (40), runs (42), walks (43), extra-base hits (26), and total bases (123).
Mantle's career was plagued and cut short by injuries, but that will never stop people from remembering Mantle as a Yankee legend, and one of the greats to don the Yankee pinstripes.
Career Statistics: .342 Batting Average, 714 Home Runs, 2,217 RBI, One-time MVP
Where do I even begin?
1) The first player to hit 60 home runs in one season (1927)
2) In 1923, Ruth finished the season with a batting average of .393, a Yankee record.
3) Had a career .690 slugging percentage and 1.164 career on-base slugging percentage (OPS) - both Major League records.
4) Led the league in home runs twelve times
5) Led the league in slugging percentage and OPS thirteen times
6) Led the league in runs scored eight times, and RBIs six times.
When Ruth retired in 1935, he was the all-time leader in home runs, runs scored, RBI, walks, and total bases
Ruth was one of the most prolific hitters the game has ever seen. He was the heart and soul of a Yankees' lineup that won seven pennants and four World Series titles as a member of the Yankees.
Ruth was one of the first five players elected to the baseball Hall of Fame, and will forever be known as "The Great Bambino."
Career Statistics: 236-106, 2.75 ERA, 1961 Cy Young Award winner.
Known as the Chairman of the Board, Whitey Ford finished his career with 236 wins, the most in New York Yankees history.
Ford was a 10-time All Star, who played his entire 16-year Hall of Fame career with the New York Yankees.
Besides for having won six World Series championships, Ford holds the record for victories (10), and the most strikeouts in World Series history. In 22 World Series games, Ford posted a 2.71 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, along with 94 strikeouts, and is arguably the greatest World Series pitcher of all-time.
Ford finished his career with 1,956 strikes, 156 complete games, in 3,170.1 innings pitched, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974, making Ford the easy choice as the greatest starting pitcher in Yankees history.
There is no other option, and if you think there is, I don't want to hear about it.
Rivera is a five-time World Series champion. He has the lowest ERA and most saves in postseason and American League history. And in the history of baseball and in the history of the New York Yankees, there will never be a greater and more dominant closer than Rivera.
Leading me to ask, would you ever want to have anyone else on the mound closing out a game for you?
I don't think so.