Open Mic: New York Yankees All-Time Lineup

Jordan Schwartz@jordanharrisonSenior Writer IAugust 6, 2008

What other team can put nine Hall of Famers in their all-time lineup?  In addition to my dream nine, I've included who would be on my bench, pitching staff and 40-man roster. 

SS-Derek Jeter
This is a two-horse race between Jeter and Phil Rizzuto, and while the Hall of Famer had three more rings than the Captain has so far, the current Yankee has already surpassed the old timer in pretty much every single offensive category.  Jeter has a .315 career batting average and could possibly be sixth on the all-time hits list when all is said and done.

3B-Alex Rodriguez
A-Rod has only played five seasons in pinstripes so far, but he’ll go into the Hall of Fame with the interlocking NY on his cap.  His .403 obp and .575 slg as a Yankee are tops among New York third baseman and he’ll have almost all the cumulative club records by the time his career is over.

RF-Babe Ruth
The greatest player of all time holds the franchise record in runs, homers, total bases, walks, obp, slg, and average, despite the fact that he played 419 games with different teams.

1B-Lou Gehrig
The Iron Horse was one of the greatest players of all time.  He leads all Yankee first basemen in every single offensive statistical category besides steals, in which he is third with 102.  Gehrig’s .340 avg. is 17th in history, his .447 obp is fifth, and his .632 slugging trails only Babe Ruth and Ted Williams on the all-time list.

LF-Mickey Mantle
I’m moving Mantle from center to left out of respect for the man who came before him.  No one played more games or had more at bats as a Yankee than The Mick.  He was a 16-time All-Star, seven-time World Series champion, and three-time AL MVP.  Mantle also won the Triple Crown in 1956 and a Gold Glove in 1962.

CF-Joe DiMaggio
Joltin’ Joe was a three-time MVP, a 13-time All-Star and a nine-time World Series champion.  The Yankee Clipper is the only player in baseball history to be named an All-Star in every season that he played and his 56-game hitting streak is one of the greatest records in sports.

DH-Reggie Jackson
It pains me to put Reggie Jackson in this lineup because he only played five seasons with the Yankees and, frankly, I don't really like the man, but he was a 14-time All-Star, five-time World Champion, two-time Silver Slugger, two-time World Series MVP, and 1973 AL MVP.

C-Yogi Berra
The Hall of Famer won a record 10 World Championships and was one of just four players ever to win the AL MVP three times.  He leads all Yankee catchers in at bats (7151), games (1997), runs (1112), hits (2041), home runs (336), RBIs (1369), and total bases (3457).  Berra hit .285 with a .350 on base percentage and a .483 slugging percentage as a Yankee.

2B-Tony Lazzeri
Lazzeri was part of those great Yankee teams of the ’20s and ’30s, finishing in the top 14 of the MVP voting five times.  He’s tops among New York second basemen in hits (1784), doubles (327), triples (115), RBIs (1154), and total bases (2848).  The Hall of Famer hit .293 with a .373 on base percentage and a .467 slugging percentage as a Yankee.

Bench

C-Bill Dickey

1B-Don Mattingly

SS-Phil Rizzuto

OF-Roger Maris

Starting Rotation

Whitey Ford

Roger Clemens

Red Ruffing

Lefty Gomez

Ron Guidry

Bullpen

Andy Pettitte

Bob Shawkey

Allie Reynolds

Ed Lopat

Mel Stottlemyre

Goose Gossage

Mariano Rivera

40 Man Roster

C-Thurman Munson

C-Elston Howard

C-Jorge Posada

2B-Willie Randolph

2B-Bobby Richardson

3B-Graig Nettles

3B-Clete Boyer

3B-Red Rolfe

3B-Wade Boggs

OF-Bernie Williams

OF-Paul O'Neill

OF-Earl Combs

SP-Herb Pennock

SP-Tommy John

RP-Dave Righetti

Manager

Casey Stengel

Bench Coach

Billy Martin

Jordan Schwartz is Bleacher Report's New York Yankees Community Leader. His book "Memoirs of the Unaccomplished Man" is available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and authorhouse.com.  Jordan can be reached at jordanschwartz2003@yahoo.com.

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