The All-Time Yankees Team
Whether you love them, or hate them, there’s simply no denying the legacy and sheer greatness of the New York Yankees. Their 27 World Series Championships are the most among any team in any professional sport. They’ve won 40 American League Pennants, and have had 5 CY Young Award winners to go along with 12 different MVPs (20 total) and countless Hall of Famers. The Yankee pinstripes have been worn by legends and remain the symbol of professionalism and excellence. Assembling an all-time Yankees team is not an easy task considering the number of historic players to choose from, but I did my best and here’s what I came up with.
Catcher: Yogi Berra (1946-1963)
One of the most famous and recognizable Yankees of all-time, Yogi won 10 World Series Championships (the most in MLB history) with the Yanks and added 3 MVPs.
First Baseman: Lou Gehrig (1923-1939)
“The Iron Horse” had at least 100 rbi in 13 straight seasons, including a 174 rbi, 175 rbi, and 184 rbi season. Gehrig is a 2-time MVP with a career batting average of .340. He added a Triple Crown to his historic career in 1930. ALS cut Gerhigs career short at the age of 38. He’s definitely one of the greatest players of all-time, and if it wasn’t for his unfortunate disease Gehrig could have been the best ever.
Second Baseman: Tony Lazzeri (1926-1937)
Lazzeri drove in over 100 runs seven times in his Hall of Fame career and finished with a .967 fielding percentage. Robbie Cano will probably take his spot in the coming years.
Third Baseman: Alex Rodriguez (2004-Present)
A 3-time MVP with 626 home runs and counting, A-Rod is one of the best sluggers to ever play the game. A-Rod is also a member of the 40-40 club. By the time A-Rod retires he will most likely be the MLB’s all-time leader in home runs as well as have had over 3,000 hits.
Shortstop: Derek Jeter (1996-Present)
Is there really any doubt to this selection. One of the most clutch players in MLB postseason history, Jeter has more postseason hits and runs scored than anyone else in history. He recently became the 28th player in MLB history to eclipse 3,000 career hits and is the Yankees all-time hits leader. Jeter also has 5 World Series Championships to his name as well as the 1996 Rookie of the Year Award.
Outfielder: Dave Winfield (1981-1990)
Winfield doesn’t get brought up with the likes of other Yankees greats, but he definitely deserves to be. Winfield is a 12-time All-Star, 6-time Silver Slugger award winner, and a 7-time Gold Glover. He is also one of only 10 players in history to record 3,000 hits and 300 home runs in his career.
Outfielder: Joe DiMaggio (1936-1951)
“Joltin’ Joe” or “The Yankee Clipper” drove in over 100 runs 9 times in his 13 year career, including a 155 rbi season. DiMaggio collected 3 MVPs to go along with 10 World Series appearances.
Outfielder: Mickey Mantle (1951-1968)
“The Mick” is one of the greatest World Series sluggers in MLB history, compiling 18 home runs in 12 career postseason appearances. He’s also a 3-time MVP, 16-time All-Star,7-time World Series Champion, and a Triple Crown award winner.
Designated Hitter: Babe Ruth (1920-1934)
“The Sultan of Swat,” “The Great Bambino,” and “The Colossus of Clout” are just a few of George Herman “Babe” Ruth’s nicknames. Ruth is arguably the best player of all-time. He has 714 home runs, 2,217 rbi, and a career batting average of .342. Ruth also led the majors in home runs twelve times, runs scored eight times, and rbi six times.
Starting Pitcher: Whitey Ford (1950-1967)
“The Chairman of the Board”or “Slick” is the Yankees’ all-time leader in virtually every pitching category, including: wins (236), strikeouts (1,956), and shutouts (45) among many more. Not to mention his 6 World Series Championships, 10 World Series victories, and a career 2.75 ERA.
Closer: Mariano Rivera (1995-Present)
Really, who else? Mo is the greatest closer of all-time, period. He’s won five World Series Championships and has the postseason record for saves and ERA. He’s approaching 600 career saves and by the time his career is over he will be the all-time leader in saves. There will never be a closer as dominant and consistent as Mo.