All-Time New York Yankees Team

Mar 25, 2009

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I posted the All-time teams for each Major League Baseball franchise in 2006 on my Sporting News blog.  Enough time has passed that there will be some changes.  Since we’re dealing with over a century and thousands of players I will assume the DH role for both leagues.  I will limit the teams to 25 players.  I’ll carry 13 batters and 12 pitchers for each team.  With baseball season around the corner, what better time to take this journey.  The teams are based on the stats the players produced with the team so Reggie Jackson, for example, wouldn’t qualify for the Yankees.  I may tinker with the lineups slightly to get the best roster possible.

Manager: Joe McCarthy

C – Yogi Berra
1B – Don Mattingly
2B – Tony Lazzeri
3B – Alex Rodriguez
SS – Derek Jeter
LF – Mickey Mantle
CF – Joe DiMaggio
RF – Babe Ruth
DH - Lou Gehrig

Bench:  C Bill Dickey, OF Earle Combs, OF Bob Meusel, OF Bernie Williams

SP – Whitey Ford
SP – Ron Guidry
SP – Lefty Gomez
SP – Red Ruffing
P – Waite Hoyt
P – Andy Pettitte
P – Mel Stottlemyre
P – Herb Pennock
P – Dave Righetti
P – Rich Gossage
P – Sparky Lyle 
P - Mariano Rivera

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19 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. LEV
    March 25th, 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    very well done… i can’t think of a single change. tough to argue with any of those selections… maybe a spot for Catfish Hunter, and a bench spot for Dave Winfield (yeah he played for other teams but put up serious numbers as a Yankee) and Elston Howard.

  2. LestersLegends
    March 25th, 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    I thought about Winfield and Howard, but I think I grabbed the two best Yankee Catchers. You’re “cursed” with having too many as Posada would likely start for most all-time teams as well. Catfish really had just one outstanding season with the Yanks.

  3. LEV
    March 25th, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    very true… Posada has been great and doesn’t get enough credit with his game calling as well as the toughness he brings to the team. in many ways, as mush the heart and soul of that team as jeter and mariano. tough to discount catfish on pure numbers though, he was a big game pitcher and meant as much to the late 70′s yanks as schilling meant to the modern day Sox. a big game pitcher at his best when the game was on the line.

  4. LestersLegends
    March 25th, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    true, but schilling isn’t making the all-time sox team either.

  5. Larry
    March 26th, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    Great job, This is the toughest team to truly pick out the best.

    At Catcher Posada or Munson would be assets to the team,

    No way that Catfish would be on this team, I would take Mussina over Catfish bases on what they did as a Yankee

    Also I think I would go with Nettles as my 3B, But that may be my Anti-A-*** prejudice kicking in. also Clete Boyer was a great fielding 3B, I allso see some people have Joe Gordan at 2nd but I would go with Lazzeri

    Also thanks for putting Mel Stottlemyre on this team, He could easily be overlooked as a great pitcher as he pitched for the Yankees when they were truly awful in in most other positions.

  6. LestersLegends
    March 26th, 2009 at 12:39 pm #

    this was a tough one. I probably should have another infielder in there and take out one of the OFers. I just dont’ know who

  7. Larry
    March 26th, 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    Might have to take out a Pitcher because of the depth there to have a spare IF,

  8. LestersLegends
    March 26th, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    That’s true

  9. Guy
    March 26th, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    Nice Job! The Yankees are among the toughest franchises to choose just 25 players for the ‘All Time Team’. I like the way you were able to get Mattingly on the team by making Gehrig the DH. Very creative. Some good points made by previous posters about other possible inclusions but a strong case can be made for all of your selections. Keep them coming.

  10. LestersLegends
    March 26th, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    Thanks Guy.

  11. David Funk
    March 26th, 2009 at 10:17 pm #

    I agree with the previous comments that the Yankees are the toughest team to choose 25 players for because of how rich and deep the talent is in their history.

    And to think Murderer’s Row was tough lineup to go against, but how about having to pitch against these guys everyday! WOW!

    Nice post!

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  18. Larry
    February 22nd, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    If this team was put together today the Payroll would be about 750 Million at least. Maybe 1 Billion.

  19. Richard Berlly
    September 4th, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    The outfield,of course,can never be matched, and I think Roger Maris definitely merits a spot as a reserve. Also Bobby Richardson –great world series performer .

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