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Game 5: November 1, 2001 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

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ESPN New York released their “50 Greatest Yankees” list the other day. I can’t really argue too much with their list, although I probably would have swapped Thurman Munson (#12) and Bill Dickey (#10). Yes, I know Dickey is in the Hall of Fame and Munson isn’t. But it was Munson’s leadership, as much as anything else that returned the Yankees to their winning ways in the ’70s. And who knows what kind of numbers he would have put up if not for the plane crash?

Anyway, here’s their list. I’ve added in the dates they played for the Yanks, along with their position. An asterisk denotes a playing career interrupted by a military commitment; # denotes a Hall-of-Famer. Current players are in red type. Feel free to let us know how you feel about the list!

50. Mike Mussina (RHP, 2001-2008)

49. Bob Meusel (LF, 1920-1930)

48. Albert “Sparky” Lyle (LHP, 1972-1978)

47. Gil McDougald (IF, 1951-1960)

46. Jim “Catfish” Hunter (RHP, 1974-1978)#

45. David Cone (RHP, 1995-2000)

44. Roy White (LF, 1965-1979)

43. Hank Bauer (RF, 1948-1959)

42. Jack Chesbro (RHP, 1903-1909)#

41. Eddie Lopat (RHP, 1948-1955)

40. Rickey Henderson (1985-1989)#

39. Vic Raschi (RHP, 1946-1953)

38. Joe Gordon (2B, 1938-1946)*#

37. Tommy Henrich (RF, 1937-1950)*

36. Charlie “King Kong” Keller (LF, 1939-1949)*

35. Bobby Murcer (CF, 1969-1974, 1979-1983)

34. Spurgeon “Spud” Chandler (RHP, 1937-1947)

33. Willie Randolph (2B, 1976-1988)

32. Waite Hoyt (RHP, 1921-1929)#

31. Mel Stottlemyre (RHP, 1964-1974)

30. Paul O’Neill (RF, 1993-2001)

29. Graig Nettles (3B, 1973-1983)

28. Dave Winfield (OF, 1981-1990)#

27. Herb Pennock (LHP, 1923-1933)#

26. Allie “Superchief” Reynolds (RHP, 1947-1954)

25. Rich “Goose” Gossage (RHP, 1978-1983, 1989)#

24. Elston Howard (C, 1955-1967)

23. Earle Combs (CF, 1924-1935)#

22. Roger Maris (RF, 1960-1966)

21. Jorge Posada (C, 1995-present)

20. Phil Rizzuto (SS, 1941-1956)*#

19. Bernie Williams (CF, 1991-2006)

18. “Poosh ‘Em Up” Tony Lazzeri (2B, 1926-1937)#

17. Ron “Gator” Guidry (LHP, 1975-1988)

16. Andy Pettitte (LHP, 1995-2003, 2007-2010)

15. Reggie Jackson (RF, 1977-1981)#

14. Vernon “Lefty” Gomez (LHP, 1930-1942)#

13. Alex Rodriguez (3B, 2004-present)

12. Thurman Muson (C, 1969-1979)

11. Don Mattingly (1B, 1982-1995)

10. Bill Dickey (C, 1928-1946)#

9. Charles “Red” Ruffing (RHP, 1930-1942)#

8. Edward “Whitey” Ford (LHP, 1953-1967)*#

7. Derek Jeter (SS, 1995-present)

6. Lawrence “Yogi” Berra (C, 1946-1963)#

5. Mariano Rivera (RHP, 1995-present)

4. Mickey Mantle (CF, 1950-1968)#

3. “Joltin” Joe DiMaggio (CF, 1936-1951)*#

2. Lou “Iron Horse” Gehrig (1B, 1923-1939)#

1. George “Babe” Ruth (RF, 1920-1934)#

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Andy Kindler took his annual visit to Yankees Spring Training camp in Florida. He appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night and shared his experiences. Here’s a look back at at 2010.

Andy Kindler: (wondering how you work in a baseball glove) “Do you suck it….uh….soak it…”  David Wells: “I don’t suck anything, buddy. You might want to suck it.”

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NO ONE'S LOOKING AT YOU, MIKE! Merlyweds Michael Kay and his much, MUCH better half, Channel 11 news anchor Jodi Applegate, at their gala wedding last night at The Plaza.  'I DO': Rudy Giuliani makes the happy couple husband and wife.

The long anticipated Michael Kay wedding. Let the jokes roll in.

From the NY Post:

Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay and TV news anchor Jodi Applegate tied the knot at The Plaza last night in a lavish ceremony packed with pinstripe powerhouses and skippered by former Mayor and Bronx Bombers die-hard Rudy Giuliani.

Several former Yankee greats such as Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez and Darryl Strawberry, were among the 350 guests who turned out to watch the lovebirds exchange vows at the storied hotel shortly after twilight.

“It’s a great day for Michael Kay,” Strawberry told The Post. “He waited this long for the right one. It’s amazing.”

Baseball bigs, including Yanks manager Joe Girardi and team co-owner Hal Steinbrenner rubbed elbows with TV personalities such as NBC anchor Brian Williams and Applegate’s WPIX/Channel 11 colleagues Kaity Tong and weatherman Mr. G.

And actor Danny Aiello, Kay’s uncle, was on hand to fete the happy couple as were former Yanks and Kay’s YES-network colleagues Al Leiter, David Cone and John Flaherty.

The president of Fordham University, Kay’s alma mater, gave the benediction before a grinning Giuliani took the helm.

Applegate donned a white empire lace dress designed by Suzanne Neville from the Wedding Atelier bridal boutique. She changed her dress three more times throughout the night, a guest said.

The auburn-haired stunner also sported sparkly, 14-carat diamond earrings on loan from London Jewelry, and custom silk gloves, silk velvet cuffs and a white fox fur stole. (more…)

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The amateur draft is all over, but there was one very interesting pick in this years draft for the Yankees. In the 42nd round, the Yankees drafted Michael O’Neill, Paul O’Neill’s nephew. While he is verbally committed to Michigan to play baseball, it was certainly interesting that the Yankees drafted him. He stands 6 feet tall and weighs in at a slim 175 pounds and plays CF. While it is unknown whether or not he will accept the scholarship at Michigan or sign with the Bombers is unknown at this point.

Imagine a world where he plays for the Yankees and makes it through the system to eventually be allowed to wear number 21. I don’t think many Yankee fans would object. I know number 2 (as seen in the picture) won’t be anymore if he cracks the big league club.

You can read more about him here.

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Whether it’s Sterling, Flatherty, Waldman, Kay, or any of the other YES Network and WCBS 880 broadcast members, the fans always have something to complain about. It could be the crazy home run calls by Sterling, Kay’s big head, or the boring Flatherty (I don’t think he is). You even hear people make rude comments about the lovely Kim Jones. I just don’t get it.

Every person has their own quirks, and if you don’t like them for any reason..why don’t you just mute the tv? Nobody is forcing you to listen to these games. You can say the same thing for Buck and McCarver. If you hate them so damn much, just turn off your television. People don’t realize how hard and grueling these jobs really are. Let’s remember that these guys call and report from a 162-game season.

I was actually waiting outside the press gate the other day, after that grueling loss to the Tribe and I had the chance to meet Michael Kay and John Sterling. I could see they were both in a rush to leave the ballpark, but they took the time to shake my hand and sign a baseball for me. Even Suzyn Waldman waved hello.

I’m just sick and tired of all the complaints and rude comments these people have to hear. It’s unnecessary.

 

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As the calendar turns to 2010 and Spring Training approaches, the Yankees are entering their 9th year since the retirement of RF Paul O’Neill. Since his retirement, only one person has worn his number, LaTroy Hawkins. However, only a few weeks into the 2008 season did LaTroy switch his number to 22 because Yankees fans still viewed the number sacred in Yankees history, thus causing problems for LaTroy. It got so bad at one point that at homestands when LaTroy would pitch, fans would chant O’Neill’s name. Since LaTroy switched teams, no one else has worn 21 which begs the question, should the number retired?

Most Yankees fans will answer a resounding yes and I am one of those fans that believe so as well. However, there are those people who believe that he didn’t do enough to deserve to have his number retired.

Looking at the retired numbers, there is a player on the list that O’Neill compares to in regards to numbers, for the most part. That person is Reggie Jackson. Their numbers to compare are listed below. (more…)

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VIA Bob Klapisch:

It appears Cone’s short but brilliant run in the YES broadcast booth may be over. Sources say Cone is out after a heated disagreement with network executives.

A spokesman confirmed via e-mail: “David’s contract is up. We’d love to have him back, but he’s in the process of evaluating his various options. … He may not be back based on what he decides.”

Cone’s skill and confidence grew appreciably in the past year. Like former-Met teammate Ron Darling, he had a graceful way of explaining baseball to casual fans, but also was immersed in cutting edge sabermetrics.

Michael Kay said, “I’d come into the booth five hours before a game and Coney would already be there, buried in the computer, looking up stats. He took it very seriously.”

I hope this isn’t true, but if it is, I wish nothing but the best of luck in any future endeavors for Cone. Now, I don’t know if it’s me, but it seems as if the spokesperson was told to make it seem like he might come back and it may be true. However, if Cone was going to come back, don’t you think he would have already? I can see him on MLB network next if he doesn’t stay at YES. At least YES still has Paul O’Neill…

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This isn’t all of them, but there will be more in the future. Enjoy!

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Paul O?Neill attends the 6th annual Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation Gala at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers on November 7, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Paul O?Neill

Today during the pregame, Paul O’Neill made the argument that the Yankees’ MVP thus far this season is Mark Teixeira, and looking at his numbers, they’re pretty darn impressive (.279/.379/.553; he’s also leading the AL with 25 HR). MVP races often hinge on HR numbers, and by that count it’s tough to argue against Tex, but from an actual objective standpoint, he’s just not the most valuable Yankee thus far this year (and he’s not particularly close to it, in fact). The winner might surprise you (especially if I hadn’t included his name in the title of this post).

Derek Jeter is having one of his best seasons ever. Compared to his career averages, he’s striking out a bit less (13.5% to 17.0%), walking a bit more (10.6% to 9.3%), getting on base a bit more (.396 to .387) and slugging about the same (.456 to .458). But where the real difference is coming is in Derek’s defence. Captain Intangibles is (for the first time since these numbers have been tracked) net positive (+1.8 runs over average defensively). That’s only marginally positive, but from 2005-2007, Jeter was worth negative 36.3 runs. Oh, and he happened to win two gold gloves during that time, but who’s counting, right? (more…)

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