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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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I thought about this for a long time, but Rebecca Glass’ blog post about Posada urged me to get this up:

When you think of all the Yankees great players from the 1995-2010, some of the names that come to mind are Derek Jeter, Mariano RiveraBernie Williams, Andy Pettitte, etc. One name missing from that list would probably be Jorge Posada. He’s always been overshadowed, with the constant sluggers coming and going in the Big Apple (Giambi, Sheffield, Abreu). When you look at a team filled with superstars, sometimes people get left out of certain discussions, and it’s about time Posada is given credit for all that he’s done.

Posada is a 5X All-Star, 5X Silver Slugger and a 4X World Series champion (5X if you count ’96..where he played only 8 games). I’m not going to analyze all of his numbers, and start comparing him to each and every player, because you already know that he’s one of the greatest offensive catchers of all-time.

When Posada took over the starting catcher’s role in 1997, the fans didn’t know what they really had. Over the next thirteen years, Jorge became an offensive force in the American League. You can tell me that he can’t run, he calls a bad game behind the dish and he doesn’t have a very good arm. It almost sickens me to hear all the complaining about him. How often do you get a catcher who can both hit for power and play great defense? Not very often. Posada has one of those qualities, and he’s good at what he does.

Finding a solid catcher in the major leagues isn’t a very easy thing to do. Georgie is a switch-hitting catcher with power, which is considered a rare commodity. Watching Molina, Cervelli and Moeller hit over the last few years has been painful. It gives you a greater appreciation for what Posada has done, and how long he has done it. I’m well aware that the Yankees have great catching depth in the minors, with Montero, Romine, Sanchez and Murphy coming up through the system, but prospects don’t always pan out.

With Posada’s career winding down, you really shouldn’t take him for granted. He ranks right up there with Elston Howard and Yogi Berra in the record books, and will go down as one of the greatest to wear the pinstripes. Hopefully, one day he’ll be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. When Posada hangs up his cleats, fans will look over his career and really start to appreciate all the things he’s accomplished in his career.

Jorge’s Career Statistics: .276AVG 259HR 1013RBI .378OBP .480SLG .858OPS (more…)

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Could C.C. reach 300 wins? He’s got 149 career wins and he just turned 30 last month. I don’t think it’s out of the question. If he really wants it, a few extra years in the major leagues should do the trick. If he plays until he’s 40, he’s going to have to average about 15 wins a year for the next 10 years.   

Is Monument Park big enough? When the new Yankee Stadium was built, you heard many complaints about how you couldn’t see Monument Park from your seat in the stadium. The old stadium’s park was wide open and was visible from basically any seat in the house. The new one is more closed in. Nobody is arguing whether it’s good looking or not, but is it big enough to house all the Yankees greats?

At the moment, Yankees security guards need to count fans and send them in certain group numbers. As a person whose been to the new one several times, I can say that it gets pretty crowded in there. Sometimes it’s a struggle to even get a camera shot with all the fans walking all over the place. You have to figure that one day, Monument Park will have to be expanded. But how? There’s the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar overhead, and the bullpens/bleachers on both side of it.

Monuments: Steinbrenner, (Will Jeter get a monument? How about Rivera? They both rank at the top with the greatest players to ever put on the pinstripes)

Retired numbers: Jeter, Rivera, Posada, Pettitte, Rodriguez, Torre, Williams (You might think it’s crazy now, but Sabathia, Teixeira [both thought to be franchise players] and Cano will likely have their numbers retired when it’s all said and done).

Plaques: You have to figure that some of the players who get their number retired, will also get a plaque up on the wall.

Here are a few more photos: Photo 1 – Photo 2 – Photo 3 – Photo 4 

Joe Girardi to the Cubs? Many have debated the topic, with Cubs manager, Lou Piniella, recently stating that he will be retiring at the end of the season. Girardi grew up in the Chicago area, went to college there and was even drafted by the Cubs. As Mike Axisa discussed, this will give him leverage with the Yankees when contract negotiations are brought up. Does it make sense for Joe? He would be leaving a World Series caliber ball club, for a team that hasn’t won a World Series in 102 years and is a total disaster.

If Joe was to leave (he never dismissed the possibility)….who would replace him as manager?

  • Moms and a Dad: When Laura Posada Met Jorge
  • Laura Posada: More Than A “Baseball Wife”!
  • The Yankees wives club accepts Cameron Diaz
  • Not All Yankees Fans Want an Empire
  • More on Tim McCarver’s meltdown, and a new idea for national broadcasts
  • McCarver will not be punished for on-air comments
  • Olbermann: Joe Torre is not an un-person (more…)
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    Tomorrow, the New York Yankees will host a ceremony prior to the game to honor the 2009 World Champion ball club. The gates will open up to the fans at 11AM. (All Information Courtesy of the NY Yankees Official Website)

    The Festivities begin at 12:15PM ET

    • World Series Rings will be handed out to the players and coaches by Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra.
    • The Ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Bernie Williams. He will become the ninth ex-Yankee to throw an Opening Day first pitch.
    • Championship flags for each of the Yankees’ 27 WS titles will be on display, and it will encompass the roof of the entire Yankee Stadium.
    • Emmy & Tony Award winner Kristen Chenoweth will sing the national anthem. The colors will be represented by the West Point color guard.
    • A giant American flag will be unfurled in the outfield by the West Point Cadets
    • After the anthem, the Fighter Squadron Composite Twelve (VFC-12- a U.S. Navy Reserve fighter squadron. They are known as the “Fighting Omars,” and stand as one of the Navy’s two Reserve Hornet squadrons.), will execute a fly-over.
    • U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Mary May Messenger will perform “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch.

    Hideki Matsui will be in attendance in an Angels uniform, and will probably get a well-deserved ovation. George M. Steinbrenner III is also planning to attend. According to George King, Gene Monahan will be there as well.

    NYY vs. LAA: Pitching Matchup:

    RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 6.00) vs LHP Andy Pettitte (0-0, 1.50)

    The game will start at 1:05PM ET. It will be televised on both the YES and MLB Network.

    The Yankees ask their fans to please budget ample time when planning their trip to the Stadium and to consider using public transportation.

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    Marv Albert made his last appearance on Late Night back in 1993. On the highlight reel, the clip under “The Incredible” (3:52 mark) showed Bernie Williams getting hit in the balls during the 1993 season. We miss you Geno.

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    At the end of the 2005 season Brian Cashman almost left the Yankees as he was fed up of fractured chain of command on the baseball operations side of the Yankees. Cashman took nearly two weeks to decide whether or not to come back. In the end, Cashman wanted more authority and received it as well as a 3 year/$5.5 million contract. Since late 2005, the Yankees have finished in first (2006), in second with a Wild Card berth (2007), in third place (2008) and in first place with a 27th World Series championship (2009).

    Obviously, a lot has happened in Yankeesland since Cashman was given full autonomy from good draft picks to good free agent signings (or re-signings) to good trades and obviously, there is the converse of that. Over the next 4 posts (this one included) we will try to breakdown a portion of those transactions that either mattered or made some sort of an impact and give Cashmoney a grade for each year and overall.

    When we say year, we generally mean from late October to late October (For example October 2005-October 2006 would be a year) unless otherwise specified.

    Without further milking the cow, here’s October 2005 to October 2006 and our analysis of the first year of Cashman’s autonomy.

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    I was at the Friday taping of The Late Show with David Letterman last night. (yeah, he doesn’t tape his show on Friday’s so he does two shows in one day) I wound up seeing Nicole Richie and Tom Papa instead of Tracy Morgan, Jamie McMurray and Fanfarlo.

    It was still a great experience, as I’ve never been inside the Ed Sullivan Theater before. In his opening monolouge Dave released a few Yankee jokes. (since it was a Friday taping..he was already talking about Spring Training) Talking about how Alex has already gotten his off-season work out with Cameron Diaz, and was wondering why they let go of Matsui. He was like…he was the World Series MVP…doesn’t that answer the big question: What have you done for me lately?

    Anyway, I dug up this old clip from 1998. Some funny stuff.

    1998 – Biff at The World Series

    “I’d like to give you a congratulatory pat on the ass” ~Biff

    If you haven’t seen this yet, here is Biff reporting from Yankee Stadium after the Yankees won their 27th World Series in 2009.

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    In the Yankees’ long line of history, they have retired in total 16 numbers for 17 players (Including Jackie Robinson) which is far above any other team in Major League Baseball history and over the course of the next 5 years will be adding more numbers to the list. Below is the list of current retired numbers with the appropriately named player for those numbers.

    1 – Billy Martin
    3 – Babe Ruth
    4 – Lou Gehrig
    5 – Joe DiMaggio
    7 – Mickey Mantle
    8 – Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra
    9 – Roger Maris
    10 – Phil Rizzuto
    15 – Thurman Munson
    16 – Whitey Ford
    23 – Don Mattingly
    32 – Elston Howard
    37 – Casey Stengel
    44 – Reggie Jackson
    42 – Jackie Robinson
    49 – Ron Guidry

    Now, in the next decade, give or take, the Yankees will be adding more numbers to the already historic list. Personally, I believe the Yankees will retire all the below listed numbers.

    2 – Derek Jeter
    6 – Joe Torre
    20 – Jorge Posada
    21 – Paul O’Neill
    42 – Mariano Rivera
    46 – Andy Pettitte
    51 – Bernie Williams

    When do I think all these numbers will be retired? Hard to tell. Derek and Mo’s numbers are a given to happen within the first year or two of retirement. However, I don’t think Torre’s number will be retired with Brian Cashman working in the organization considering their falling out, but crazier things have happened. There is something that tells me Bernie and Posada’s numbers might take a little bit longer, but will eventually join Mariano and Derek’s numbers in time. Another issue that will come up is whether or not Pettitte’s number should be retired due to his admitted use of HGH. Now, I believe what he has told us, so I don’t think he should be penalized for what he has done. I mean, the Yankees have brought him back the last two years, so obviously they don’t think it’s an issue.

    So there is the potential for 23 numbers for 25 players to be retired in the next decade, give or take, which is kind of crazy, but after this group gets their just due, it won’t be for a while that another number gets retired.

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    Steve Serby of the NY Post did a Q&A with Scott Boras, and this is what he had to say:

    Q: Negotiating with George Steinbrenner?

    A: One of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve ever dealt with . . . a true American . . . a great sportsman. Someone who’s very direct, but when information is brought to him, certainly he listened and responded. I really miss working with George, although Hal has demonstrated he has the abilities to carry on the Steinbrenner legacy.

    Q: The end of the seemingly endless Bernie Williams negotiations (when Bernie nearly left for the Red Sox)?

    A: (George) turned to me and said, “OK partner, we have to make sure this guy does well for the next seven years!”

    Q: Your response?

    A: “George, we’re gonna look back on this and say Bernie Williams was responsible for at least three World Championships during his career with the Yankees.” He got four. We all felt very good about the outcome of it.

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    Stop, think back 5 years, where were you, what were you doing? I’m pretty sure if you’re over the age of 25, you’ll probably remember. Now think about your favorite baseball team, can you tell me how many people that will be in the starting lineup this year that was in 2005? I bet you can’t! It just a testament on how much this is a business and we root for a uniform more than a group of people. Yes, we have personal favorites (Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez, etc al), but when it comes down to it, it’s the uniform that matters. Below, I have listed the 2005 Opening Day batting order, our projected 2010 batting order and we take a stab at the 2015 batting order. Those bolded are holdovers from previous years.

    2005 Opening Day Batting Order

    1. Derek Jeter, SS
    2. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
    3. Gary Sheffield, RF
    4. Ruben Sierra, DH
    5. Hideki Matsui, LF
    6. Jorge Posada, C
    7. Jason Giambi, 1B
    8. Bernie Williams, CF
    9. Tony Womack, 2B

    2010 Opening Day Batting Order (likely)

    1. Derek Jeter, SS
    2. Nick Johnson, DH
    3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
    4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
    5. Curtis Granderson, CF
    6. Jorge Posada, C
    7. Nick Swisher, RF
    8. Robinson Cano, 2B
    9. Brett Gardner, LF

    2015 Opening Day Batting Order (Projected)

    1. Carl Crawford, OF
    2. Curtis Granderson, OF
    3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
    4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
    5. Jesus Montero, DH
    6. Robinson Cano, 2B
    7. Slade Heathcott, OF
    8. Austin Romine, C
    9. ???, SS

    Amazing how things change or will change…

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