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With the first game being thisclose, I thought it might be fun to look back and see who has played the most Opening Day (first game of the season, not first home game)¬†games per position — Relief pitchers need not apply. The available information only goes back until 1952, unfortunately. Next to each name below is the exact number of opening day games started for the Yankees.

Starting Pitcher: Whitey Ford/Ron Guidry/Mel Stottlemyre (7)

Catcher: Jorge Posada (10)

First Base: Don Mattingly (10)

Second Base: Willie Randolph (10)

Shortstop: Derek Jeter (13)

Third Base: Graig Nettles (11)

Left Field: Roy White (9)

Center Field: Mickey Mantle (13)

Right Field: Paul O’Neill/Hank Bauer (7)

Designated Hitter: Don Baylor/Ruben Sierra (3)

You can view each lineup since 1952 here.

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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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