Saturday, June 4, 2011

New York Yankees

1B  Lou Gehrig – The Iron Horse hit 40+ HRs five times and finished with a .340 career BA; tallied more than 100 RBI and 100 runs scored in THIRTEEN consecutive seasons.
2B  Robinson Cano – Batting over .300 and slugging over .500 for his career; won a Gold Glove in 2010; edges out Lazzeri.
SS  Derek Jeter – All-time Yankee hit leader; stole 30+ bases four times and hit 20+ HRs three times.
3B  Graig Nettles – Gold Glove defender with four straight 90+ RBI seasons; led the league in HRs in 1976.
OF  Babe Ruth – Twelve HR titles, .342 lifetime BA, 2,211 RBI; the Bambino is still the best ever to play the game.
OF  Joe DiMaggio – .325 lifetime BA, 361 HRs, and a 56-game hit streak; missed three seasons during WWII.
OF  Mickey Mantle – Four HR titles; won the AL triple crown in ’56; played in 12 World Series.
C  Yogi Berra – A key part of the Yankee juggernaut that dominated baseball from the late 40s through the early ’60s.
DH  Hideki Matsui – Drove in at least 90 runs in five of his seven seasons with the Yankees.
Bench  Don Mattingly – Lifetime .307 hitter; one of the few Yankee greats to not win a World Series.
Pitcher  Whitey Ford – Ace of the NY staff during the ’50s and ’60s; led AL in wins three times and ERA twice; .690 lifetime winning pct.
Pitcher  Red Ruffing – Posted four straight 20-win seasons (1936-39); won 15+ games six other times; could handle the bat too; Lefty Gomez is another strong choice for this spot.
Pitcher  Ron Guidry – Lifetime .651 winning pct.; dominated the AL with a 25-3 mark in 1978; led the league in ERA again the following season.
Closer  Mariano Rivera – Best closer in baseball history? Hard to argue against Mo, especially when you consider his postseason numbers.

It’s no surprise that this team is loaded with firepower. If a pitcher dies and goes to hell, this is the lineup he has to face.

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