The applause for Jeter is still ringing as longevity rings true to the clappers. The question this Neanderthal baseball aficionados may be asking is where does he fit into the hierarchy of Yankees.
While I was known to sport 8 column accounting paper and index cards to compile (hence the tag of Neanderthal) I am doing this from gut, memory and historical data free floating through my brain and a sneak or two into Sam’s library.
1-Ruth-Rank # 1 RF All Time HOF James rank #1
2-Gehrig Rank # 1 1st Base All Time HOF James rank #1
3-DiMaggio # 3 CF All Time HOF James rank #5 ( placed in front of Mantle due to fact that Mantle was not best CF of his era nor the best of his home city and was often number #3 his city and undue influence of many old time fans who always said blah blah about Jolt ‘n Joe and fact that career was interrupted by WWII
4-Berra Rank top 2 catchers All Time HOF James rank #1 His job was to move runners along not stare at close pitchers like his Boston rival who cared more for his averages.
5-Mantle # 5 CF HOF James rank #3 Loved when the Mick would limp up to plate after a night out at the Copa and hit a 500 foot HR just to make sure then game was ended and he could get a drink asap. But after Doc Gooden the greatest waste of talent I have ever seen and ranked behind Berra as the best player on Yankees many years. The Yankee fans have a proclivity to allow players to waste their talents because they were surrounded by other talent. Example, Gooden and Strawberry were bums later in their careers with the cross-town team but beloved by Yankee fans. Yup, if you beat your wife, had children scattered around the country, drink too much, took drugs and were a Yankee it was all Ok. Of course if you acted like a thug in the Bronx and were not a Yankee then lock um up and throw away the key.
5-Riveria Rank # 1 CL All Time F-HOF The best of his era and no MVP award.
6-Ford Rank, I would rank among the best pitchers in the clutch, HOF James ranked 22 (Sam do not edit out my words) and if you saw Whitey win the opening game of series after series year after year you would get it. The bottom line is the great Yankee dynasty of the Stengel years was dominated by two over-riding facts, the Yankees had a “major” league farm team in KC after 1955 and the Yankees had great pitching. So to achieve the winning they did they needed pitching and Whitey was Chairman of the Board. He continued his importance during the next Yankee dynasty, the Houk years
7-Jeter Rank Top ???? SS All Time
8-Gomez, Ruffing, Pennock, Reynolds the Yankees of all winning era’s need a stopper to maintain the level of winning they achieved.
9-Gossage one of great RP of All Time, James rank #37 . One of best of the genre of RP, fun to watch, when baseball was more a blood sport instead of a constant bonding experience between players. HOF
10- Dickey, Must have been great, and he was a catcher. HOF James ranked 7
11- Lazzeri, Williams, ect.
No Mattingly, No Rodriguez. To be on the Yankees and considered an all time great you had to have won the World Series. This is not the Cubs and we do not have to worry about Ernie Banks.