December 30 – The Top Five Yankees During the Past Five Years

December 30th is one of the few days of the year on which no Yankee,
past or present was born. So last year on this date, I presented this
“Top Ten Yankees of the Decade” post. This year, I thought I’d condense
that a bit and discuss who the five players are who’ve contributed the
most to Yankee baseball over the past five years.

1. Derek Jeter - this list has to start with “The Captain.” Despite
his first-ever mediocre year in 2010 and the needless and very
derogatory comments made about him by the Yankee front office during
his just-completed contract negotiation, Jeter remains the classiest
act in all of baseball and is still the straw that stirs this Yankee
team. I’m predicting he will be back better than ever in 2011.

2. Robinson Cano – His awesome 2010 regular season performance and
the fact that he finally put together some offense in a postseason has
convinced me that this guy has the entire package necessary to be
baseball’s best second baseman for at least the next five years.

3. Mariano Rivera – The only reason he is not number two on my list
is the inability of the rest of New York’s pitching staff to get him
any save situations in this year’s ALCS against Texas. The best closer
ever.

4. Alex Rodriguez – Has become the all-time greatest third baseman
in Yankee franchise history but his recent injuries and longer term
power outages may be evidence of the magic of performance enhancing
pharmaceuticals unhappening right before our eyes.

5. You decide who belongs in this slot and let the rest of our
readers know by posting your answer in the “comments” section below.
Candidates include Pettitte, SabathiaMatsuiTeixeira, Damon, Posada,
etc.

4 Comments

Wow. That’s a tough call. But I’ll go with Pettitte, because he’s meant so much to the Yankees over the long haul, not just in the past year or so. Talk about a big-game, post-season pitcher!

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Matsui. When we needed a clutch hit, Godzilla always seemed to come through. See Game 6 of the ’09 WS! CC and Tex have been great, but have only played in two of the last five seasons.

Jane,
I’m a huge fan of Andy and can’t disagree with him being in the five spot on this list… but… I really do miss Matsui. As Brett points out, he was always a “big hit” guy and he seemed to consistently thrive against the other team’s best pitchers regardless if they were right-handers or southpaws.

This is why I asked readers to select the fifth best Yankee of the last five years because I can’t decide who deserves it more.

Seems like there are many catagories that more than one individual could fill, does not specifically address the individual but group of “no names” could fill the fifth slot, without them level of yankee success would be questionable, middle relief/set up guys like Scott Proctor, catchers that have filled in for Posado over the years Cerveli calls a geat game, throws out runners and has an idea on how to block the plate. The energy and team work adds so much to the chemistry, and how about the enforcer Shelly Duncan. Matsui is great but also in my top five ugliest Yankees, I would say he was neck and neck with NoNeckWilliams but No Neck had No Neck. Anyways may we all have a blessed New Year, the Boys Of Summer will be in Florida before we know it. Phil in Vero Beach Florida.

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