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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 happening 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.

June 15 – Happy Birthday Andy Pettitte

When this big lefthander admitted he’d taken a human growth hormone and then went 14-14 during his second season back with the Yankees in 2008, I thought we’d seen the last of Andy Pettitte. But instead, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana native persevered and his 14-8 regular-season performance in 2009 and his absolutely amazing 4-0 run in that year’s postseason cemented his place as one of the great starters in Yankee team history. He then got off to a great start in 2010 and became just the third Yankee pitcher ever to win 200 games for the franchise. He was already 11-2 when he took the mound on July 18, 2010 against Tampa Bay. In the third inning, Pettitte pulled a groin muscle while pitching to the Ray’s catcher, Kelly Shoppach. He did not pitch another game until September 19th and finished what would become his final season in pinstripes with an 11-3 record. Yankee fans were praying Andy would come back in 2011, especially after New York did not sign Cliff Lee but Pettitte announced instead that he was retiring. Personally, I think he should get into Cooperstown some day but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

This former Yankee teammate of Pettitte did make it into Cooperstown and shares Andy’s June 15th birthday. This Yankee utility infielder and this former Yankee first baseman do too.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1995 NYY 12 9 .571 4.17 31 26 1 3 0 0 175.0 183 86 81 15 63 114 1.406
1996 NYY 21 8 .724 3.87 35 34 1 2 0 0 221.0 229 105 95 23 72 162 1.362
1997 NYY 18 7 .720 2.88 35 35 0 4 1 0 240.1 233 86 77 7 65 166 1.240
1998 NYY 16 11 .593 4.24 33 32 0 5 0 0 216.1 226 110 102 20 87 146 1.447
1999 NYY 14 11 .560 4.70 31 31 0 0 0 0 191.2 216 105 100 20 89 121 1.591
2000 NYY 19 9 .679 4.35 32 32 0 3 1 0 204.2 219 111 99 17 80 125 1.461
2001 NYY 15 10 .600 3.99 31 31 0 2 0 0 200.2 224 103 89 14 41 164 1.321
2002 NYY 13 5 .722 3.27 22 22 0 3 1 0 134.2 144 58 49 6 32 97 1.307
2003 NYY 21 8 .724 4.02 33 33 0 1 0 0 208.1 227 109 93 21 50 180 1.330
2007 NYY 15 9 .625 4.05 36 34 0 0 0 0 215.1 238 106 97 16 69 141 1.426
2008 NYY 14 14 .500 4.54 33 33 0 0 0 0 204.0 233 112 103 19 55 158 1.412
2009 NYY 14 8 .636 4.16 32 32 0 0 0 0 194.2 193 101 90 20 76 148 1.382
2010 NYY 11 3 .786 3.28 21 21 0 0 0 0 129.0 123 52 47 13 41 101 1.271
2012 NYY 5 4 .556 2.87 12 12 0 0 0 0 75.1 65 26 24 8 21 69 1.142
2013 NYY 5 4 .556 3.95 11 11 0 0 0 0 68.1 70 32 30 6 19 52 1.302
18 Yrs 250 146 .631 3.86 512 502 3 25 4 0 3199.0 3320 1519 1371 277 1002 2372 1.351
NYY (15 yrs) 213 120 .640 3.95 428 419 2 23 3 0 2679.1 2823 1302 1176 225 860 1944 1.375
HOU (3 yrs) 37 26 .587 3.38 84 83 1 2 1 0 519.2 497 217 195 52 142 428 1.230
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/15/2013.