• They’re Almost All Gone

    Posted by on December 15th, 2005 · Comments (6)

    I was just thinking about the 1998-2001 Yankees – the team that made it to the World Series four years in a row, winning 3 rings, and coming within 3 outs of winning four World Championships in a row. To my knowledge, there are just 13 men who played on all four of those Yankees teams. Here’s the list and where they are now:

    El Duque Hernandez – now pitching in Arizona
    Scott Brosius – retired
    Derek Jeter – still going strong in New York
    Chuck Knoblauch – retired
    Ramiro Mendoza – getting close to being retired
    Paul O’Neill – retired
    Andy Pettitte – now starring in Houston
    Jorge Posada – still in New York through 2007
    Mariano Rivera – still going strong in New York
    Luis Sojo – retired
    Shane Spencer – for all I know, he’s retired
    Mike Stanton – should be retired
    Bernie Williams – should be retired

    When you look at how many from those teams are retired, near retirement, or should be retired, it helps you realize just how long it’s been since we saw the last great Yankees team.

    Comments on They’re Almost All Gone

    1. December 15th, 2005 | 11:53 am

      Looking at that list, it almost screams out what you need to win:

      Great table setters, a good/solid LHP in the pen and the rotation, a back-up INF with good hands, a 4th OF who can hit, an effective guy in the pen who can start or relieve (in any inning), a great closer, a catcher who is not an auto-out, and two guys in the middle of your line-up who make contact as well as drive the ball.

      Do the 2006 Yankees have all these?

    2. December 15th, 2005 | 11:54 am

      Meant to add to the list: “A starting pitcher who wants the ball in the post-season and will not choke.”

    3. Raf
      December 15th, 2005 | 12:28 pm

      Looking at that list, it almost screams out what you need to win:

      All you need to do to win is make the playoffs. Throughout the history of the WS, and the playoffs, you’ll find teams that have won with pitching and defense, teams that hit their way to the title, teams that have won in spite of themselves.

      There’s no “one way” to win a championship; you just need to get hot at the right time

    4. hopbitters
      December 15th, 2005 | 12:32 pm

      Shane, come back Shane…he went to the Hanshin Tigers.

    5. Jason O.
      December 15th, 2005 | 3:39 pm

      2003 would have been a great team but for Jeff Weaver’s WS pitching performance.

    6. December 15th, 2005 | 4:20 pm

      Boone and Wells killed them too.

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