Aaron Moore, over at the YES Network site, has a feature posted entitled “Bernie deserving of a Hall plaque.” (By the way, why doesn’t YES ask me for some content?)
I covered that topic back in May 2005, so, I won’t repeat myself now.
But, the timing of this is good – because it reminded me of something that I was thinking about the other morning.
When Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, and Phil Rizzuto are no longer with us – and assuming that Derek Jeter and Mo Rivera are still playing – who will be the “greatest living ex-Yankee?”
When Rivera retires – and here I assume that he will retire before Jeter – it will be Mariano.
But, what about before-it’s-Mo?
I always thought it would be Don Mattingly. But, looking at Bernie’s rankings on the all-time Yankees lists, he’s had a better career than Donnie Baseball.
So, who gets to be the last player announced at Old Timer’s Day in 2009 – if Yogi, Whitey and Phil are gone? Is it Bernie or Donnie?