Thanks to the readers of WasWatching.com and Lee Sinins, I was able to put together a list of players who joined the Yankees after having a successful playing resume elsewhere. Here’s the list (of 67 players):
The next thing I wanted to know, off this list, was “How many of these stars joined the Yankees younger than or equal to age 36 – and went on to play with the Yankees for at least 3 seasons?” Here’s the answer:
So, to date, there have been 26 stars in their prime (meaning before reaching their 37th birthday) to join the Yankees – who went on to stay in New York for at least 3 seasons. The next question that came to mind here was “How many of these 26 never won a World Series ring as a member of the Yankees?” Here’s the answer to that:
The above 15 are guys who brought their “star” to New York, stayed a good while, and either left or are still there without a ring.
Now, let us assume that Alex Rodriguez plays with the Yankees in 2007 – because he should, at this junction. Should A-Rod leave New York after this season, and the Yankees don’t win a ring in 2007, Alex Rodriguez would then become only the 4th “star” to join the Yankees under the age of 30 who would play with the team for at least 4 seasons, and never win a World Series ring while in New York – joining Rickey Henderson, Danny Tartabull and Dave Winfield.
Now, Rickey and Winnie are Cooperstown material – as is A-Rod. That’s fine company. However, in terms of a “Yankees-legacy,” I’m not sure being in the Rickey-Tartabull-Winfield class is what Alex had in mind when he joined New York.
Of course, winning a ring with the Yankees would make this all moot for A-Rod.