Watch out Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky…
In Yankeeland, #’s 2, 20, 42 and 46 have been lockering together for a long time…via Joel Sherman -
Their navigation through the system is a starting point for a dynasty. In Jeter’s first full pro season, 1993 at Greensboro, he was joined by Mariano Rivera. The following season, Jeter, Rivera, Pettitte and Posada all were at Columbus together (although Posada was on the disabled list with a broken ankle when Jeter was promoted to Triple-A). For an 11-day period in May 1995, the four were all active and teammates for the Clippers.
It is possible that no minor league team has ever had that level of talent at one time, before or since. Think about this group: Jeter and Rivera are first-ballot Hall of Famers, Pettitte and, especially, Posada will generate Cooperstown support.
Not one other member of the 1995 Clippers is still active. Yet here are Jeter, Pettitte, Posada and Rivera not just active, but thriving — and still teammates. The odds of making it into the majors even from the minors are not good, the chance of doing it with a teammate lower yet. What are the odds that four teammates from one Triple-A team would still be together 15 years later and still be vital?
“I would put it like this: What are the odds that anyone in the minors for any team right now is going to have a 15-year career?” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “So [having four together], that stuff just doesn’t happen.”
But it has happened for the Yankees. Tonight Pettitte (who took a three-year hiatus in Houston) will make his 372nd start a Yankee, Posada will start as a catcher for the Yankees for the 1,363rd time, Jeter will start his 2,097th game at shortstop and Rivera will await the call to appear in his 909th Yankees game.
Rivera signed in 1990. Posada and Pettitte signed in 1991. And, Jeter signed in 1992.
Stick Michael was calling the shots as G.M. during these signings. (Michael was G.M. from 8/90 through 1995.) Bill Livesey was the Scouting Director back then as well. Mitch Lukevics was the Farm Director.
Good job by Michael, Livesey and Lukevics on these four teammates…very good job, indeed.