I thought this might be a fun topic for an off-day…coming off Old-Timers Day weekend. What follows are my favorite Yankees at each position. Stress the “my” part here. Note that this is not a “best” or “greatest” list. It’s just those Yankees who I found it easy to root for – and enjoyed having them on the team. And, since I’ve been a Yankees fan since 1973, the clock starts on this list from that point forward.
Catchers: Thurman Munson, Jorge Posada, Ron Hassey. (Honorable Mention: Mike Stanley, Rick Cerone)
First Baseman: Don Mattingly, Tino Martinez, Chris Chambliss. (Honorable Mention: Mark Teixeira, Steve Balboni)
Second Baseman: Willie Randolph, Robinson Cano, Steve Sax. (Honorable Mention: Mike Gallego, Larry Milbourne)
Shortstops: Derek Jeter, Bucky Dent, Andre Robertson. (Honorable Mention: Randy Velarde, Wayne Tolleson)
Third Baseman: Graig Nettles, Scott Brosius, Mike Pagliarulo. (Honorable Mention: Toby Harrah, Aurelio Rodriguez)
Left Fielders: Hideki Matsui, Rickey Henderson, Roy White. (Honorable Mention: Brett Gardner, Johnny Damon)
Center Fielders: Bernie Williams, Mickey Rivers, Melky Cabrera. (Honorable Mention: Jerry Mumphrey, Claudell Washington)
Right Fielders: Paul O’Neill, Lou Piniella, Bobby Murcer. (Honorable Mention: Oscar Gamble, Steve Kemp)
Designated Hitter: Cliff Johnson, Carlos May, Tim Raines. (Honorable Mention: Chili Davis, Mike Easler)
Starting Pitchers: Andy Pettitte, Ron Guidry, Orlando Hernandez. (Honorable Mention: Jimmy Key, Rudy May)
Relief Pitchers: Mariano Rivera, Sparky Lyle, Dave Righetti. (Honorable Mention: Goose Gossage, Dick Tidrow)
Yeah, I know…where’s A-Rod, Winfield, Mussina, Reggie and some others…?
Sorry, either I found them hard to root for, at times, or there were others that I just liked rooting for more than them. How about you? Who is on your list?