• Greatest Yankees Position Players Of The Late 70’s

    Posted by on December 14th, 2015 · Comments (8)
    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H HR RBI BA OBP SLG
    1 Graig Nettles 26.4 1975 1979 30-34 777 3218 410 747 137 457 .261 .330 .454
    2 Thurman Munson 22.3 1975 1979 28-32 709 3050 362 852 56 417 .304 .346 .417
    3 Willie Randolph 20.7 1976 1979 21-24 559 2401 335 560 13 183 .273 .365 .362
    4 Mickey Rivers 15.0 1976 1979 27-30 490 2117 289 598 34 209 .299 .324 .422
    5 Chris Chambliss 14.6 1975 1979 26-30 774 3208 377 857 73 411 .287 .328 .428
    6 Roy White 12.7 1975 1979 31-35 631 2601 325 616 51 246 .274 .356 .400
    7 Reggie Jackson 11.4 1977 1979 31-33 416 1724 253 428 88 296 .285 .371 .524
    8 Bucky Dent 7.8 1977 1979 25-27 422 1445 141 309 15 121 .240 .292 .319
    9 Bobby Bonds 5.0 1975 1975 29-29 145 626 93 143 32 85 .270 .375 .512
    10 Oscar Gamble 4.7 1976 1979 26-29 146 510 64 123 28 89 .272 .350 .503
    11 Lou Piniella 4.5 1975 1979 31-35 537 1945 206 528 32 243 .294 .333 .419
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    Generated 12/14/2015.

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    Yankees should have a day this year where they bring back Puff, Willow, Mick, Chambliss, Roy, Reggie, Bucky, Oscar and Lou.

    A lot of these guys are in their mid 60’s or early 70’s.   And, they will not be around forever.  It was the late 70’s team that put the franchise back on the map.

    Comments on Greatest Yankees Position Players Of The Late 70’s

    1. redbug
      December 14th, 2015 | 7:11 pm

      Agreed. But, could we leave Reggie home?

    2. December 15th, 2015 | 1:13 am

      Good idea. I’d like to see the idea expanded upon to include pitchers, Sparky Lyle was such an important part of that 77 team, he should be honored as well. I think there have been issues between the family and both Lyle and Nettles,
      this would be a nice way to bury the hatchet. Roy White who was the only player to make the journey all the way through the “lean years” to the back to back championships has never received his proper due, it’s about time.

    3. December 15th, 2015 | 10:05 am

      redbug wrote:

      Agreed. But, could we leave Reggie home?

      LOL. He’s on the payroll, might as well make him earn some of it with a public appearance. 🙂

    4. December 15th, 2015 | 10:08 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Good idea. I’d like to see the idea expanded upon to include pitchers, Sparky Lyle was such an important part of that 77 team, he should be honored as well. I think there have been issues between the family and both Lyle and Nettles,this would be a nice way to bury the hatchet. Roy White who was the only player to make the journey all the way through the “lean years” to the back to back championships has never received his proper due, it’s about time.

      Without question, Gator and Sparky should be there. If he were alive, I would say Catfish too. I would go even further to say bring in Figgy, Goose, Tommy John and Dirt Tidrow too.

    5. Evan3457
      December 16th, 2015 | 2:44 am

      I wholeheartedly agree. The Bronx Zoo guys were a great team to watch and root for.

    6. KPOcala
      December 17th, 2015 | 3:17 am

      I find it really bizarre how few third basemen have made the HOF. IMHO, Nettles’ glove, long career with good to very good OPS+ numbers merited more consideration from the HOF voters. http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nettlgr01.shtml

      I’ll also note that the SABR Master, Bill James makes a case for Willie Randolph as well (along with Nettles, Dwight Evans, Bobby Grich, Roy White and other ‘Greats’ who weren’t appreciated by the Hall.

      Steve, great idea, but what if Cashman showed up? 😉 Or THOUGHT up the idea? LOL!

    7. #15
      December 17th, 2015 | 12:38 pm

      Maybe it will happen in 2017.Roy was definitely underappreciated. Steady as the tides. Low maintenance. ~20 steals a year and a low strike out rate. Very well rounded ballplayer except for his arm. Always out there. Not his fault the team stunk until the mid-70’s. Served the club as a coach and off the field as well. Not sure how they never managed to have a Roy White day. He and Mel Stott carried some awful squads and did it without complaint.

      Gator, Sparky and Goose need to be at the party too.

      Hopefully Reggie sends regrets.

    8. December 17th, 2015 | 1:32 pm

      Some of the guys made the holiday card this year

      http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/nyy/fan_forum/holiday_card.jsp

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