All-Franchise New York Yankees

Last summer, I came up with an “All-Franchise” Team for every team in Major League Baseball.  It was extremely fun and I learned about so many great players in the process.  I am not a professional statistician or a sabermetrics expert, but I just love baseball and thought it might be a cool thing to do.  My hope is you will find this interesting and if you are a fan of the team it will be fun to walk down memory lane and remember all these great players.

The “rules” I used to devise these teams were as follows (with brief discussion in parenthesis):

  1. To be eligible for the All-Franchise Team, a player must have played at least half of his career for the franchise.  (This became difficult or impossible with certain positions [especially relief pitchers] and the “younger” franchises in the majors such as the Rays and the Rockies.  If no player at a position had played at least half of their career with a franchise, I tried to choose the player who spent the most time and made the most impact on the team while they were there.)
  2. I tried to choose the player at each position with the best overall numbers or most significant impact over their career with that franchise. (This proved to be very tricky for many teams, especially for outfielders.  If you think I excluded someone who should be on the team, please say so in the comments section!)
  3. I tried to choose a player’s “defining” season as their contribution to the team.  (It is hard to define a “best” season, but I think I chose seasons that define the careers of these players.  I tried to exclude outlier seasons.  For example, if a player hit 55 home runs one season, but never bested 40 in any other season, I did not choose the 55 homer season.)
  4. Each team includes 8 position players, 5 starting pitchers, 2 “general” relief pitchers, and 1 closer.  (I did not do a DH for American League teams because most teams did not have a player who was mostly a DH throughout their career.  However, I did include career DH’s at the position they played second most throughout their career if they were significant enough to the franchise.)
  5. Try not to let my hatred of the Red Sox and Blue Jays effect the teams.  (But,  I will say, I really don’t hate the Red Sox that much anymore.  There’s just not that much to hate about Mookie Betts and co.  But, I of course hate David Price [which is probably true of most Red Sox fans, also] and I am getting awfully tired of watching Benintendi hit homer after homer against the Yankees)

The team I started with was the New York Yankees, because what other team would you start with?  As a life-long Yankees fan, the position players on this team basically chose themselves (aside from 2nd and 3rd base).  The tricky part of this team was deciding on starting pitchers as the Yankees have 17 pitchers who started over 200 games for the Yanks.  Without further ado, my All-Franchise New York Yankees:

Catcher

Yogi Berra (1954) .307/.367/.488 with 22 HR, 125 RBI, and 88 Runs

First Baseman

Lou Gehrig (1927) .373/.474/.765 with 47 HR, 173 RBI’s, 52 2B, 149 Runs, and 10 SB

Second Baseman

Tony Lazzeri (1927) .309/.383/.482 with 18 HR, 102 RBI, 92 Runs, and 22 SB

Third Baseman

Red Rolfe (1939) .329/.404/.495 with 14 HR, 80 RBI, 46 2B, and 139 Runs

Shortstop

Derek Jeter (1999) .343/.438/.552 with 24 HR, 102 RBI, 37 2B, 134 Runs, and 19 SB

Left Fielder

Joe DiMaggio (1941) .357/.440/.643 with 30 HR, 125 RBI, 43 2B, 11 3B, and 122 Runs

Center Fielder

Micky Mantle (1956) .353/.464/.705 with 52 HR, 130 RBI, 132 Runs, and 10 SB

Right Fielder

Babe Ruth (1921) .378/.512/.846 with 59 HR, 168 RBI, 44 2B, 16 3B, 177 Runs, and 17 SB

Starting Pitchers

Ron Guidry (1979) 18-8 with a 2.78 ERA, 201 SO, 1.16 WHIP, and 3.03 FIP

Lefty Gomez (1934) 26-5 with a 2.33 ERA, 158 SO, 1.13 WHIP, and 3.57 FIP

Whitey Ford (1963) 24-7 with a 2.74 ERA, 189 SO, 1.10 WHIP, and 2.98 FIP

Mel Stottlemyre (1965) 20-9 with a 2.63 ERA, 155 SO, 1.16 WHIP, and 3.24 FIP

Andy Pettitte (1997) 18-7 with a 2.88 ERA, 166 SO, 1.24 WHIP, and 2.96 FIP

Relief Pitchers

Dellin Betances (2014) 5-0 with a 1.40 ERA, 135 SO, 0.78 WHIP, and 1.64 FIP

Steve Hamilton (1966) 8-3 with a 3.00 ERA, 57 SO, 1.01 WHIP, and 3.28 FIP

Closer

Mariano Rivera (2004) 53 Saves with a 1.94 ERA, 66 SO, 1.08 WHIP, and 2.82 FIP

 

There you have it!  What do you think?  Agree?  Disagree?  Someone I left out?  Let me know in the comment section!

I will post more teams as I have time, but for now, GO BASEBALL!

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