There has been alot of debate this season on where to put Jeter and Rivera in the list of Greatest Yankees. I say the only way to do it is a comparison by position. The Yankees have Hall of Famers or Future Hall of Famers at every position. No other team in MLB can say that. So the only way to compare is by position.
Starting 8 Positional Players
Catcher - Bill Dickey (sorry Yogi, Bill was slightly better)
1st Base - Lou Gehrig
2nd Base - Tony Lazzeri
Short Stop - Derek Jeter (loved you Phil, but Jeter has surpassed you)
3rd Base - Red Rolfe (No STEROIDS on this list)
Outfield - Babe Ruth
Outfield - Joe DiMaggio
Outfield - Mickey Mantle
I have followed the Yankees since 1973, when NY loved the Mets, I was a Bobby Murcer Fan. When he was traded for Bobby Bonds I was devestated. I loved to read about the Yankees and their deep, rich history. My favorite Yankee book of all time is the Bronx Zoo, by Sparky Lyle. At 45 years old now the Yankees are still a passion for me.
Jeter and Rivera are on the list of greatest Yankees of All Time. But there are Yankee Hall of Famers that wouldn't even crack the starting lineup either. Also the player must have played for the Yankees more than anyother team.
A-Roid and Pettite will not be eligible. As much as I loved Andy, as far as I am concerned any player caught using steroids should have been banned and all records and all awards should be taken away. To me it is black and white. Aaron is the Home Run King, Maris still owns the record of 61 Home Runs in 1 season. Clemens Cy Youngs would be taken away. They would be treated like Shoeless Joe Jackson abnned from the Hall Of Fame. I never would have traded for A-Roid, never mind resigning him after he opted out.
Well that is my 1st list of Greatest Yankees. Part 2 Will be a 8 man pitching staff. 6 Starters, 1 Right Handed Set Up Man, 1 Left Handed Set Up Man, 1 Closer.
Let the debate begin.The real debate should come with the pitching staff and bench to round out a 25 man roster.