It's pretty easy to say that Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron will soon be topping the highest grossing movies of the year, considering Marvel's movies are almost always successful. To celebrate, let's figure out which Yankees would be each member of the Avengers.
Captain America: Alex Rodriguez
At this time last year, the easy answer is Derek Jeter. However, for the first time in 12 years, the Yankees are playing without a set captain, and some people think that Jeter should be the last to hold the title. For anyone on the current Yankees, though, A-Rod fits Captain America's bill perfectly. This season, A-Rod has been counted upon in many situations, even coming through while pinch-hitting. On this current Yankees team, A-Rod seems to be the leader, even if it's his first full season since 2013. This also seems to coincide with Captain America, as both he and Rodriguez were dormant for a while: Captain America being frozen in ice, while A-Rod was suspended.
Iron Man: Chase Headley
This one was probably the toughest for me to choose. Iron Man is a smart man, who is tough, obviously because he's made of iron. Headley has played 125+ games in six of the seven seasons since 2009. Not only that, but Headley went to two colleges: the University of Tennessee and the University of the Pacific. Going off of this, Headley is the best fit for Iron Man, in my opinion.
Hulk: Brett Gardner
Come on, we all saw this one coming. Gardner is a tiny guy, but when he's angry, or motivated, he can show off his power. In eight career seasons, Gardner has hit 41 home runs, 17 of those coming in 2014. Alongside this, his slugging percentage is a career .391, not bad for a guy his size. Plus, Gardner's socks barely contain his massive calves, just like Hulk and his pants.
Thor: Mark Teixeira
Ah, Mark, with your hammer of a bat. Brian McCann was a close second for this, but Teixeira's power is unparalleled. With 371 career home runs and a career slugging percentage of .517, Tex sure swings his bat like the mighty hammer. While the short porch does help with Tex's power, Thor wouldn't be anywhere without his lightning, so they each have a little help.
Black Widow: Jacoby Ellsbury
In the first Avengers, Black Widow said she had red on the ledger, and she was working for S.H.I.E.L.D. to try and clear it off. Not to mention, she's quick, flexible, and reliable. Ellsbury spent seven years with Boston, killing the Yankees. Now, he's trying to make things best for his new team and try to put a hurting on his old one. In the outfield, Ellsbury is known for his spectacular fielding, and when at the plate, he can be relied upon. The 31-year-old is the best fit for Black Widow, in my eyes.
Hawkeye: Dellin Betances
In the movies, Hawkeye is extremely accurate with his arrows, and can sometimes hit his targets perfectly without even looking. Some pitchers come to mind when it comes to accuracy, including Betances, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, and Andrew Miller, but over the past two seasons, Betances has really been shining with his stuff and he's hitting his targets. Since the beginning of 2014, Betances's BB/9 is 2.8 with only four wild pitches, while his K/9 is way up at 13.8. This year, he's got a 0.00 ERA and 25 strikeouts (!) in just 14 2/3 innings. Even though many Yankees pitchers are known for being pin-point, Betances has been stellar, and he's really shining in his setup role.
I'm aware some Avengers were left out, such as Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, and Nick Fury, but these are the key Avengers, and some of the key Yankees. Fans, who are your superheroes?