Now is the Best Time to Trade C. C. Sabathia

The New York Yankees are quite famous for spending prodigious amounts of money to sign free agent superstars. Their signing of C. C. Sabathia in 2008 was just such a move. The big left-hander signed a seven-year contract that pays well over 20 million per year. He has generally performed quite will in his stint with the Yankees, but right now might be a good time to trade him.

The Yankees have experienced many injuries to key players this year. Most of these players have been all-star caliber. They are currently mired in third place behind the Boston Red Sox Read the rest of this entry »

The Five Yankees with the Most Championship Rings

Ask anyone under 50 which New York Yankee has the most championship rings, and the first name to come to mind will probably be Derek Jeter. That answer holds true if we restrict the period to Derek’s major league career, or since 1995. Derek has five rings.

Most fans, however, are shocked to learn that the most celebrated shortstop of the current era doesn’t crack the lineup of the five players who’ve won the most rings as a Yankee.

With a ring for every finger, Yogi Berra owns double Derek’s number. Yogi’s Read the rest of this entry »

The All-Time Yankee Team, Position by Position

With 27 World Championships, 40 AL pennants and 44 Hall of Fame players, the New York Yankees are the most successful professional sports franchise in North American history. An all-time Yankees lineup would consist of:

1B- Lou Gehrig (1923-39). Played on six World Champions, played in 2,130 consecutive games, lifetime batting average of .340 with 493 HRs, 2,721 hits and 1,995 RBIs.
2B- Robinson Cano (2005-present). Four-time All-Star, played on 2009 World Championship team, lifetime .308 hitter.
SS- Derek Jeter (1995-present). The all-time Yankee leader in hits with 3,304, 13-time All-Star, Five-time World Champion and lifetime .313 hitter.
3B- Graig Nettles (1973-83). Superb defensively, Nettles was also a big-time clutch hitter Read the rest of this entry »

The Five Best Moments in Yankee Baseball History

With 27 championships to their credit, The New York Yankees are professional sports’ most successful team and they’ve provided fans with some of the most dramatic moments in baseball history.

5. In Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, Babe Ruth was facing Chicago Cubs pitcher, Charley Root, when he pointed to center field. On the next pitch, Ruth blasted a home run deep over the center field wall. While the facts of exactly what happened that day remain ambiguous, Ruth’s called shot remains a vital piece of Yankee lore.

4. On July 4th, 1939, Yankee great Lou Gehrig, fighting ALS, the Read the rest of this entry »

After Babe Ruth, Mariano Rivera is the Greatest Yankee

Babe Ruth was the most dominant player in Major League history. Almost 65 years after his death, and 78 years after his last game, his name is as synonymous with baseball today, as it was when he played for the the New York Yankees.

No other player throughout the team’s history has meant as much to their direct success over such an extended period of time as Mariano Rivera. Greats such as DiMaggio, Mantle, and Jeter have all played a large part in creating the tapestry that is the Yankee Tradition. Rivera has taken that role to another Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Yankees of the George Steinbrenner Era

Six World Series Championships, 10 American League Pennants and 15 Eastern Division Titles. That’s what the New York Yankees accomplished under the reign of George Steinbrenner. Many great players had a hand in collecting all that hardware for the Yanks’ sizable trophy case. But of all those who wore the Pinstripes during that time, who were the best of the best? Right off the bat, you have to include Derek Jeter among the best Yankees of the George Steinbrenner era. He has been the heart and soul of the Yankees for three decades and has come up clutch, both at the plate and in the field, several times in October and November. Clutch can also describe Jeter’s long-time teammate, Mariano Rivera. Baseball’s all-time saves leader, his post-season performances earned him World Series MVP honors in 1999 and the 2003 ALCS MVP. Anchoring the starting staff was Andy Pettitte, who won in double-digits every year from 1995-2003. Going back to the early days of the Steinbrenner era, would the Yankees have won two World Championships without the bat and post-season heroics of Reggie Jackson,, the gritty play and leadership of Thurman Munson or the phenomenal pitching of “Louisiana Lightning” Ron Guidry?