This was by far the hardest one to rank. We know that many believed as Reggie declared that he was the “straw that stirred the drink” and his heroics in two straight World Series wins in 1977 to 1978. Who can forget that he hit three Home Runs in Game 2 of the ’77 Series? Jackson collectively hit 11 post season dingers with New York and was named the MVP in the 1977 Fall Classic batting .450 with a 1.250 OPS.
No wonder he was nicknamed Mr. October.
Jackson, who was with New York for five seasons was an All Star in each of them and he would also win a Home Run Title and had his only .300 season playing on pinstripes. He would also finish second in MVP voting in 1980.
So why is he ranked so low?
Well, if you were to ask a diehard sabremetrician they would argue that Reggie Jackson shouldn’t be on this list at all. Jackson did not finish in the top ten in bWAR for position players once in New York, he struckout a lot, eroded as a baserunner and was abysmal in the field. In terms of a more traditional number, he only played 653 Games, a low amount where as of this writing he is ranked #73 among batters, so he certainly didn’t play in enough games to approach the overall traditional Yankee stats that many on this list have.
Either you are going to hate this rank or hate this rank.