Top 50 New York Yankees

This might be the hardest list that we have ever done.

Maybe we have said this before, but how can this not be?

We don’t have to tell you about the history of the New York Yankees by saying anymore that this is the most popular and successful team in baseball and one of the only sports franchises in the world that transcends sports.   As such, how do you decide who are the top players for a team without hurting feelings?

The answer is that you can’t.

There are superstars who didn’t make this list (Roger Clemens, Mark Teixeira, Roger Peckinpaugh, Jason Giambi) for example who didn’t make it.  The next fifty that we would have picked are better than over half of the top 50 of the other Major League teams.  We easily understand the argument for those.  We understand the backlash we will hear over the fact that Reggie Jackson barely made this list and could be only a few seasons away from dropping off of this completely. 

There was nothing easy about this.

We have our shield on as you read this.

Note: Baseball lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff performance, and post-season accolades.  This is a list up to the end of the 2020 Season.
In 1965 Bobby Mercer played his first game for New York at age 19 and after bouncing back and forth from the minors and a one-year stint in the army, he would become a fixture in the Yankees lineup in 1969 and would become a popular and productive member of the team.
The career of C.C. Sabathis can be divided into two halves with a brief stop in Milwaukee in-between.  The first was with the Cleveland Indians, where he won the 2007 Cy Young, and the second in New York where he came close.
Hmmm.This is another tricky one.In regards to pure talent Snuffy Stirnweiss doesn’t belong here and his greatest seasons took place during World War II when the Majors were depleted.  He won his infield job when Joe Gordon served his country and lost it when he came back. 
Honestly, this was a bit of a surprise as when you think of the career of Rickey Henderson it is the Oakland A’s that you think of as this is where he played in four separate stints and won the American League MVP.   He was however an excellent player for the New York Yankees for and half seasons during his prime, where he put up individual numbers good enough to land him here.
A four time All Star who spent all eleven of his Major League seasons with the New York Yankees, Spud Chandler posted a very impressive career record of 109 and 43.  Twice a 20 Game winner, Chandler would have his best season in 1943 where he went 20 and 4 while winning the ERA and WHIP Title while winning the American League MVP Title.  Chandler would also help New York win three World Series Titles.
The sabremetricians are not fond of Allie Reynolds and a quick look at his career WHIP of 1.386 is a big reason why.  Reynolds was the recipient of a lot of run support as he played for some incredible Yankee teams that seemed to get on base at will. 
“Happy” Jack Chesbro is one of the anomalies of the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Some feel that he shouldn’t be there and is so because of the strength of his 1904 season.  Since that was as a New York Highlander (which was what the Yankees were called then), let’s take a look at it.
Red Rolfe played his entire career with the New York Yankees, and while he was overshadowed by his higher-profile teammates, Rolfe’s contributions at the hot corner should never be minimized.
By the time Paul O’Neill arrived to New York he had already been named an All-Star and won a World Series ring as a Cincinnati Red.  It goes without saying that he achieved a lot more with the Yankees.
A member of the famed “Murderers Row” lineup from the 1920’s Bob Meusel provided a balanced offensive attack for the Yankees.  Meusel had six seasons where he batted over .310 and while he was not necessarily known for his power he was a surprise Home Run leader in the 1925 season, where he also led the American League in RBIs.  Meusal was also a capable base runner who swiped 15 bases four times in his career.
Oh boy…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. 
After serving the United States as a Sergeant in World War II, Hank Bauer resumed his minor league baseball career, which brought him an eventual promotion with the New York Yankees in 1948.