Feb 19, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees infielder Derek Jeter (2) speaks to the media during an media availability at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees Mount Rushmore: Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and ?


Mar 3, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) goes to field a ground ball in the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals in a spring training exhibition game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees Mount Rushmore is up for debate. The first three names are easy, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio. But who would you choose for the fourth spot?

Some would say that is easy. It should be Mickey Mantle. Had The Mick stayed healthy he would have destroyed the all-time home record. He would have been not only the greatest Yankee of all-time, but also the greatest player in the history of the Major Leagues.

But he didn’t. So does Derek Jeter, the Yankees all-time hit leader, deserve the spot.? Jeter should be a first ballot Hall of Famer. He and Mariano Rivera have been the faces of the franchise since the 1990′s. If Jeter goes out with a great year there will be big time support for him  to be the final selection.

But if popularity is the criteria, how could Yogi Berra be passed up? And you can’t argue with his success. Berra played in fourteen World Series, winning ten of them. Both of these are records. If you want to measure it by championships, Yogi is the man.

But, then again, Whitey Ford was the “Chairman of the Board,” a title that he received for his poise under pressure. Had manager Casey Stengel not held Ford back at times to allow him to face other team’s aces, Ford’s lifetime statistics may have been even better. As it stands, he has the highest winning percentage of pitchers with 300 decisions in modern baseball history at .690.

So if Ford is arguably the best starting pitcher in Yankees history, shouldn’t Mariano Rivera be considered since he is the greatest closer in MLB history? Try to tell some of the batters who faced Mo that he doesn’t deserve the final spot.

Of course, there are so many other great players who have been left out here. To me, Mickey Mantle is the one who should be included with Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio. But if Jeter has a sparkling finish, the sentiment may rest with him since many modern fans weren’t around for the Mantle mystique.

In any case, one thing is for sure. No other team could put up a Mount Rushmore that could match the New York Yankees, no matter who the final player is.

 

 

 

Tags: Derek Jeter Joe DiMaggio Mickey Mantle New York Yankees New York Yankees Mount Rushmore

  • http://twitter.com/kumerle Kenneth Kumerle

    Mantle is fourth , Jeter 5th and Berra 6th

  • George Goldthwaite

    Healthy or not it’s still easy “MANTLE”.
    THEN YOU CAN START WITH THE REST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dan jackson

    is this a joke mick is #3 so that makes jeter #6 behind yogi!stop trying to put him ahead of the other guys the only thing he has is the 3000 hits!it is making people mad at him…..

  • William

    I love the Mick. I remember his last 5 years. I started looking at the numbers though and Jeter head to head looks pretty good with the Mick. Hrs is no contest or .OBP but RBIs, extra base hits, SOs etc. It is interesting how good Jeter is. After looking at the numbers I think Jeter deserves to considered with Mickey. Yogi’s catching and 10 rings can’t be overlooked.

  • Gregg Brennan

    DiMaggio shouldn’t be on there at all. It should be Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle and Jeter. Period.

  • dan jackson

    I guess baseball does not look at his numbers because jeter never won anything for his play? this is a bad article in it he says people dont remember mickey?Like there are people that can say they saw RUTH Gehrig,Joe?

  • Bobby Cocks

    REALLY DAN, are you serious? No disrespect to Jeter, Mo, Yogi, Whitey or anyone else but The Mick is a no-brainer. He’s ahead of Joe D and easily on a par with Babe and Lou. You cannot have a Yankee Mt Rushmore without Mantle. I am so tired of this debate – Mantle was not only the greatest switch hitter of all time but the best CF too, if you compare his 5 tools (and that includes Willie). He was the fastest player to date and had more pure baseball talent than anyone whoever played. If he played today with the advances we have in medicine now to treat his injuries, he would be THE best player ever and he would be making more $$ than that bum A-Roid or any other present player. So stop talking about what Mantle didn’t do and simply look at what he did. Speaks for itself.

  • Dan Dechenaux

    Bobby, I agree with you 100%. Mantle is my choice and my favorite Yankee. If it was up to me he would be the first one. All I am saying is some people who saw Jeter play but never saw Mantle might choose Jeter based on sentiment. Thanks for reading everyone.