Yankees: Their Top Five second basemen over the last half-century

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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You might find this one a surprise, but…….

Luis Sojo gets the nod for the number four position in the ranking of the Yankees all-time best second basemen in the last half-century.

Sojo never played more than 100 games in a season for the Yankees, and yet for those that recall, he was always in the middle of a win for his team, as depicted in the video above.

Championship teams are built as much with role players as they are with All-Stars who earn the big bucks. And it is notable that Sojo never made more than $800,00 in a season while playing for the Yankees.

But he does have three championship rings.

In four World Series appearances, all with the Yankees, he batted .400 with a .904 OPS, while fielding his position without a flaw.

Other than that, Sojo’s stats as a major leaguer would barely rate a second look. An overall .261 hitter, he played his last game at the age of 36. Fittingly, it was with the Yankees who picked him up off the scrap heap in 2003 following his release by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

After appearing in only three games, the Yankees also released him proving that some fairy tales do not end well.

But for those that recall, Luis Sojo was magic as a role player and second baseman for a team that won and won big during his tenure with the Yankees.