Third baseman – Alex Rodriguez (2007)
Well, duh, you knew this was coming. Alex Rodriguez was one of the most gifted talents baseball ever had. In his career-year as a Yankee, when he won his second MVP with New York, he slashed .314/.422/.645 with 54 home runs, 156 RBI and stole 24 bases.
Yes, he was over-dramatic and covered by the New York media every second, but did you expect anything different? He was the best player playing for the most popular team in professional sports.
‘A-Rod’ was the man when the Yankees traded for him from the Texas Rangers. I remember the day the Yankees acquired him. It was like Christmas Day for me, to be honest.
He was a Gold Glove fielder and was already in the 40-40 club. And the Yankees got him by trading away Nick Johnson and Alfonso Soriano. The trade paid off at the end of the day, despite all the controversy.
Alex will retain a beloved figure in Yankees’ history, and a hated figure at the same time. Yes, he admitted to taking PED’s, and he tried going to war with the Yankees between 2014 and 2015.
However, all seems to be forgiven for the most part because some fans wanted A-Rod to be the team’s new manager. It would be crazy to see A-Rod back in pinstripes, but he needs time away from the field in the analyst booth first.
Backup third baseman
Graig Nettles (1977)
Yes, my all-season 25-man roster will include the Gold Glove, power-hitting third baseman for the Yankees from the 1970s, Graig Nettles. Despite the low batting averages, Nettles was still a heck of a player. In 1976, he had a WAR of 8. However, I still prefer the following season as his best.
In 1977, Nettles finished fifth in MVP voting, won the Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove Award. That year, he also slashed .255/.333/.496 with 37 home runs and 107 RBI.