January 26, 2007
Looking For Yankees Fans Input
I'm preparing for a study and could use some input from my fellow Yankees fans.
Which players, in your opinion, had the best career numbers prior to joining the Yankees?
Note the stress on "prior." This would kick out guys like Red Ruffing and, for most, Paul O'Neill.
Here, I'm looking for the Ruths, Mizes, A-Rods, etc. - and even the Kevin Browns and Jose Cruz Sr.'s.....
Leave your selections in the comments here, or, e-mail them to me: staff (at) waswatching (dot com). Thanks in advance!
Posted by Steve Lombardi at January 26, 2007 12:27 PM
Rickey Henderson & Jason Giambi, both, ironically, in Oakland
Big Daddy, Cecil Fielder.
So let's just say that a guy had great numbers in the prior team before joining the Yankees, and continued to produce numbers in the Yankees like in the prior team, would he be eligible as an answer?
Because I am quite tempted to put Reggie Jackson as my answer...
Posted by: B(rent) at January 26, 2007 01:00 PM
Roger Clemens (Cy Young for Toronto)
OH! WOAH! *two answers hit me like a lightning bolt*
Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens, though Roger wasn't too shabby as a Yankee...
Posted by: B(rent) at January 26, 2007 01:02 PM
~~~So let's just say that a guy had great numbers in the prior team before joining the Yankees, and continued to produce numbers in the Yankees like in the prior team, would he be eligible as an answer?~~~
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at January 26, 2007 01:04 PM
Steve Trout, Ed Whitson, Don Baylor, Mike Easler, Jack Clark, Meat Pavano, Paul Quantril, Javy Vasquez, Kenny Lofton - a virtual who's who of Yankeeographies.
Oh, and Lee Smith.
Posted by: Jeteupthemiddle at January 26, 2007 01:40 PM
Jack McDowell, Raul Mondesi, John Wettland
Dave Kingman, Catfish Hunter, El Tiante, Gossage
Canseco, nuff said.
Clemens, RJ, and Arod
Hehe, Kevin Brown and Randy Johnson. Both great players before the Yankees, both failures as Yankees.
Rickey Henderson, Alex Rodriguez, and Luis Tiant
Giambi and Sheff were pretty good too.
neagle, brown, vazquez, canseco, jack clark, abreu, lidle, gooden, cone, straw...
Posted by: Travis G. at January 26, 2007 07:19 PM
Someone just e-mailed me with one that no one here has mentioned yet: Mussina.
How telling is that, that no one except one thought of him?
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at January 26, 2007 11:15 PM
Babe Ruth; Paul Waner; Enos Slaughter; Rocky Colavito;
Good point about Mussina. I guess I was just fixating on the ones who flamed out as Yankees. Guess I'm a bit cynical that way.
What about Damon and Flash Gordon?