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February 01, 2007

Best Seasons By Yankees Shortstops

Continuing with the WasWatching.com Yankees "ten best seasons" (ever) series, today we look at shortstops. Here is what I believe are the top ten seasons for Yankees shortstops, with stats via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia:

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O.K., anyone who did not expect Derek Jeter to dominate this list, well, where have you been for the last eleven years? Clearly, D.J. is the master of all Yankees shortstops in terms of bringing it in the batters box.

How about B.D.J. (Before Derek Jeter)? I ran the same list with a cut-off date of 1995. Look at some of the names that made the cut on this one.

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When you run a query looking for the ten best offensive seasons, and you see this guy (below) come up as # 7 on the list, you know that you're not looking at a bunch of lumber kings:

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Kidding aside (get the pun?), check out that 1910 season for John Wesley "Schoolboy" Knight. This player had no stick whatsoever leading into 1910. And, then, all of a sudden, he's probably the tenth most effective batter in the league in 1910. But, after that, like a flash, he's back to being Chicken Stanley-ish as a hitter - and looking into a new line of work. How do you explain something like that (especially in the days before PEDs)?

Speaking of Knights, it's been said that "you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you." But, there are times when you just step in it and everything breaks your way - at least for a while.

The next time someone tries to tell you that's not true - tell them to go look up John Knight, the Yankee, circa 1910.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at February 1, 2007 09:54 PM

Comments

I'm only sorry this list didn't produce the names of my youth like the catching list did. Where's Wayne Tolleson, Alvaro Espinoza, and Bobby Meacham? Now THOSE were great Yankees.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 1, 2007 11:38 PM

Wow, Tolleson. Now there's a blast. Dark days, indeed.

Posted by: brockdc [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 1, 2007 11:53 PM

Aww... whither Mike Gallego? And Tony Fernandez!

Come see the violence inherent in the system! Help, help, I'm being repressed!

Posted by: mehmattski [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 2, 2007 08:18 AM

I thought about adding Gallego but he made it into the Buck Showalter era when things began to look up and thus his inclusion would seem less ironic and funny.

I had completely forgotten about Tony Fernandez.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 2, 2007 08:44 AM

FWIW, if this were a list based on post-seasons, instead of seasons, Jim Mason would be "the man!" Go figure.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 2, 2007 10:27 AM

And where is Andre Roberts?

I think this list shows that for a long time the conventional wisdom was SS = glove, no bat.

Posted by: rbj [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 2, 2007 11:56 AM