Thursday, June 21, 2012

The best Right Fielders in New York Yankee history

Right field may be a position where kids in sandlot games try to hide someone who isn't a great player, but that isn't true in professional baseball. There have been many great offensive and defensive players at the position, and the Yankees have had some good ones. Here are the top five in their history.

5) Dave Winfield: A Hall of Famer who spent nine of his twenty two years in the majors with the Yankees, Winfield played 719 games in right field. He was named to eight All Star games and won five Gold Gloves while in New York.

4) Hank Bauer: Appearing in 1,196 games in right field during his 12 years with the team, Bauer hit .277 with 158 home runs and 654 RBI's in his Yankee career. He was a three time All Star, and contributed to seven World Series titles in the 1950's.

3) Tommy Heinrich: A five time All Star, contributing to four World Series championships in the late 1930's and 1940's, Heinrich batted .282 with 183 homers and 795 RBI's in his eleven year Yankee career. He led American League right fielders in 1942 and 1946 with fielding percentages of .987 and .992, and his 11 assists in 1947 also led the league.

2) Paul O'Neill: Playing in over 1,200 games in right field during his nine years with the Yankees, O'Neill batted .303 with 185 home runs and 858 runs batted in. A steady defensive player with a strong arm, he was a key player on the 1996, '98, '99, and 2000 World Series teams.

1) Babe Ruth: Playing 1,128 games in right field during 15 years with the Yankees (he also played left field, and pitcher) Ruth is first in Yankee history in a number of hitting categories, including: batting average, .349; on base percentage, .484; slugging percentage, .711; runs scored, 1,959; total bases, 5,131; home runs, 659; and walks, 1,852. He is second in RBI's with 1,971. In 36 World Series games with the team Ruth batted .348, hit 15 home runs, and had 30 RBI's. What else can you say about someone who may be the game's greatest player ever?

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