Thursday, June 28, 2012

The best Shortstops in New York Yankee history

Shortstop may be the most important defensive position - after catcher - on a baseball field. Quickness, speed, the ability to cover a lot of ground, and a strong accurate arm are essential. Going into the hole to backhand the ball and then throw out the runner at first, and being able to turn the double play consistently, are also important. The Yankees have had some pretty good shortstops, and some have been impressive contributors on offense as well.

5) Roger Peckinpaugh: From 1913-1921 Peckinpaugh played in 1,219 games at shortstop for New York. He has a career batting average of .257 with 143 stolen bases with the team, and his .949 fielding percentage is higher than the league average of .940 for that time period.

4) Tony Kubek: Playing in 882 games at short during his nine years with the Yanks, Kubek averaged .266 while contributing to three World Series titles in the late 1950's and early 1960's. A three time All Star, his .966 fielding percentage and 5.09 range factor are higher than the league's averages of .962 and 4.89.

3) Frank Crosetti: A two time All Star, Crosetti played 1,516 games at the position in 17 years. A member of six World Championship teams in the 1930's and early 1940's, he led American League shortstops with .968 fielding percentage in 1939. His 792 walks rank tenth all-time on the Yankees, and his 1,006 runs scored place him eleventh in that category.

2) Phil Rizzuto: A member of baseball's Hall of Fame, the 1950 American League MVP was selected to five All Star teams. Rizzuto played in 1,647 games in 13 seasons with the Yankees. The shortstop on seven World Championship teams, he has a career batting average of .273 with an on base percentage of .351 and 149 stolen bases.

1) Derek Jeter: A twelve time All Star, winner of five Gold Gloves, and a member of five World Championship teams, Jeter is the only Yankee with at least 3,000 hits. He is still adding to his other Yankee records in games played with 2,497 and stolen bases with 345. Jeter's .313 career batting average places him fifth; his 504 doubles rank second; and his 1,809 runs scored are third. The Yankees' best shortstop of all time is also one of the best players in franchise history.

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