More than one particular Corridor of Famer headlines the listing of the finest centre fielders in New York Yankees historical past.
Arguably no workforce has experienced bigger players at one particular position in their historical past than the New York Yankees have experienced at centre subject. From 1924 to 1966, the workforce experienced a future Corridor of Famer manning centre subject. That’s mind-blowing.
Three of the franchise’s 5 best ever are Corridor of Famers, one particular must be in Cooperstown, and two are some of the finest players of all time. Moreover, only one particular participant on this listing didn’t shell out his total profession with the Yankees. Let’s get into the rankings.
five. Bobby Murcer (Yankees tenure: 1965-66, sixty nine-seventy four, seventy nine-eighty three)
• 1,256 games, .278/.349/.453, .802 OPS, 129 OPS+, a hundred seventy five household runs, 687 RBIs, 32.three oWAR, -6.five dWAR
Bobby Murcer was expected to be the “next Mantle.” Though he didn’t fairly live up to that common, he was nonetheless prosperous and became an all-time supporter favored.
As a Yankee, Murcer was a 4-time All-Star, one particular-time Gold Glover, and completed top-ten in MVP voting a few instances. He completed fifth in MVP voting in 1972 when he led the AL in runs and full bases.
In 1971, Murcer led MLB in OBP and the AL in OPS and OPS+. Murcer is fourth among the Yankees centre fielders in household runs and RBIs. He’s fifth in OPS+, games, at-bats (4,428), runs (641), hits (1,231), doubles (192), triples (29), and walks (491).
4. Earle Combs (1924-35)
• 1,455 games, .325/.397/.462, .859 OPS, 125 OPS+, fifty eight household runs, 633 RBIs, 43.4 oWAR, -two.eight dWAR
It’s insane that Earle Combs is a Corridor of Famer but is just the fourth-best centre fielder in Yankees historical past. Nicknamed “the Kentucky Colonel,” Combs was the leadoff hitter of the hazardous Murderer’s Row lineup of the late twenties.
Combs was incredibly quick and a terrific hitter who also boasted great Earth Series numbers: He experienced 21 hits and struck out just seven instances in 16 games. Combs completed sixth in MVP voting in 1928 and was a a few-time Earth Series winner.
In 1927, he led MLB in plate appearances, at-bats, and triples, and led the AL in hits. In 1928, he led MLB in triples and in 1930 led the AL in triples. Combs is first among the Yankees centre fielders in triples (154) and tied for first in batting normal.
He’s third in OBP and OPS and fourth in fWAR (forty one.three), games, at-bats (five,746), runs (1,186), hits (1,866), doubles (309), and walks (670).
three. Bernie Williams (1991-2006)
• two,076 games, .297/.381/.477, .858 OPS, 125 OPS+, 287 household runs, 1,257 RBIs, sixty three.two oWAR, -9.five dWAR
It’s absurd that Bernie Williams was much better than the likes of Earle Combs but is not in the Corridor of Fame. Williams was a model of consistency and one particular of the most beloved Yankees of all time.
Spending his total profession in the Bronx, Williams was a 5-time All-Star, 4-time Earth Series winner, the 1996 ALCS MVP, a 4-time Gold Glover, one particular-time Silver Slugger, and the 1998 AL batting winner.
He completed top-ten in MVP voting two times and the Yankees retired his No. fifty one and honored him in Monument Park.
The truth that George Steinbrenner sought to trade Williams several instances is unimaginable, particularly because the team’s dynasty of the late nineteen nineties doesn’t exist with no him.
Williams was a excellent postseason participant who retains several information. In 121 games, he slashed .275/.371/.480 whilst recording an OPS of.850, 22 household runs, and 80 RBIs.
No participant has recorded additional RBIs in the playoffs than Williams and he is 2nd all-time in postseason runs, hits, household runs, doubles, and full bases.
Williams is first among the Yankees centre fielders in doubles (449) and 2nd in games, at-bats (7,869), hits (two,336), and walks (1,069). He’s third in fWAR (43.9), runs (1,366), household runs, RBIs, and batting normal.
two. Joe DiMaggio (1936-42, 46-fifty one)
• 1,736 games, .325/.398/.579, .977 OPS, one hundred fifty five OPS+, 361 household runs, 1,537 RBIs, seventy four.five oWAR, three.two dWAR
We believed Earle Combs currently being a Corridor of Famer and just coming in at 4 on this listing was insane. Joe DiMaggio’s placement on below is even wilder. DiMaggio was elite but nonetheless is not the best centre fielder to don the pinstripes.
Greatly regarded as one particular of the best baseball players of all time, DiMaggio put in his time in the majors earning awards and accolades in a profession shortened by army provider.
He could have supplied Babe Ruth a serious run for his money experienced he not lost people a few decades, which is absurd to believe about.
Nicknamed “Joltin’ Joe” and “The Yankee Clipper,” DiMaggio was a 13-time All-Star, nine-time Earth Series winner, and a few-time MVP (he completed top-ten in MVP voting seven other instances, together with top-a few a few of people instances).
His fifty six-recreation hitting streak is nonetheless intact and will very likely by no means be broken. His No. five is retired by the Yankees, he’s honored in Monument Park, and he’s a member of the Corridor of Fame.
DiMaggio was also the league’s batting winner when and led the AL in batting normal an additional time. He led MLB in triples, runs, household runs, and slugging share when each.
He led MLB in RBIs and full bases two times. He also led the AL in household runs, slugging share, OPS, and full bases when.
1. Mickey Mantle (1951-sixty eight)
• two,401 games, .298/.421/.557, .977 OPS, 172 OPS+, 536 household runs, 1,509 RBIs, 116.two oWAR, -9.6 dWAR
Here we have not only one particular of the finest centre fielders of all time but also the finest swap hitter in MLB historical past.
Mickey Mantle was a 20-time All-Star, seven-time Earth Series winner, a few-time MVP (ending top-5 in voting 6 other instances), Triple Crown winner, and a Gold Glover.
His No. 7 is retired by the Yankees, he’s honored in Monument Park, is a member of the Corridor of Fame, and was named to the All-Century Team.
Mantle led MLB in runs and walks 5 instances, in household runs, full bases, and RBIs when, in OBP and slugging share two times, in OPS a few instances, and in OPS+ 6 instances.
He led the AL in triples and OBP when, in household runs and OPS a few instances, and in slugging share, OPS+, and full bases two times.
Mantle was nicknamed “The Commerce Comet” and “The Mick,” and the phrase “tape measure household runs” was coined in reference to one particular of his household runs. He’s tied for first in historical past with 13 wander-off homers.
Mantle also retains quite a few Earth Series information together with most profession household runs, RBIs, more-foundation hits, runs, walks, and full bases.
What is even crazier is that Mantle suffered lots of injuries all over his profession. He in some way could’ve been even much better experienced he managed to remain healthful.
Mantle is first among the Yankees centre fielders in fWAR (112.three), games, at-bats (eight,102), runs (1,676), hits (two,415), household runs, walks (1,733), OBP, and OPS+.
He’s 2nd in RBIs, stolen bases (153), and slugging share, and third in doubles (344), triples (seventy two), and batting normal.