New York Yankees All-Time Roster

This is the New York Yankees all-time roster. I decided to select two players for each infield position, six outfielders (regardless of specific position), and one designated hitter for each AL team. Hitters had to have a minimum of 1,500 plate appearance. For pitching, we selected seven starting pitchers, three non-closers, and two closers. Starting pitchers had to start at least 100 games during their time with the franchise to qualify. Relief pitchers were deemed non-closers if they saved less than 30 games. Closers are pitchers that save more than 30 games.


  • Catcher – Bill Dickey

    • Age: 21 – 36, 39
    • Years: 1928 – 1943, 1946
    Bill Dickey
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    126 .396 55.8 1,789 7,065 930 1,969 343 72 202 1,209 36 678 289 .313 .382 .486 .868

  • First Base – Lou Gehrig

    • Age: 20 – 36
    • Years: 1923 – 1939
    Lou Gehrig
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    173 .477 112.4 2,164 9,665 1,888 2,721 534 163 493 1,995 102 1,508 790 .340 .447 .632 1.080

  • Second Base – Tony Lazzeri

    • Age: 22 – 33
    • Years: 1926 – 1937
    Tony Lazzeri
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    121 .387 48.3 1,659 7,069 952 1,784 327 115 169 1,157 147 830 821 .293 .379 .467 .847

  • Third Base – Alex Rodriguez

    • Age: 28 – 37, 39 – 40
    • Years: 2004 – 2013, 2015 – 2016
    Alex Rodriguez
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    138 .385 54.2 1,509 6,520 1,012 1,580 263 9 351 1,096 152 779 1,292 .283 .378 .523 .900

  • Shortstop – Derek Jeter

    • Age: 21 – 40
    • Years: 1995 – 2014
    Derek Jeter
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    119 .360 71.8 2,747 12,602 1,923 3,465 544 66 260 1,311 358 1,082 1,840 .310 .377 .440 .817

  • Outfield – Babe Ruth

    • Age: 25 – 39
    • Years: 1920 – 1934
    Babe Ruth
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    200 .522 142.7 2,084 9,199 1,959 2,518 424 106 659 1,978 110 1,852 1,122 .349 .484 .711 1.195

  • Outfield – Mickey Mantle

    • Age: 19 – 36
    • Years: 1951 – 1968
    Mickey Mantle
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    170 .428 109.7 2,401 9,907 1,676 2,415 344 72 536 1,509 153 1,733 1,710 .298 .421 .557 .977

  • Outfield – Joe DiMaggio

    • Age: 21 – 27, 31 – 36
    • Years: 1936 – 1942, 1946 – 1951
    Joe DiMaggio
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    152 .439 78.1 1,736 7,672 1,390 2,214 389 131 361 1,537 30 790 369 .325 .398 .579 .977

  • Designated Hitter – Jason Giambi

    • Age: 31 – 37
    • Years: 2002 – 2008
    Jason Giambi
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    145 .398 22.0 897 3,693 515 764 134 2 209 604 9 619 706 .260 .404 .521 .925

  • Starting Pitcher – Whitey Ford

    • Age: 21, 24 – 38
    • Years: 1950, 1953 – 1967
    Whitey Ford
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    75 53.9 498 438 236 106 2.75 3,170.1 156 45 11 1,107 967 1,086 1,956 5.6 1.215

  • Starting Pitcher – Ron Guidry

    • Age: 24 – 37
    • Years: 1975 – 1988
    Ron Guidry
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    83 47.9 368 323 170 91 3.29 2,392 95 26 4 953 874 633 1,778 6.7 1.184

  • Starting Pitcher – Spud Chandler

    • Age: 29 – 39
    • Years: 1937 – 1947
    Spud Chandler
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    73 23.2 211 184 109 43 2.84 1,485 109 26 6 549 468 463 614 3.7 1.205

  • Starting Pitcher – Red Ruffing

    • Age: 25 – 37, 40 – 41
    • Years: 1930 – 1942, 1945 – 1946
    Red Ruffing
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    83 44.2 426 391 231 124 3.47 3,168.2 261 40 9 1,406 1,222 1,066 1,526 4.3 1.282

  • Starting Pitcher – Lefty Gomez

    • Age: 21 – 33
    • Years: 1930 – 1942
    Lefty Gomez
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    79 43.2 367 319 189 101 3.34 2,498.1 173 28 10 1,087 927 1,090 1,468 5.3 1.351

  • Relief Pitcher – Bobby Shantz

    • Age: 31 – 34
    • Years: 1957 – 1960
    Bobby Shantz
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    75 6.2 138 38 30 18 2.73 461.1 14 3 19 167 140 132 272 5.3 1.164

  • Relief Pitcher – Ron Davis

    • Age: 22 – 25
    • Years: 1978 – 1981
    Ron Davis
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    76 5.9 144 0 27 10 2.93 291.2 0 0 22 105 95 88 191 5.9 1.176

  • Closer – Mariano Rivera

    • Age: 25 – 43
    • Years: 1995 – 2013
    Mariano Rivera
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    49 56.6 1,115 10 82 60 2.21 1,283.2 0 0 652 340 315 286 1,173 8.2 1.000

    Bench

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3 comments

  • Can’t quite understand your relief pitching picks. It’s hard to take this seriously when you have ADAM WARREN on the Yankees all-time roster. The guy had a career 3.42 ERA and was never even a setup man. Crack open an old encyclopedia and learn about guys like Sparky Lyle and Johnny Murphy. Hell, even Dave Righetti.

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    • Hi Dan. I believe reading the opening paragraph may answer the why Adam Warren question.

      Adam Warren’s career ERA as a Yankee is 3.18. I prefer ERA- for context and Warren’s is 78 (meaning his ERA is 21% better than league average). His overall career ERA is 3.42.

      While I agree that Adam Warren is not among the 6 best Yankee relief pitchers of all-time the idea was to create a pitching staff made up of 5 starters, 2 relief pitchers (who pitched in mostly non-closing situations thus the less than 30 saves qualification mentioned in the opening paragraph), and 1 closer. I am familiar with Sparky Lyle, Johnny Murphy, and Dave Righetti. They were all considered for the closer role. Because they all had more than 30 career saves as a Yankee they were not eligible for the relief pitcher role.

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  • Non Yankee fan but huge baseball historian. Not sure why Berra always get shafted when greatest Yankee teams are compiled.

    The only stat that Dickey is better is batting average and his was done at a time when overall averages were inflated. Berra was outstanding defensively with a great arm (as was Dickey)

    Yogi was ugly and not taken seriously as a great player by many because of it but other than Bench was probably best all around catcher of all-time.

    Not trying to disparage Dickey here but a 3 time MVP with better WAR should get the nod. The years that Dickey missed due to WW2 were well after his prime so not sure WAR would have increased much, if at all.

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