On this edition of ELOOnline, Eric Lopez breaks down Derek Jeter’s Legacy. Where does Jeter rank all-time in Yankees history?
Why You Should Listen : Eric Lopez talked to his friend Jeff Sharon about Derek Jeter’s legacy. Where does Jeter rank all-time in Yankee History? What are the moments that will define Jeter’s career? Also Lopez and Sharon discuss who will be the new face of the Yankees? Who will be the next great Yankee to be celebrated? Have we seen the last great Yankee to play his entire career in pinstripes for a while? Lopez and Sharon discuss this and more.
Eric Lopez’s All-time Top 10 Yankees
1- Babe Ruth- 7-time World Champion, career 342 hitter with 714 career home runs.
2- Lou Gehrig- 2-time MVP, 6-time World Series Champion, triple crown winner in 1934, career .340 hitter. The Iron Horse’s 2,130 consecutive games streak was broken by Cal Ripken Jr. and his Yankees hit record was passed by Jeter.
3- Joe DiMaggio- 3-time MVP, Drove in 1,537 runs, 9-time World Series Champion. MLB Record 56 game hitting streak. .325 career htter.
4- Mickey Mantle- 3-time MVP, Triple Crown Winner in 1956, 7-time World Series Champion. 536 career home runs
5- Yogi Berra- 3-time MVP, 10-time World Series Champion. All-Star team 18 times.
6- Derek Jeter- Five-time World Series Chammpion, World Series MVP (2000), All-Star Game MVP (2000), All-time leader in Hits , games played, runs scored in Yankees history. 5-time gold glove winner. only player in Yankee history with over 3,000 hits. Career 312 hitter.
7- Mariano Rivera- MLB All-time leader in Saves, 5 World Series rings, Postseason ERA of 0.70, All-Star game MVP (2013)
8- Whitey Ford- Chairman of the Board is the Yankees all-time greatest starting pitcher, part of six World Series titles, Franchise leader in wins with 236, innings, shutouts and starts.
9- Reggie Jackson- while with the Yankees, won World Series in 1977,1978, World Series MVP in 1977. Mr. October hit 3 homeruns in clinching game 6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1977 World Series.
10- Don Mattingly – Personal bias here as Mattingly was my favorite Yankee all-time. Donnie Baseball hit .307 with 1,099 RBIs in an injury-shortened career, won one MVP but is a rare Yankee star with no World Series titles.
Honrable Mention- Bill Dickey – Won 8 World Series titles as Yankee Catcher. Phil Rizzuto who as Jeff mention on the podcast, Made big impact on Yankees on and off the field. On the field, Rizzuto won AL MVP in 1950, 7-time World Series Champion. Off the field became part of Yankees radio and television broadcast team for 40 years starting in 1957. Rizzuto catch phrase “Holy Cow” is well known among Yankee fans.
ELOOnline : Derek Jeter’s Legacy
Eric Lopez host ELOOnline Podcast which airs on Sportstalkflorida.com. Eric Lopez also host 1080am Insiders Show that airs Sundays from 10-11am eastern on Sportstalk 1080 the team in Orlando. Lopez also fills in on Tuck and O’Neill on Sportstalk 1080 the Team Orlando.