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Top Ten New York Yankees’ Pitchers of All-Time: A Fan’s View
The New York Yankees are perhaps known more for their power sluggers through the years, rather than their handful of dominant pitchers.
With the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio paving the way for the Yankees' World Series runs over the past 100 years, it's sometimes easy to overlook the fantastic efforts put in by the top-flight pitchers who have donned the pinstripes.
Here's a look back at the top ten pitchers in New York Yankees history, considering only stats tallied while in Yankee uniforms:
1) Mariano Rivera: It's hard to put a closer at the top of this list, but he gets the nod for No. 1 because of his complete domination of the game since 1995. At no point in baseball history has a pitcher been able to make opposing hitters look this silly by utilizing just one pitch - a devastating cutter.
Rivera is a 12-time All-Star, five-time World Series champ, four-time MLB.com Closer of the Year, and ranks No. 1 all-time in the MLB in saves with 603. He has hinted that 2012 may be his final season in the big leagues.
2) Whitey Ford: Ford, a 1974 Hall of Fame inductee, spent his entire 16 years of baseball duty as a member of the New York Yankees. He is a 10-time All-Star, six-time World Series champ, Cy Young award winner, and all-time leader amongst Yankee pitchers in wins with 236.
3) Red Ruffing: Ruffing, a 1967 Hall of Fame inductee, was a six-time All-Star selection and six-time World Series champ. He earned 231 of his 275 career wins as a member of the Yankees, including four consecutive years between 1936 and 1939 of tallying 20 wins or more.
4) Andy Pettitte: Pettitte tallied 203 of his 240 career victories while in a Yankees uniform, including 21-win seasons in 1995 and 2003. His tactical approach on the mound helped the Yankees win five World Series titles between 1996 and 2009. Pettitte earned three All-Star nods during his two stints in New York.
5) Ron Guidry: Guidry, whose number was retired by the Yankees in 2003, made four All-Star appearances with the club between 1978 and 1983. He also went 41-10 between 1977 and 1978, to help the Yankees win back-to-back World Series titles.
6) Lefty Gomez: Gomez, a 1972 Hall of Fame inductee, tallied 189 wins in a Yankee uniform to propel the team to five World Series titles between 1932 and 1939. Gomez was a perennial All-Star between 1933 and 1939, making seven appearances in the game.
7) Mel Stottlemyre: Stottlemyre, a five-time Yankees All-Star, earned a career-high 21 victories for the Yankees in the 1968 season. He was a dominating presence on the mound between 1965 and 1969, earning 12 or more victories in each of those seasons.
8) Goose Gossage: Gossage, a 2008 Hall of Fame inductee, ranks No. 3 all-time amongst Yankees save leaders with 151. Besides his four All-Star nods as a Yankee, he tallied 27 saves in 1978 to propel the team to a World Series championship.
9) Mike Mussina: Not only is Mussina a borderline Hall of Famer, he is a five-time All-Star, seven-time Gold Glove Award winner, and winner of 270 games. He tallied 120 victories as a Yankee, good enough for No. 12 all-time on the Yankee charts.
10) Waite Hoyt: Hoyt, a 1969 Hall of Fame inductee, tallied 157 victories during his stint in New York. He was a key starter in the Yankees' 1923, 1927 and 1928 World Series championship seasons, with 62 victories in those three seasons.
Who else deserves a spot on this list? Let me know in the comments.
Eric Holden is a lifelong New York resident and baseball fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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