“Yanks Core 4 Belong in Cooperstown”


Yanks’ Core 4 Belong in Cooperstown….that was the headline on an email my mother sent me this afternoon. Somethings just bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. This was an article on the CBS2 website about those veteran Yankees that have now become known affectionately as the core 4. Jeter, Mariano, Andy and Jorge.

Now the headline and the article really started me thinking….why not? Why can’t all four of these guys end up in Cooperstown, where baseball legends truly live forever.

“How rare is it an accomplishment in today’s day and age of sports mercenaries , hired guns and piles of cash that four guys basically stay together on the same team and consistently  drive that team to be the best in its sport, while at the same time, individually , remain among the best to play at their respective positions both actively and historically?”

Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are first ballot locks, I would not be surprised if both players end up with 100% vote totals, that might sound crazy since the highest vote total ever was Tom Seaver with 98.6%, but if you take a step back and look at Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada and all they have accomplished at the their positions and the fact that each has 5 world series rings and each played an invaluable part of the Yankee Dynasty of both the late 90’s and the current Yankee dynasty (and do not be fooled people, we are in the midst of another one)

Look no further than the numbers, they do not lie. As I stated above Jeter might end up with 4000 hits and his reputation as a leader and a winner alone would qualify him for a plaque. Mariano is the greatest at what he does and I submit we will never see another like him. A post-season ERA of 0.74 , what does that even mean? Mariano was born on planet Krypton, we have had the pleasure of watching superman in pinstripes all these years.

So that leaves us with Jorge and Andy, and like with any good sports debate there will be plenty of those out there that disagree.

Posada might have a leg up here because he is a catcher, there are only 13 catchers in the Hall of Fame. Posada is a 5 time all-star, with a .278 average over 16 seasons , 246 Home Runs, 970 RBIs and over 1500 hits. If Posada stopped playing today and finished with those numbers, his career stats in the above categories would be better than 9 catchers already enshrined in the hall. Couple the numbers with 5 rings and the fact that he looks like he can be productive for another 2-3 seasons easy and hip-hip JORGE should be a lock!!

So that leaves us with Andy Pettitte. The article from CBS 2 made a great comparison; Retired Yankee Mike Mussina is often in the HOF conversation, but if you can mention Mussina as a possible member of the Hall , then Pettitte has to be seriously considered. Andy is currently 232-135  in 16 seasons, with two 21 win seasons under his belt. Modern dat baseball is different from it was 20 years ago and the days of the 300 win pitcher are basically over, and since that is the case new standards for the hall must be established. Andy Pettitte is a winner who will most likely end up with 250 Career wins (which is nothing to sneeze at)

All you need to do is look at the post season for 2009, Pettitte clinched the Division series, the LCS and the World Series. 5 rings and those stats, cm on.

You might have to go back to the Yankee Dynasty of the late 40’s and 50’s to find 4 teammates who all belong in the hall, but that is exactly what we have now. Enjoy it while it lasts!

I’ll see the CORE 4 in Cooperstown!!!

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