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10,000 Words: Greatest Yankees Not in Monument Park

by Paul Semendinger

November 27, 2023


Here are the Top 10 Yankees Position Players (by WAR) Who Are Not In Monument Park:

1. Alex Rodriguez (54.0 WAR, 8th All-Time)

2. Roy White (46.9 WAR, 11th All-Time)

3. Tony Lazzeri (46.4 WAR, 12th All-Time)

4. Earle Combs (45.0 WAR, 14th All-Time)

5/6. Robinson Cano & Graig Nettles (Tie) (44.4 WAR, 15th All-Time)

7. Brett Gardner (44.3 WAR, 17th All-Time)

8. Charlie Keller (42.5 WAR, 19th All-Time)

9. Gil McDougald (40.7 WAR, 23rd All-Time)

NOTE: Aaron Judge has accumulated 41.5 WAR ranking ahead of McDougald, but he is still active)

10. Tommy Henrich (39.5 WAR, 24th All-Time)


Lincoln Mitchell
Lincoln Mitchell
Nov 27, 2023

Tony Lazzeri attended the same high school as Joe DiMaggio. A famous athlete of a less sterling reputation who graduated from that school is OJ Simpson. The current mayor of San Francisco is also an alum. The school is called Galileo, but known by pretty much everybody as simply Gal.


Nov 27, 2023

Don't believe A-Rod will be in Monument Park... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Mike Whiteman
Nov 27, 2023

That Combs picture is one of my favorite. He definitely should be in Monument Park.

I‘m a big Charlie Keller fan for the Park. What a great player he was before an age-30 back injury took away his power. A consistent 6-WAR per year player beforehand. Great postseason performer too.

Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Nov 28, 2023
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Nov 27, 2023

Earl Combs should be in Monument Park. I really like Graig Nettles, he was my favorite Yankee as a kid, but he played only half of his career as a Yankee. I have a soft spot for Tommy Henrich, but he was never dominant. ARod and Cano made their own beds. The rest were great Yankees, but not quite good enough for enshrinement in Monument Park.

Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Nov 27, 2023
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Being present is a skill and White worked hard to always be in shape.

His WAR, as much as you would like to diminish it is better than all but 10 players in the history of the Yankees franchise. That is more than impressive.

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