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Monument Park and Yankees History – The Candidates, Part 5

The Candidates for Monument Part, Part 5

by James Vlietstra

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As I continue my deep look at who deserves to be in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park:

Lee MacPhail, Scouting Director/ GM Member of the Hall-of-Fame. He spent over 20 years in the front office. The team won 7 World Series during his tenure. Grade: 3

Hideki Matsui, OF (46-years-old) Spent 7 years as a Yankees. Was a 2-time All-Star. Was World Series MVP in his one championship win. Grade: 3

Gil McDougald, IF Spent his entire 10 year career with the Yankees. Rookie of the Year winner. 6-time All-Star and 5-time World Series winner. Ranks are mostly in the top 35 in most offensive categories. Grade: 4

Frank Messer, Announcer Spent 18 years as the Yankees announcer. Grade: 5

Bob Meusel, OF Spent 10 years as a Yankees. Was a 3-time World Series winner. Was also a season Home Run champ. He was the original number #5 batter hitting behind Ruth and Gehrig. Top 20 in batting average, SLG, OPS, Hits, Total Bases, Doubles, Triples, Stolen Bases, and RBI. Grade: 6

Gene Michael, SS/Coach/Mgr/GM He held every position in the organization. He assembled the dynasty of the 90s. Grade: 8

Johnny Mize, 1B Member of the Hall-of-Fame. Played for the Yankees for five seasons and they won the World Series each year. 2 time All-Star. Grade: 4

Bobby Murcer, OF/Announcer Spent 13 years as a Yankees. Was a 4 time All-Star and Gold Glove winner. He then spent nearly 2 decades in the broadcast booth. He ranks in the top 35 in most offensive categories. Beloved by fans as a player and an announcer. Grade: 10

Johnny Murphy, P Spent 12 years with the Yankees. Interrupted during World War II. He was a 3-time All-Star and 7-time World Series winner. Grade: 6

Mike Mussina, P (51-years-old) Member of the Hall-of-Fame. Spent 8 years with the Yankees. 3 time Gold Glove winner. He is top ten in WAR and strikeouts. Grade: 7

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