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The Tuesday Discussion: The Yankees' Second Mount Rushmore

July 2, 2024

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This week, we asked our writers to respond to the following:


It is pretty well established that the Yankees' "Mount Rushmore" consists of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle.  


Four years ago, in this column, we asked who the next four would be, the Yankees' second "Mount Rushmore." A lot has changed since then - would Aaron Judge now be on the Yankees' second Mount Rushmore?


Which four Yankees are the next greatest of all time?  Who makes up the Yankees' second Mount Rushmore?


Here are their replies -

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Paul Semendinger - For a team as storied as the Yankees, with a reputation for greatness and a brand built on championships, Aaron Judge still lacks a ring - or, many rings.


My Second Mount Rushmore for the Yankees would be:

  • Mariano Rivera

  • Yogi Berra

  • Derek Jeter

  • Whitey Ford


Judge is great. He's already eleventh all-time in WAR (position players) for the Yankees. By the end of his career, he could be in the Top 5. He might get a second MVP in 2024. He is an amazing player. But, he's not yet a Top 8 Yankee of All Time.

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Lincoln Mitchell - My next tier Yankees Mount Rushmore would be: Yogi Berra, Thurman Munson, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera. Judge is close but he needs to be part of a World Series winner or put up a few more great years first. That is not a criticism of Judge who is the best Yankees hitter since Mantle.

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Cary Greene - For me, the Yankees second Mount Rushmore is presently made up of Derek Jeter, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and Mariano Rivera. Red Ruffing, Willie Randolph, Andy Pettite, Bernie Williams, Ron Guidry and Thurman Munson are also part of Mount Rushmore 3.0 and 4.0 and in time, after it's all said and done, Aaron Judge may ascend the peak of the Yankees Mount Rushmore lists. Because Thurman Munson's career was cut short and because he was the heart and soul of Yankees squads that revitalized the championship pedigree of the franchise, I place Munson on Mount Rushmore 3.0 and as for Judge, if he can stay healthy and win a few championships, he'll go down as close to a modern day Babe Ruth as any Yankee will ever be. 


Part of being an all-time great Yankee involves winning championships, for it is championships won that immortalizes Yankees legends. 

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Mike Whiteman - Winning has historically been the Yankees' DNA. As great a player Judge is, I think he needs to play for a World Series winner to move up among the greats. 


My second Yankee Mount Rushmore is somewhat changed from my 2020 selections. Am I getting wiser? 

  • Yogi Berra

  • Derek Jeter

  • Mariano Rivera

  • Whitey Ford

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Tim Kabel - My choices for the second Mount Rushmore for the Yankees would be the following players: Yogi  Berra, Derek Jeter, Whitey Ford, and Mariano Rivera. Yogi Berra was a Hall of Fame catcher. He won 10 World Series rings as a player and two more as a coach. Derek Jeter won five World Series rings. Whitey Ford was the best starting pitcher in Yankees’ history. Mariano Rivera was the greatest closer who ever played the game.

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13 comentários


mikemarinelli54
03 de jul.

Agree with the consensus.

In order: Yogi, Jeter, Whitey, Mo.

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etbkarate
03 de jul.

One player for sure has to be on it. Thurman Munson.

Curtir

fantasyfb3313
02 de jul.

i think Randolph deserves more respect in this discussion. i DO NOT see him on the second monument, but he should definitely be ahead of other names that have been placed in the discussion.

Curtir

fantasyfb3313
02 de jul.

now that i made my initial comment and looked at all the other comments (both in the main body and the comment section) I am reminded again that Red Ruffing is much better than i ever knew and probably deserves consideration in my argument between Whitey and Guidry. Jeff to your qualifier about being basically born a yankee, Ruffing was not. but he was not particularly good until he became a yankee. so maybe like Holmes, he was not born a yankee, but he was reborn a yankee.


beyond that the common answer is Mariano, Jeter, Yogi, and Whitey. those are most commonly the players ranked 5-8 in any Yankees all time rankings, so i guess it makes sense tha…

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yankeerudy
02 de jul.
Respondendo a

Then I guess it becomes a question on which order 5-8 are in, and what Judge might need to do to pass #8.


My sense of the order would be Yogi, Mo, Jeter, and Whitey.

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fantasyfb3313
02 de jul.

i tried to go quickly past everything written after the question, so as not to see anyone I had forgotten or be influenced in any way. i still caught some names even sprinting past but they did not change my thoughts at all. also, I did not see this question the first time around. so, here are my uninfluenced thoughts

to me, I believe Mariano is a LOCK. it gets quite hard after that!!


i do feel like Yogi and Jeter are probably at the top of the remaining group. all of our previous discussions and ANY ranking we could find would seem to support that!


i have already written it in other places here that barring horrible events, Judge…


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