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Yankees Who Fell Short of Greatness (A Roster)

By Paul Semendinger

January 31, 2024

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Over the last few weeks, we have created some fun lists of players by positions...


Here's another list that it original to our site and one that took a lot of thought to create - a list of prospects or non-stars who were Yankees who I hoped would be great Yankees, but never quite made it.


This is a list of players who didn't achieve stardom as Yankees. It's a list of players who I hoped had bright futures, but who, in the end, didn't. This list doesn't include prospects like Willie McGee or Fred McGriff who became stars elsewhere nor does it list players like Jack Clark who came to the Yankees and weren't as great as I hoped.


These were some of the players I dreamed on, and imaged stardom for, but who, for various reasons, never reached the heights I had hoped for...


C- Jesus Montero

1B- Greg Bird, Kevin Maas

2B- Homer Bush

SS- Andre Robertson, Bobby Meacham

3B- Hensley Meulens/ Miguel Andujar

LF- Dan Pasqua

CF- Gerald Williams

RF- Ruben Rivera

DH- Steve Balboni

P- Charles Hudson, Chuck Cary, Adrian Hernandez, Ted Lilly, Ray Fontenot, Justus Sheffield

RP- Bob Shirley, Phil Coke, Cecilio Guante


As with all these lists, I'm sure there are other players who I forgot. As the readers share their lists, I'll probably update my own. (These have been added to the above and are in italics.)


ENJOY!

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28 Comments


fantasyfb3313
Feb 01

for me there are two that standout above and beyond any others:


I know he does not qualify because he did have a total of about two successful years, but Gary Sanchez broke my heart. I thought he was gonna be a combination of jorge posada and mickey mantle


also, Andujar!! he came up for that game the year before the big rookie year. i am pretty sure he had a double and two singles in his first real shot. just loved his attitude and the way he handled everything. loved the way he handled the yankees trading for the guy from the Dbacks at the end of spring training

just seemed like he had such a mature mental approach…


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Mike Whiteman
Feb 01

How about Sam Militello?

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Jonathan Silverberg
Jonathan Silverberg
Feb 01

Sonny Gray, Joey Gallo, Josh Donaldson, the lefty starter with "filthy stuff" we got from the White Sox (whose name escapes me)

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Jonathan Silverberg
Jonathan Silverberg
Feb 01
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Corrrect...ERA for stint #1: just under 5; ERA for the return: just over 5...combined ERA as a Yank: 5.05.

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Jan 31

Eric Jagielo?

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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Jan 31
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Good one! Yes. He never got real close. But I always wanted him to be great and called King Jagiello.


https://www.centralparknyc.org/locations/king-jagiello

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Jeff Korell
Jeff Korell
Jan 31

The first name that comes to my mind is Shane Spencer. I had SUCH high hopes for him! He got off to an amazing start hitting 10 home runs in just the month of September when he was first called up to the majors including 3 grand slams in a 10 day span.


It is not unusual for players making their major league debut to make an immediate impact as soon as they reach the big leagues because other team's advance scouts haven't seen him yet, and they don't have a book on him yet on how and what to throw him and what his hitting tendencies and weaknesses are. So the pitchers have to GUESS a lot in regar…


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Jeff Korell
Jeff Korell
Jan 31
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Definitely another one! Same thing. Shane Spencer was the second coming of Kevin Maas. Another example of a rookie making his major league debut and the advanced scouts haven't seen him yet so they haven't created a "book" on him yet, on how to pitch to him. The only difference is, it took the advance scouts a lot longer to create a book on Maas than it took for them to create one for many other rookies coming up. Usually, a player is hot for his first 2, 3 or 4 series before the advanced scouts figure him out. With Maas, it took a lot longer. Maas was terrific his entire rookie season, but suffered the "sophomore jinx"…

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