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Top Nine All-Time All-NYC Yankees lineup

A few weeks ago, LeBron James made a second "decision," this time deciding to bring his talents back home to Cleveland and return to the Cavaliers. In response to that, one hearty user of image sharing site Imgur.com decided to mock up possible starting lineups for 28 NBA teams (plus the defunct Seattle SuperSonics) if they contained only players born and/or raised in a franchise's geographic footprint.

That gave us a great idea: what would potential Yankees lineups look like if only Big Apple-born or bred were allowed to suit up in pinstripes? Over the next three weeks, we're going to take a look at that very scenario here at The Niner, starting now with an all-time NYC lineup made up of only players who have worn pinstripes.

For this experiment, we've narrowed down the Yankees' footprint to NYC and its surrounding suburbs (including southwestern CT and northeastern NJ), and we've also slotted players into positions using criteria that you would stereotypically find in that position; thus, the corner players will typically be sluggers, the middle leans more towards speed and defense, and the pitcher is an ace.

Going all-time, it's really hard to narrow down some positions, but the beauty of this is that you can tell us in the comments section how bad we messed up. Really, it's okay, we deserve it!

  • ROCKY COLAVITO
    Sure, Colavito played just 39 games (in his final MLB season) in pinstripes, but that's enough to qualify for this list - and his 374 career homers, fourth all-time among New York-born players, is enough to make him our right fielder.
  • WEE WILLIE KEELER
    The man behind "hit 'em where they ain't" sure lived up to his quip, posting a .341 career average and falling just shy of 3,000 hits. He played right field mostly, but with that average and 495 career steals too, the former New York Highlander slots in as our all-time center fielder and lead-off hitter.
  • RAUL IBANEZ
    NYC-born RA-UUUUUUUUUL made himself a New York icon with his epic September and October in 2012, but his career as a whole (300+ home runs, 400+ doubles, 2,000+ hits and 1,200+ RBI) makes him our best choice as a left fielder.
  • DEREK JETER
    Pequannock, New Jersey's own is a no-brainer here, what with being seventh all-time in hits and regarded as possibly the first-ever unanimous Hall of Famer in a few years. No biggie.
  • ALEX RODRIGUEZ
    It's hard to argue with the numbers. Alex Rodriguez has 654 homers and a career .300 batting average and is closing in on 3,000 hits and 2,000 RBI.
  • WILLIE RANDOLPH
    He was born in South Carolina, but Randolph grew up in Brooklyn and finished his 18-year career with 2,120 hits, six All-Star appearances, and one very prestigious stint as co-captain of the Yankees.
  • LOU GEHRIG
    Did you have any doubt that the "Iron Horse" would be here as our first baseman? If you did, then know that among players born in the Empire State, Gehrig is seventh all-time in hits, second in homers, and tops in RBI. Also, seriously, it's Lou Gehrig, do your homework here people.
  • JOHN FLAHERTY
    Rick Cerone gives our own "Flash" a run for his money - and the two would make a fine backstop tandem - but we're giving our starting spot to Flaherty, who may we remind you once again was the man that got the game-winning hit the night Derek Jeter dove into the stands.
  • WHITEY FORD
    Another tough choice between Ford and Waite Hoyt, but because he had a better ERA, a higher winning percentage, and more strikeouts, we're going with the "Chairman of the Board." If you need to add a closer as well, Bayonne-born Joe Borowski (131 saves) is likely your best bet.
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