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Top Nine All-Time All-NYC MLB lineup

Last week in this space, we here at The Niner looked at a potential all-time Yankees lineup made up solely of current and former pinstripers born and/or raised within the footprint of the franchise. There were a couple of obvious choices, a few interesting ones and one where we basically flipped a coin - so then, how easy or hard must it be to create the same New York-based lineup if you opened it up league-wide?

Using the same set of criteria as last week, we've undertaken that challenge, so you're about to find out. And, once again, if you feel we've overlooked something obvious, let us know below!

  • JOE MEDWICK
    Rocky Colavito was our Yankees-only right fielder, and as a true RF, he has a good case here; however, despite Medwick being mostly a left fielder, we're feeling a little "Ducky" for the Carteret, NJ native who had a much higher career average and was an extra-base hit machine throughout his prime.
  • WEE WILLIE KEELER
    Late-1800s speedster Billy Hamilton appears to have better numbers overall than Keeler, but if you count only the American and National Leagues, Wee Willie is still the strongest of the bunch for our money, if only because we love the "Baltimore Chop" that he perfected so much.
  • CARL YASTRZEMSKI
    He's a Boston legend, but Yaz was born and raised in The Hamptons before slugging his way to a 23-year Hall of Fame career. Eighteen-time All-Stars who are eighth all-time in hits and have 452 career home runs don't grow on trees, but he's not even the all-time best hitter on this list, because…
  • DEREK JETER
    …The Captain is on it too. Jeter was obviously on our Yankees-only list, he's a no-brainer here, and at the risk of spoiling it, he's going to be here next week when we do a current players only list. Why? Because he's Derek Jeter, that's why.
  • 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.
  • EDDIE COLLINS
    Want speed and defense and clutch hitting up the middle? How about a Hall of Famer who is Top 10 all-time in both hits and stolen bases? That's Tarrytown native Eddie Collins, who also had 1,300 RBI (fifth among Empire Staters) in his career despite hitting just 47 homers.
  • LOU GEHRIG
    The "Iron Horse" and his .340 career average seem like a second-term no-brainer, although competition was a little heavier this time around thanks to guys like Hank Greenberg and Roger Conner. Still, we can't go away from Gehrig, for obvious reasons.
  • JOE TORRE
    Torre is already beloved in Yankee lore for his managerial stint, but a playing career that has him 10th in homers and 12th in RBI all-time among New York-born players ain't too shabby, either. Smithtown-born Craig Biggio would be a great choice too, but his time at second base and in center field hurts here.
  • JIM PALMER/JOHN FRANCO
    We had to select both a starter and a reliever here, because with Manhattan-born Palmer (268 wins, 2.86 ERA) and Brooklyn-born Franco (fourth all-time with 424 saves) in your stable, you might not need any middle relievers for a one-game scenario.
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