Yankees Question of the Day – December 16, 2011

Periodically throughout the Yankees offseason, I will be posting various, random questions to ignite some discussion and hopefully debates on your opinions. Please use the comments section below to answer the following question:

If you could pick one retired player from the Yankees dynasty of the late 90’s/early 00’s to help the Yankees next season, who would it be and why?

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  • wciappetta

    I’ll have to choose two players from the nineties.  First option must be Scott Brocious. when it comes to clutch hitting you would hard pressed to find a better one than Brocious.  The guy could play every aspect of third including fielding a bunt. His performance would certainly have lifted the Yankees last year in the playoffs.

    Secondly,  David Cone well need i say anymore?

    That would have make all the difference last year and led to winning a world series

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.capozzi Brian Capozzi

      Thanks for the response. Fair points… Brosius was extremely clutch (’98 World Series – need we say more); however, personally, there are a few other players I would choose over Brosius AND Cone.  I was and still am a huge Coney fan.  With the current situation that Yankees are in from a pitching perspective, this would be a great choice! I am still think about my choice and will comment when I have thought it through.

  • Gregory Scott

    Well, our number one need is starting pitching.  For that reason, I would take Andy Pettitte.  To me, its an easy decision.  A proven winner in the regular season, and the playoffs.  Pettitte knew how to end losing streaks – and just a down right, gamer!

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.capozzi Brian Capozzi

      I would say Pettitte, but is he technically ‘retired’? LOL

  • Jbmerrill2

    Three names immediately come to mind for the timeframe 1995-2003.  Number one is Andy Pettitte, number two is David Wells, and number three is Mike Mussina.  If they were in the form that they pitched in in that era, I would welcome EITHER to the present day club.

  • Jamiehop_26

    My pick would Paul O’Neil. Even though he didn’t come up as clutch as Tino, Scotty or Jeter, his expectation to get a hit everytime up to bat was infectious. The man played baseball with a chip on his shoulder and his play is what, in my opinion, was the embodiment of what the New York Yankees were back then. I know you can say this for a lot of players, the fact that you can say this about a lot of players just goes to show how equal we really were across the board at this time, but without Paul O’Neil we don’t win has many rings as we did.

  • Mikeantoniottisr

    Andy Petitte – the most competitive Yankee pitcher of all time besides Gator and Catfish. Trying to replace him may be impossible but the guy we missed on that comes the closest to his demeanor is Mark Buerhrle. Without another big lefty the Yanks may just run a repeat of 2011. If this question of the day has meaning for 2012; the real question now is how and where do we find a lefty starter that will keep right field from becoming a force against us? I’m surprised the Yankees are now watching their wallet when they are one key lefty starter away from their 28th World Championship.

    • Gregory Scott

      im hoping, and actually thing this will happen – but i see Banuelos coming up next year, and contributing, and if all goes well – look for him to be on the post season roster. i agree with the need for a lefty starter – i just thing we already have him.  Look for a Matt Moore type call up.

  • Marc Smilow

    Would Joe Torre count…   

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gershon-Rabinowitz/734543840 Gershon Rabinowitz

    Tino Martinez, because of his intensity and his persistence to win.