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When Derek Jeter’s No. 2 jersey gets officially retired before the Yankees’ game against the Astros onSunday night, it will be a monumental moment forMonument Park. It means that no current or future Yankee can sport anumber from No. 1 to 9on his namele s pinstriped or grey back ever again.Jeter will be thelast of those all-time great Bronx Bombersto be honored that way,but he’s certainly not the least. In a group of four outfielders, two catchers, two managers and afirst baseman, Jeter will be the first and onlysingle-digit shortstop to earn the Yankees’ ultimate individualtribute.MORE: Derek Jeter: A career in photosThat the game hasone of the hottest and most expensive tickets of the season speaks to how beloved “The Captain”is as the best modern Yankee. But where he does Jeterrankamong the single-digit legends in team history?1) Babe Ruth: No. 3Ruth still holds the best WAR (wins above replacement) in MLB history. There’s no battle here vs. any other Yankee, even though, you know, he also played for the Red Sox.2) Lou Gehrig: No. https://www.rangersedges.com/texas-rangers/russell-wilson-jersey 4Today, and any day, consider “The Iron Horse”the cla siest Yankee to ever grace the face of the earth not named Jeter. Gehrig literally cleaned up behind Ruth, and he was New York through and through.3) Mickey Mantle: No. 7There’s not much to nick at “The MIck” being in this sweet spot in the order. Three MVPs, seven World Series titles and 20 All-Star game appearances will do that. He was a fixture in the ’50s,’60s the way Jeter was in the ’90s, aughts and ’10s.4) Joe DiMaggio: No. 5The Yankee Clipper would be ahead of Mantle if not for the latter’s longevity. DiMaggio did dominate along with rivalTed Williams in their seasons not lost to serving in World War II. In terms of alwayslovable celebrity status (sorry, A-Rod), nobody has been better sincethan Jeter.5) Derek Jeter: No. 2Yeah, Jeets is indeed the next Yankee up after the Monumental Rushmore. WAR, what is good for? Learning that Jeter ranks No. 88, orafter Ruth (No. 1), Gehrig (No. 18), Mantle (No. 21), DiMaggio (No. 68), as the next highest longest-time Yankee.Sure, therecency bias and that biggermodern media marketinggives Nolan Ryan Jersey him some overhype. But the Captain’s credentials, including those 3,465 hits (No. 6 all-time) and five World Series wins in the wild-card era are impre sive in relation to some inflated stars (sorry, A-Rod) in the steroid era. It’s kind of nice that like the origin for Ruth andGehrig,Jeter’s number also reflects his most frequent, iconic spot in the Yankees’ lineup.MORE: Photos from Derek Jeter’s final home game6) Yogi Berra: No. 8″The future ain’t what is used to be” isn’t something the late great catcher and life sage would say about Jeter. It was very tough to seperate Jeter from a wise backstopwho racked up 13 World Series titles and three MVPs during his 18 seasons with the Yankees. That’s especially true given both led winning teams so well for so long while manningoneof the game’s most demanding defensive positions.But it ain’t over until we discu s offense, and Berra is 100 spots lower (No. 188) in WAR at 59.4 vs. Jeter’s71.9. Berra had more career home runs (358 to 260)and RBIs (1,430 to 1,311), while Jeter had all those hits and the average edge (.310 to .285). You can read about 100 other lists like this where Yogiis ahead, but we’re with Jeets.7) Bill Dickey: No. 8It’s appropriate that Dickey shares the number with Berra, because he preceded him as the Yankees’ great catcher, ending his career as Berra’s player-manager in 1946. It’s easy to underrateDickey like many of Jeter’s best teammates because he played on seven World Series winners with teammates such as Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio. He also wasat a Yankees position where Berra,Thurman Munson (No. 15),Jorge Posada (No. 20) and Elston Howard (No. 32)all got theirnumbers retired aswell. On this list, however, this is Dickey’srightful place.8) Joe Torre: No.https://www.rangersedges.com/texas-rangers/adrian-beltre-jersey6This is all about the peak of his managerial succe s as a Brooklyn kid making great in the Bronx. A slightly above-average manager withthe Braves, Cardinals and later the Dodgers, Torre took over the Yankees at the right time in ’96when Jeter explodedon the scene asAL Rookie of the Year. They won four World Series and six AL pennants in the first eight of Torre’s 12 glorious seasons.9) Roger Maris: No. 9If Jeter and Mantlewerethe long-shiningfavorite suns, then Maris would be the supernova of this list. He was the best Yankee and American Leagueplayer during his back-to-back MVP seasons of ’60 and ’61, culminating with his still AL record 61 home runs. It was brief dominance during a limitedcareer that falls well short of the Hall of Fame, but those memorablemoments Maris providedwere Monument worthy.10) Billy Martin: No. 1Martin is the only head-scratcher, as it’s a highly emotional, marginally rational choice for a low retired number. Martin being in for eight managerial seasons highlighted by two AL pennants and one World Seriesmaytake a littleaway from the true greatne s of the selections above. It also opened the floodgates for the Yanke s to be more (too?) liberal with the honor.That’s alsoexactlywhy Jeter is the top five: Both theemotional and rational add up to magical and beautiful (sorry, A-Rod).

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