Sunday, March 28, 2010

Yanks do well on best of baseball list

The New York Yankees did pretty well on Joel Sherman's annual best of baseball list, which highlights why they will be tough to beat this year. But their cross-town rival Mets didn't fare as well, not surprising considering the year they had.

Mariano Rivera was tops in the closer category for reasons Sherman rightly felt no need to explain. Francisco Rodriguez of the Mets made the top five list, but only because Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan just had season-ending surgery.

CC Sabathia made the top starters list at #4, with the category featuring a nice mix of strong veterans and super-talented youngsters. But New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana just missed the cut, something he wouldn't be happy to hear considering he believes he is still the best pitcher in the National League East, ahead of top starter Roy "Doc" Halladay.

Alex Rodriguez, once considered the best player in baseball, has fallen behind both Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer, but his placement is still pretty good considering his hip surgery and steroids controversy. Even more impressive is that Yankee Captain Derek Jeter, proving the stats geeks still hold limited influence among baseball professionals, and Mark Teixeira both made the honorable mention category of best overall players.

Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.

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