On this week’s episode of MSG’s “The Lineup”, we will look at a position that has numerous greats in the history of New York baseball: right field. Last week, we looked at left field, and again got the best player right in Dave Winfield. Let’s see if we can go 7 for 7 in naming the best position players in the history of New York baseball!

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  1. Babe Ruth – New York Yankees (1920-1934) There are any list of reasons as to why Babe Ruth is not only the best right fielder, but the best player in the history of baseball. Here are a few of them. He was a two-time All-Star, a seven-time World Series champion, the 1923 American League MVP, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1936, just one year after he retired. He was also named the best player of all-time, according to the Sporting News and ESPN.Besides being a great power slugger, Babe Ruth was also a dominant pitcher, going 94-46 with a 2.28 ERA.
    Career Stats: .342 BA, 714 HRs, 2217 RBIs, 2873 hits, .690 slugging percentage (MLB Record)
  2. Reggie Jackson – New York Yankees (1977-1981) Out of all of the Yankees’ greats, to be nicknamed “Mr. October” is quite the honor, and he deserves it. He hit five home runs in the 1977 World Series. Also, he was a fourteen-time All-Star, a five-time World Series Champion, a two-time Silver Slugger, the 1973 American League MVP, and a two-time World Series MVP. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993
    Career Stats: .262 BA, 563 HRs, 1702 RBIs, 2584 hits
    Why he’s not higher: I’m not sure if I would put anyone, regardless of position, higher than Babe Ruth on any list.
  3. Mel Ott – New York Giants (1926-1947) “Master Melvin” played all 21 of his seasons in New York for the Giants, something which doesn’t happen too often. Also, he led the Giants in home runs for 18 straight years. He also was a twelve-time All-Star, a World Series Champion, and was inducted into Cooperstown in 1951.
    Career Stats: .304 BA, 511 HRs, 1860 RBIs, 2876 hits, .947 OPS
    Why he’s not higher: His home runs total may have been inflated due to playing at the Polo Grounds, infamous for their short porches. I don’t buy the argument, considering how much easier it is to hit a home run now.
  4. Darryl Strawberry – New York Mets (1983-1990), New York Yankees (1995-1999) For a player with the immense talent of Darryl Strawberry, he still had a career where you can’t help but ask yourself “What if?” due to his drug abuse and colon cancer. Still, with a little more than half the career at bats of Babe Ruth, he still reeled off impressive numbers. He was an eight-time All-Star, a four-time World Series Champion, a two-time Silver Slugger, and was the 1983 National League Rookie of the Year.
    Career Stats: .259 BA, 335 HRs, 1000 RBIs
    Why he’s not higher: Again, the what ifs? If he stayed healthy, he would have easily had 500 career home runs.
  5. Roger Maris – New York Yankees (1960-1966) How could we leave off the player who had the most single-season home runs that hasn’t been involved with any controversies? He will be forever remembered in Yankee folklore for his accomplishments in 1961. He was a four-time All-Star, a three-time World Series Champion, a two-time American League MVP, and a Gold Glover.
    Career Stats: .260, 275 HRs, 851 RBIs
    Why he’s not higher: He only broke 30 home runs in a season twice (1960, 1961)

What do you think of our list? Who would you have possibly put on the list? Be sure to check out “The Lineup” Tuesday night at 10:30 PM on MSG!