Are the yanks the best team ever?Mar 1, 2001 Write an essay on this topic.
The Bottom Line Are they the good ole yanks, or the damn yankees? YOur choice.
Were the 1998 Yankees the greatest ever? All across the country, in chat rooms, on message boards, on sports radio and TV talk shows, and out in public places, people debate which single-season team was the greatest in baseball history. And after the 1998 season, the debate has risen to new heights, as it is now stronger than ever.
The 1998 NY Yankees have just about ONE team to compete with: The 1927 NY Yankees. That team had Babe Ruth bombing 60 home runs, a mark so high at the time that it was thought almost un-real. What is the basic argument that today's fans use to claim that their team is the best? That today's Yankees have far better pitching. But I haven't heard many arguments in FAVOR of the 27 Yanks, so here's one. The 1927 Yankees had their remarkable offense in the DEAD BALL ERA. Didn't see that one coming, did ya? What, don't believe me? Let's examine the teams against each other...and keep in mind that back in 1927 pitching wasn't as important to a team's success as it is now...The 1927 Yankees starters were like this:
C- P. Collins
1B- L. Gehrig
2B- T. Lazzeri
3B- J. Dugan
SS- M. Koenig
OF- B. Meusel, E. Combs and B. Ruth
Only two star players really, Gehrig and Ruth. Ruth hit 60 home runs that year, Gehrig hit a very high 47 that year also. Those Yankees finished with 110 wins. These Yankees finished with 114. So, you think that 4 more wins seals it? Think again... The 27 Yanks had 110, which was 16 more than the second-best team, Pittsburgh, which finished at 94-60. The 98 Yanks had 114, only 8 more than the second-best team, Atlanta, they finished at 106-56.
Think about this: the combined batting average of the 1927 NY Yankees STARTING PLAYERS was a WHOPPING .320! That is unheard of EVEN today! A player batting .320 is considered a good hitter, and team batting .320? They're called the greatest team ever! The 1998 NY Yankees starting players batting average?
And about that argument in favor of the 1998 Yankees: "The 98 Yanks had far betting pitching." Oh really? Maybe better, but not by much! The ERA of the seven major pitchers of the 27 Yankees? 3.30 - very good by today's standards. The 98 Yankees? 3.37. And yes, I DID choose the top 7 pitchers from the 98 Yankees: Irabu, Rivera, Mendoza, Cone, Wells, O. Hernandez and Pettite. And don't try to say Jeff Neslon is better than any of those pitchers. So, the stats show that not only do the 27 Yankees blow away the 98 Yankees in offense, wins back then had more value, and their pitching is just as good. Oh and by the way, the 27 Yankees top 5 starters had an AVERAGE of 18 wins! Any arguments?
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