His 56-game hit streak was probably the most impressive baseball feat ever, but DiMaggio’s greatness goes beyond that. He made the all-star team every single year in the bigs, earned three AL MVP awards, and had one of the cleanest careers — front to back — that the game has ever seen. His .325/.398/.579 career slash says a lot about what he accomplished. If this team was assembled, Joltin’ Joe would be a shoe-in for the left field starting nod.
Mickey Mantle was a once-in-a-century kind of talent. There is no need to explain why he would be the one between Joe DiMaggio and Babe Ruth. If you want a sample of his best output, though, take a look at 1956 — his age 24 season. The Mick smashed 52 homers, drove in 130 runs, and slashed .353/.464/.705, winning the triple crown and the AL MVP.
His backup, Bernie Williams, is one of the most overshadowed players in Yankees history. Hidden behind the “Core Four,” he was one of the most consistent and clutch individuals the organization has witnessed. If Mantle ever needed a breather, the opposition would feel the Bern.
This is a right field depth chart you just don’t see. On one hand, you have the greatest player of all-time. On another hand, you have the man holding the clean single-season home run record. In the third slot, out of pure desperation, you have one of the most prolific power hitters in history and Mr. October — thanks to his three homers in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. Sure, Babe Ruth, his .342/.474/.690 slash, and his 714 career homers earn the everyday reps, but the depth cannot possibly become more stellar.