Young studs from the Bronx all the down to Queens. Today, we rank the most valuable assets that account for New York Yankees and Mets baseball.
Quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, point guard of the Los Angeles Lakers, centerfielder for the New York Yankees represent three of the more famed positions in professional sports history. That last one, particularly, comes loaded with legendary names such as Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio.
More than position, think city. Think five boroughs. Think the Big Apple. Think of the one sport that dominates this area and has done so in such a fine fashion for over 100 years.
It’s Baseball in New York, so important that positions don’t matter. Representing that top city player does while representing either the Yankees or Mets.
Luckily for us, there are no shortages of great ballplayers at the current moment. Instead of looking at it from a “top player” point of view, we’re going a little askew: the most valuable assets.
Baseball is a much different game than it was even a decade ago. While the top-notch starting pitchers are incredibly valuable, it’s only because the position as a whole has declined. Never have starters pitched fewer innings and never have they been this unhealthy as a whole.
Just take a gander at the Mets. Sandy Alderson’s heavy rotation building club has fallen hard while positional-playing rebuilds in Chicago with the Cubs and in Houston have resulted in the last two World Series champs.
That young everyday gem makes all the difference in the world. It’s good news for the Yankees, terrible news for the team who makes its living in Flushing, Queens.
Here are the most valuable assets in New York City baseball: