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Turning Two With New York’s Greatest Shortstops

1. Derek Jeter (1995-present) – What more can you say about this slam-dunk future Hall of Famer who is the only player to get 3,000 hits (and counting) wearing pinstripes, led his team to five championships (so far), is a 13-time All-Star, a 5-time Gold Glove and Silver Slugger winner, 1996 AL Rookie of the Year and 2000 World Series MVP?

2. Phil Rizzuto (1941-1956) –The diminutive middle infielder was known for having great hands, having turned 1,217 double-plays, second only to fellow Baseball Hall of Famer Luke Appling. Likewise, his career field average of .968 is second only to the great Lou Boudreau. Considered one of the game’s greatest bunters, the man nicknamed Scooter was the 1950 AL MVP and no less than Ted Williams was quoted as saying that if Rizzuto had played for the Red Sox, they would have won all the games they lost to the Yankees.

3. Pee Wee Reese (1940-1942, 1946-1958) – A 10-time All-Star, Hall of Famer Reese won two championships with the Dodgers, one in Brooklyn as a player in 1955 and one after the move to Los Angeles as a coach in 1959. While the Little Colonel ranks in the Top 10 all-time in putouts and double plays, it was the stand he took in support of his friend Jackie Robinson as he was breaking baseball’s color barrier that impresses more than any stats Reese put up.

4. Bud Harrelson (1965-1977) – The much beloved Met became the face of the franchise, played on the 1969 championship team, was a coach on the 1986 championship squad, won a Gold Glove in 1971, made a pair of All-Star Game appearances (1970 and 1971), managed the Amazins (1990 and 1991) and got into an infamous dust-up with Pete Rose during the 1973 National League Championship Series.

5. Jose Reyes (2003-2011) – The book is still being written on brand-new Toronto Blue Jay Reyes, but during his time in Flushing, he proved to be one of the most exciting players in franchise history. Blessed with jaw-dropping speed, the Dominican middle infielder was a four-time All-Star, led the major leagues in triples three times, also topping the National League in stolen bases for a trio of seasons. At the plate, he won a controversial NL batting champion in 2011 and despite a propensity for injury, is the New York Mets’ all-time leader in triples and swiped bags.

6. Travis Jackson (1922-1936) – A New York Giant for the duration of his 14-year career, Jackson survived bouts of mumps, appendicitis and influenza to become one of that era’s best-fielding shortstops. The Baseball Hall of Famer batted over .300 six times, was a 1934 All-Star, played for four pennant-winning teams and was a 1933 World Series champ.

7. Tony Kubek (1957-1965) – Even though his playing career only lasted nine years, Kubek was the 1957 Rookie of the Year, a four-time All-Star, won three World Series championships and started 37 World Series games. His work in the television later won him a 2009 Ford C. Frick Awarded bestowed on broadcasters by the Baseball Hall of Fame.

8. Frank Crosetti (1932-1948) – The epitome of the term “Lifetime Yankee,” Crosetti spent 17 years with the franchise as a player and an additional 20 seasons as a coach. During his time on the field, the California native won eight World Series championships (with an additional 11 as a coach), was a two-time All-Star, led the league in stolen bases once, plate appearances twice, getting hit by a pitch eight times and was considered a master of the hidden ball trick.

9. George Davis (1893-1901, 1903) – You have to go all the way back to the dead ball era to learn about New York Giant middle infielder George Davis. The Hall of Famer put up nine consecutive .300 plus season, scored more than 100 runs in five seasons and drove in 100 plus RBIs in three seasons and was the National League RBI champ in 1897. Defensively, he led the league in double plays and fielding percentage four times.

10. Rabbit Maranville (1926) – In his 23 years of playing in the National League, (a record later broken by Pete Rose), the Hall of Famer’s only stop in Brooklyn was for a single season when the team was still known as the Robins. It was a rather forgettable season where he played 78 games, got 55 hits and batted .235. On the list for name value/overall career versus his time in a Brooklyn uniform.