2005-04-02T09:32:57.130-08:00Hideki Matsui and MVP may not go well in the same sentence, but Godzilla has proved to be a great addition to the yankees in the left field spot. A three-time Central League Most Valuable Player and home run champion while playing in his native Japan, Hideki found immediate success in his first season in the United States. Hideki's 106 RBI led American League rookies and were the most by a New York Yankees rookie since Joe DiMaggio in 1936. Hideki ranked second among AL outfielders with 13 assists and was eighth in the league with 42 doubles. After making the All-Star Game in his first season, Hideki finished with 16 home runs, 106 RBI and a .287 average while appearing in all 163 games for the Yankees. He started 110 games in left field and 46 in center field. This guy could be huge in the future. Keep an eye out for him.
2005-04-01T21:10:25.160-08:00Derek Sanderson Jeter, DJ, Mr. November, whatever you call him, this guy is phenomenal. Whether it's his 1994 Minor League Player of the Year, 1996 Rookie of the Year, All-Star 1998-2002, 2004, All-Star Game MVP in 2000, World Series MVP of 2000, or his Gold Glove Award in 2004, DJ is the main man at the shortstop position. This New York Yankees team captain has a lifetime .285 batting average, 201 stolen bases, and 1734 hits. Pretty impressive numbers, eh? Jeter also went from 56 errors for Rookie League Greensboro in 1993 to a combined 65 errors over the last four years.As far as shortstops go, Nomar's old news, A-Rod (now Jeter's teammate as i'm sure you all know) has switched over to 3rd base, so that just about puts Jeter at the top of my list. I see Jeter as one of the biggest threats at the position, both in the field and at the plate.
2005-04-01T18:55:54.900-08:00"Our good depends on how close to November we get," said Torre when asked how good he thought his team was. "This time of year, we assume we're good enough to get to the postseason because our pitching is deeper. You can't get yourself caught up and think it's a no-brainer to get to the postseason. Hopefully we don't forget what it takes to get there."
2005-04-01T20:22:12.736-08:00Newly acquired Randy Johnson, or The Big Unit, is expected to have a blowout year. With the monster pitching staff of the Yankees, they now have made the path the being the World Champions a little more clear. Randy Johnson completed the 2004 season with a 16-14 record, and a 2.60 ERA. He ended up smoking an impressive 290 batters out of the box. With the support of Kevin Brown, Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano, Tom Gordon, and the vampire, he should have a Cy Young calibour season. The opening night start sounds like a piece of cake to Randy Johnson. "Randy Johnson isn't naive enough to believe that Sunday night will feel like any other start." (David J Phillip/AP)
2005-04-01T18:20:41.300-08:00The 2005 World Champion lineup:40-Man RosterPitchersB/THtWtDOB* 43 Jason AndersonL/R6-019006/09/79* 71 Colter BeanR/R6-625501/16/7727 Kevin BrownR/R6-422003/14/65* 60 Jorge De PaulaR/R6-116011/10/7836 Tom GordonR/R5-1019011/18/67* 63 Sean HennR/L6-520004/23/8141 Randy JohnsonR/L6-1023009/10/6331 Steve KarsayR/R6-321503/24/72* 64 Sam MarsonekR/R6-622507/10/7835 Mike MussinaL/R6-218512/08/6845 Carl PavanoR/R6-524001/08/76* 40 Scott ProctorR/R6-120001/02/7748 Paul QuantrillL/R6-120011/03/68* 66 Ramon RamirezR/R5-1119008/31/8142 Mariano RiveraR/R6-218511/29/6947 Felix RodriguezR/R6-120012/05/72* 70 Edwardo SierraR/R6-318504/15/8229 Mike StantonL/L6-121506/02/6756 Tanyon SturtzeR/R6-520010/12/70* 76 Chien-Ming WangR/R6-320003/31/8033 Jaret WrightR/R6-223012/29/75CatchersB/THtWtDOB17 John FlahertyR/R6-119510/21/67* -- Wil NievesR/R5-1119009/25/7720 Jorge PosadaS/R6-220508/17/71InfieldersB/THtWtDOB* 72 Robinson CanoL/R6-017510/22/82* 39 Felix EscalonaR/R6-019503/12/7925 Jason GiambiL/R6-323501/08/712 Derek JeterR/R6-319506/26/7424 Tino MartinezL/R6-223012/07/67* 59 Andy PhillipsR/R6-020504/06/7713 Alex RodriguezR/R6-322507/27/7514 Rey SanchezR/R5-917010/05/6712 Tony WomackL/R5-917009/25/69OutfieldersB/THtWtDOB19 Bubba CrosbyL/L5-1118508/11/7655 Hideki MatsuiL/R6-223006/12/7411 Gary SheffieldR/R6-020511/18/6851 Bernie WilliamsS/R6-220509/13/68Designated HittersB/THtWtDOB28 Ruben SierraS/R6-121510/06/65*= not on active roster[...]