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The clubhouse pecking order

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 09, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I have no idea why I notice things like this, but every time the Yankees go on the road, I notice which players are positioned next to empty lockers. It’s a sign of respect in visiting clubhouses where there are more lockers than players. The veterans and the superstars are often given lockers with an empty locker next to them. It’s a little extra space for the players’ stuff, a small gesture of respect.

In Texas, there were five empty lockers in the clubhouse.

One was between Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. One was between Mark Teixeira and Jorge Posada. One was between Mariano Rivera and Andruw Jones. One was between CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. One was between Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon.

Different clubhouse managers seem to make different decisions, but it’s about both seniority and status. Obviously Robinson Cano is now a bigger name and a better player than Jones, but there’s a lot of respect Jones’ career regardless of who and what he is today.

My question is, what’s your Empty Locker pecking order? If there’s only one open locker, who gets it, and how many would there need to be for Ramiro Pena to get one?

I don’t know how exactly the clubhouse guys make their decisions, but my list would lean primarily on veteran status, with occasional exceptions based on current status and current role.

Here’s my attempt.

1. Mariano Rivera
2. Derek Jeter
3. Jorge Posada
4. Alex Rodriguez
5. CC Sabathia
6. Mark Teixiera
7. A.J. Burnett
8.
Andruw Jones
9. Bartolo Colon
10. Robinson Cano
11. Freddy Garcia
12. Rafael Soriano
13. Nick Swisher
14. Curtis Granderson
15. Russell Martin
16. Joba Chamberlain
17. Brett Gardner
18. Dave Robertson
19. Boone Logan
20. Francisco Cervelli
21. Ivan Nova
22. Buddy Carlyle
23. Ramiro Pena
24. Eduardo Nunez
25. Lance Pendleton

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