First off, I think it would be a good thing for most of you to go back to the beginning and reread all the blog posts. I think reading the WIN METHOD blog from the beginning is a must for any and all new comers here. It will give you a great perspective on the WIN METHOD and just how great it is.
Now here is a post I made ten years ago on a YANKEE thread in a baseball talk forum. Of course I got bounced from that forum, one of so many. Bounced by people who cannot accept challenge to their foul, corrupt, misleading, and false stats. Trying to get the WIN METHOD philosophy out was a challenge when having to deal with so many very ignorant people. However I found many people at all the forums who wanted something more about baseball than just bad statistics. Why didn't the players with great individual stats help lead their team to wins. What was wrong. I got several suggestions to create a blog about the WIN METHOD. Create the blog and we will come I was told.
I created the WIN METHOD blog two years after the post I will now insert here, and the WIN METHOD blog was started eight years ago. Nothing is edited and the following appears here now just as it was posted ten years ago.
To discuss the WIN you must put aside your previous beliefs about what determines the qualities of a ‘best player’. The WIN METHOD is used by only one team in baseball. The WIN METHOD is designed to select players who meet the qualifications of the WIN METHOD and the needs at any given time of the team. The purpose of the WIN METHOD is to find players who MUST want to play for the team. They MUST want to win the World Series. And they MUST put individual achievements as secondary goals. The one on one interview process asks many questions, the answers given may then bring forth other questions. The WIN METHOD more than anything, is interested in getting into the psyche of the player. I have interviewed players and they don’t even know why they are being interviewed. These interviews have consistently gotten the best results. It is similar to you being interviewed for a job, only you do not know it. We interview soon to be free agents, sometimes as far as a year or more ahead of their free agency. College prospects are interviewed, prospective minor leaguers, and players in different countries. The inroads made in Japan in the past two years will reap benefits for a long time.
Getting to the nitty gritty. The WIN METHOD nor I make any deals or trades or any signings. The WIN METHOD is an evaluation tool as to whether or not a player will help the team succeed. NOT INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS BUT TEAM SUCCESS. Not every player signed has been a WIN METHOD selection. As you gentleman feel, there are people with the YANKEES who feel the same. Stats, stats, stats. I have gotten many a player does not want to be a YANKEE. My question right after that gets some fantastic responses. The question I ask is “Tell me why you don’t want to win and be the best.”
Think of the WIN METHOD as a scout giving a report on the players he is scouting.
The entire idea of believing in the WIN METHOD is a matter of personal psychology. Do you want to believe a player is best because of what he achieves for himself or best for what he achieves for the team. But a team is 25 players. Yes, and when they win they are the best 25 players, be it for a game, a series, a month, a season. Being a baseball fan for over 50+ years, preceding free agency, when players where signed by scouting or acquired by trades, I often wondered why did a player achieve more when he was traded to one team or another as compared to who he was playing for. As time passed I realized players achieved more because they where in situations they preferred and thrived on. Others did worse because they where not in situations they where satisfied with. I started talking to players relatively consistently in the seventies after I met with Mr.S. He helped fund my work.
In the nineties I and the WIN METHOD where ready. Mr.S. and I made a ten year deal, which was just recently renewed for ten more years. Getting back to basics. The WIN METHOD became most feasible with the onset of players being allowed to with whomever they wished. The magic words “whomever they wished”. Some poster in a recent thread stated Pedro Martinez would never play for the YANKEES and would rather play on the dirt fields in the Dominican Republic. Fine, then ask yourselves, why on earth would the YANKEES want to sign him? Why would any team want to sign him if he would not be in a situation he was happy with? Getting to our psychological difference in looking at players. The statisticians and the stat fans feel the best players are the ones who attain the gaudiest of individual stats, whatever they may be. And it makes no difference if the player or his team wins. Now the difference, the WIN METHOD people believe that winning is why baseball is played and winning makes for who is best. Right, the TEAM wins. That is the point and the goal of . NOT INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS. The team consists of 25 players and the 25 best players win the World Series every year. The WIN METHOD is based on stats also. Just a different way of judging them. ‘A’ hits 50 HRs in 600 ABs. ‘B’ hits 40 HRs in 400 ABs. As stat people, you can see the stats in two perspectives. Who is best. Depends on how you wish to see it. The WIN METHOD sees everything in the terms of WINS. The team wins because of what its players do to help the team win. And the team doesn’t need to have any player in the top of any individual achievement category. It may have a statistical leader, but it doesn’t make a difference either way. The only category the team wants to lead in is WINS. Making the playoffs and moving on through the playoffs. The best players achieve this for the team and therefor themselves. In essence you guys measure a player on his individual stats, the WIN METHOD people measure a player on his ability to allow ateam to WIN. A difference in psychology. Another WIN METHOD issue, is the selection of players who can perform WHEN it counts, in clutch situations, under pressure, under the spotlight. Not everyone can do this, and some fail dismally. It is never how much, but far more important, WHEN you achieve as a player.
I do realize you will belittle, demean, and be unable to accept or comprehend. Have fun. Many do comprehend, accept, live it in their lives filled with success.""
The blog started slowly, and I realized I needed to try to kick start it a little. How. I announced some two major YANKEE signings before anyone in the press and or talking heads knew of them. On November 15, 2008 I announced that CC Sabathia would soon be a YANKEE. On December 11, 2008 it was announced officially that CC would become a YANKEE. Here is a link == http://www.espn.com/mlb/news/story?id=3759182.
To make a point that I had the information no one else knew about and did not just make a luck guess, I posted on December 19, 2008 that Mark Teixeira would sign a YANKEE contract. That one no one expected. Four days later the YANKEES announce to the world that they had signed Mark Teixeira to an eight year deal. Here is a link == http://www.espn.com/mlb/news/story?id=3790141.
Many fans started coming to the blog, those who loved winning and wins and the WIN METHOD built the blog to what it is now, the best baseball blog in the world. Those who did not agree with winning and wins determining the best teams and players (the stat frauds) went their own way to live and play in the fantasy world. In the past year the WIN METHOD has grown so exponentially I won't bore you with the stats, but just say we are well on our way to one billion views world wide.
In early July the YANKEE management made the decision to trade/deal some chips for young talent that the YANKEES could use. The YANKEES traded Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians for four players. The piece the WIN METHOD wanted was pitcher Justus Sheffield. He is now a YANKEE. Hate to say this, but Clint Frazier is not WIN METHOD, but by no means to the degree of the great baseball fraud Alex Rodriguez aka afraud, Lets hope the move to the YANKEE will help Frazier mentally and lets hope he will help the team. I will monitor his progress.
In dealing Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs the YANKEES got a fine haul of four players and I am particularly happy with the YANKEES reacquiring my special WIN METHOD pick from several years back, Adam Warren. The other three acquisitions will all make an impact on the YANKEES down the road.
Now here is some of the best news I can give you from this Junes draft. The YANKEES were lucky enough to draft as their number one pick a nineteen year old in Blake Rutherford. Blake is going to be a very special major league WIN METHOD player in the mold of Derek Jeter, and yes I will say it, maybe better. Here is information about Blake which is what separates many players. === Before the Yankees came calling, he had a commitment to UCLA since he was a high school freshman out of Simi Valley, California.
"UCLA was a real big thing for me," he said. "It weighed on my mind, but the Yankees were my dream team. To hear them call my name was a dream come true."
Rutherford said he sees himself as a center fielder, though he already has been moved around in the outfield. He also said he expects physical and mental challenges as the grind of a season kicks.
"I'm hanging in there," he said. "The training staff has been great.… The biggest transition is the mental aspect. You have to be mentally strong. I think that's something that kind of separates you." === The YANKEES got a gem.
More good news. Another pick from a year ago is quickly moving up the minor league levels for the YANKEES and in my opinion will turn into another WIN METHOD gem. Pitcher Chance Adams is going to be very special. Chance will be a big part of the rotation.
The YANKEES have tons of talent, both in the field and on the mound. Injuries have slowed too many players to name here, but their time will come and the YANKEES will be a major force to reckon with for many years to come. The future is oh so bright. Do not be surprised if things develop well for the minor talent the YANKEES will not have to go crazy in the free agent market with many stars coming out in the next few years. Maybe there will be a need for one piece if needed.
Yankees down the road with 2016 injuries, Bird, Mitchell, Clarkin, Kapreilian,DeCarr, German, Lindgren, Rumblelow, and others.
Look for Aaron Judge on the YANKEE roster in 2017 with Sanchez, Bird, Refsynder. Louie Louie, and more.
This season isn't over yet, but we learned a lot about many youngsters and they got the time to play everyday in the minors and that can only help to make them better. I f we do not make the playoffs, sure is is a disappointment, but you have to take the bad and turn it into a positive.
Mark Teixeira has announce he will retire at the end of this season and lets all thank Mark for his time and his contributions during his eight years as a YANKEE which does include a World Series championship. Mark put up with and played through countless injuries and gave his best all the time. So long Mark, thank you, and good luck in your future endeavors.
I hope I did not forget anything and I must thank all of the WIN METHOD fans from all over the world who come here everyday and help make this blog the best it can be. Wins and winning will always determine the best teams and the best players and don't ever let a stat fraud tell you differently. All the stat frauds have are excuses and they love to blame the other guys. They say they want to win, but only if it is their fantasy team in the world of make believe.
LETS GO YANKEES