Sunday, January 19, 2014

WIN METHOD...2014...Tanaka...afraud...outlook

As the NEW YORK YANKEES head into the 2014 season, let us look at several issues that have been on the stove this off season. 


Tanaka, the highly sought after Japanese free agent pitcher is on the open  market and will be signed by a team willing to pay a significant salary for him.  Having seen Tanaka pitch and having seen thousands of other pitchers in my lifetime, I have a concern with Tanaka.  My concern is with his delivery and the stress he puts into many of his pitches, sometimes appearing as if he is throwing his body with his delivery.  I have seen all to many pitchers who threw this way, injure themselves because this violent throwing action takes its toll on the arm, elbow, shoulder, and whatever else it may find.  Tanka's motion is not truly fluid.  Many of the greats in MLB who have dominated on the mound, were very smooth and fluid, using their legs and body going to the plate and dominating and intimidating batters.  Many others who were also dominating where not fluid and many looked to be throwing violently thus taking a toll on their arm and body.  Many of these dominated for a few years and then suddenly the wheels fell off the wagon.  If the YANKEES obtain Tanaka, and from what I have heard, Tanaka WILL sign with the YANKEES, I will be pulling for him, BUT whoever Tanaka signs with, I feel Tanaka as time plays out MAY not be worth what the winning bidder is going to pay.  Time will tell.


afraud, who arguably may be the most foul corrupt person to ever play MLB, a person who has lied and cheated his entire career, a person who lied and cheated on his family, his teams, the fans, and MLB has been banned from baseball for the 2014 season.  Not long enough in my view, afraud should never be allowed to play baseball again.  Remember WIN METHOD fans, no record of any  of the steroid users is real or valued.  These records of the steroid users should be eliminated from the record books and not ever be used by any fan ever.


2014 season outlook.  Even at this time, without the rosters being finalized and spring training not yet open, the YANKEES look like a solid sure thing playoff team.  With Captain Derek Jeter back at shortstop playing great defense and great offense, that is an upgrade from  last year.  Brian McCann behind the plate will be an upgrade fro last year.  Mark Teixeira back at first base will be an upgrade from last year.  The outfield with Elsbury, Gardner, Soriano, Beltran will be an upgrade from last year.  Third base will be an upgrade from last year with a combination of several players, led by Nunez will be an upgrade from last year.  We lose Cano at second base, but one minus is eliminated or nullified by so many plusses.  The excess of talent at so many positions therefore allows for an automatic upgrade at the designated hitter spot.  The  pitching will have many potentials vying for a spot in the rotation, and if Tanaka becomes a YANKEE spring training competition will shape the rotation for the best.  There are many options and many guys competing for the same.   After everything shakes out the YANKEE 2014 is going to be one of accomplishment and achievement.  

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George W said...

Jeter and mates will get another ring.

YankeeMike said...

I will be heading south for a couple of spring training games in March.

johnsondc said...


5 days for YANKEE pitcher/catcher spring training camp to open in Tampa

KevMac said...

Soon there will be games to watch and the sportless winter will be over.

Jerry Curcio said...

Here's to an epic Yankee season.

Yanks23245 said...

Who will be opening day Yankee starter?

Alex Antonious said...

I think it will be CC.

Victor Grandozi said...

I think it will be CC if only because he has been the past opening day starter and unless he is really bad in camp Girardi will stick with him.

Harry Stavris said...

I would think it would be CC. Experience and rank win out until you show you can't perform.

johnsondc said...


4 days for YANKEE pitcher/catcher spring training camp to open in Tampa

Lori Kelly said...

Winter isn't over yet, but it is sure nice to see baseball awakening from hibernation.

Erica Nuyens said...

What makes this season brighter is no Afraud.

Boston Yankee fan said...

I don't think CC is a quitter. He has something to prove.

Wes Karlson said...

I like the fact that we have many possibilities coming to spring training vying for a couple of open spots.

Cory said...

I can't wait until the first game.

Mauice Richard said...

Wins, the most wins gets to the playoffs. Nothing else matters.

johnny said...

Go Yankees.

Stan the Man said...

A grand season is at hand.

Sharon/NC said...

It's snowing again. What a winter.

johnsondc said...

3 days for YANKEE pitcher/catcher spring training camp to open in Tampa

Linda Rice said...

We need a stat fraud or two to show up here again. I could use a laugh at their thought process.

HoundDog said...

Second base and third base will be the positions up for grabs this spring. Competition is good.

AAA said...

The 2nd and 3rd base competition is solid and no matter who earns the spots the team will be better.

johnsondc said...

2 days for YANKEE pitcher/catcher spring training camp to open in Tampa

Nick Holt said...

Yes baseball is so near.

Warren Hammond said...

The actual workouts start Saturday with the report date Friday for pitchers and catcher, then everybody else next week.

Yanks23245 said...

Notice how quiet things are right now with afraud outta here.

Steve said...

Steady slow build up for the start of 2014 season and the winning of games when it counts.

Rahm Mahood said...

Can you imagine the kick in the face afraud would receive if the Yankees go to the playoffs and move up a few rounds, much less win the World Series without afraud this season.

bigbadwolf said...

Ladies and gentleman, the sad day has arrived. Derek Jeter has announced that the 2014 season will be his last as a player. Jeter, the best player in MLB over the past two decades will go out as a class act champion with integrity and character.

Patricia Piper said...

Sad news, but can you just imagine if Jeter can go out leading his team to another World Series championship.

NJYANKEE said...

I'm getting my farewell tour ticket now before they are all gone.

Pete H said...

All hail the best player over the past two decades.

Gus Papa said...

Although I am going to miss seeing Jeter play I couldn't be more happy for all the things he has done for The Yankees and us fans. Thank you Derek!

Yankeeforever said...

Derek Jeter is the Classiest player and face of MLB. Derek Jeter......We welcome you into the Hall of Fame!

Linda Rice said...

Knew this day was coming but I am still sad.

evan donohue said...

I'm 35yrs old and started watching the Yankees as a young child. Grew up rooting for Don Mattingly, Pat Kelly, Steve Sax, Randy Velarde and Roberto Kelly. I've been blessed and spoiled in the fact that I've seen Jeter's complete career in Pinstripes; his solid hitting, ups and downs then ups again over the last 20yrs, his clutch plays in countless playoff games and rivalry series, the closing of one Iconic stadium and the opening of our new one, his individual achievements in fielding and batting and of course his part of a Dynasty run of FIVE World Championships. His heart, passion, class and respect for the game of Baseball has made the last 20 years so enjoyable that there's no way to properly express to him what he's meant to this game that I love. I'd like to simple say, Thank You, Derek for your leadership, the memories and everything in between. It's been our pleasure.

Hector Lopez said...

Derek Jeter has more WS rings than 22 MLB franchises LOL

johnnys dad said...

Thank you Derek Jeter for being the kind of person I could allow my son to look up to and try to emulate. And thank you WIN METHOD and posters for being so kind to my son.

YankeeMike said...

All Yankees fans have to know what a privilege it has been to see the whole careers of Jeter, Rivera, Bernie Williams, Jorge and most of Pettitte's. After Jeter retires a tremendous part of Baseball and Yankee history will be over. For our generation of fans we have witnessed history that will be hard to duplicate. We are lucky to have seen it.

Lori Kelly said...

Love you Derek

Victor Gandozi said...

Derek Jeter has never been about stats or WAR- he is just a winner. Thank you Derek and here is to one heck of a final season.

Deb F said...

Jeter is a class act, and has always played the game the way it should be played.

Bruce Sarte said...

Even though I root for the Royals more than the Yankees these days, I grew up a Yankees fan -- so it is always there inside me. There are few fielding positions in Yankee lore that were open for a new guy to jump in and make his mark, but SS was one. There have been few excellent SS's in Yankee history and now the Yankees have that guy that fills the "Best Ever in Yankee History" hole.

Thank you Derek for all the memories... all the great stops, majestic throws and clutch hits. For the leadership you displayed on and off the field and for all the smiles you brought to us fans. There will never be another quite like you, and you will be missed in the pinstripes.

Vladimir Tinzik said...

Here's to one more great season.

will-i-am said...

Have a great season Derek. You will be missed more than most fans will believe.

Erica Johnston said...

This going to be a season to remember.

Benny Pake said...

Jeter to be gone. I'm gonna be sick.

Teena/Bronx said...

Let him enjoy the farewell tour like Mariano. He deserves it. I hope to get out there and see him in his last season.

Norge Jalstrom said...

This ruined my day. Thank you for a wonderful childhood.

Johnsondc said...

Thanks Derek. It's been great.

William Mensom said...

Lost in all the thoughts about Derek Jeter... ...is that when he makes his final AB at Yankee Stadium, it will also be the last time we hear Bob Sheppard's voice over the Yankees PA system during a ballgame.

Stan the Man said...

Jeter, being all class has given the Yankees a year to cover the shortstop position for 2015. Just as long as they stay away from the bosux garbage Drew.

Walt Bellamy said...

Thank you Jeets for an exhilarating 20 years.

Zhaire said...

Jeter, you are the greatest.

Augie Defonce said...

It's so bitter sweet for me. I'm happy he's not dragging out his career like many seem to do, but he's been an icon and the face of the Yankees for as long as I can remember. '96 was the first year I can remember following baseball and now the last (and my favorite) player from that team is riding off into the sunset. I don't know if I'll ever see a team or players like the Core Four had again.

Frank Sergi said...

The King is surrendering his throne. God bless Derek Jeter.

Robert Mandell said...

Here is the quote from Hal Steinbrenner........."He is unquestionably one of the greatest Yankees ever. He has meant so much to fans, the organization, my father and our family. I'm glad we have this year to celebrate everything he has meant to us and all the great things he still stands to accomplish."

- Hal Steinbrenner

Willaim Mensom said...

With Derek Jeter retiring after this season, this is going to be one hell of a year for Derek, YANKEE fans, the YANKEE team, and fans from across the nation who will come to say goodbye and farewell to the greatest player over the past two decades.

Phil Jenkins said...

Here's to one final great season Jeets, lead the way, man.

Tony Kanchu said...

In the expansion era of baseball, not to many players win the WS, let alone as many WS as Jeter has. Have a great year Derek.

Vinny Ferrero said...

The Yankees will have to be their ever-resourceful selves in plugging the shortstop hole for the 2015 season and beyond. In the short term however, can you think of a greater motivation for Yankees players than to win a championship in 2014 and send DJ off into the sunset as a winner.

Yanks23245 said...

It's so bitter sweet for me. I'm happy he's not dragging out his career like many seem to do, but he's been an icon and the face of the Yankees for as long as I can remember. '96 was the first year I can remember following baseball and now the last (and my favorite) player from that team is riding off into the sunset. I don't know if I'll ever see a team or players like the Core Four had again.

geofmann said...

Jeter got his first hit on my 18th birthday. I will miss him thats for certain. Been a joy watching him all these years.

Gene A said...

What a wondrous career Jeter has had and with one more year to go lets hope he finished with an exclamation mark.

Linda Pardo said...

Anyone should be proud if their son/s could grow up with Jeters character, integrity, and fortitude.

Yankee777 said...

There isn't a favorite memory for me. It was the way he plays the game. NO One gave himself up more or better. He had more productive outs than anyone EVER. His range to left field was/is unbelievable. That jump throw on a line was/is unbelievable.

His inside the baseball swing is so fundamentally correct. One word to use is Captain.

Jeets I am happy and sad, I love watching you play the game

Jackie B said...


As an avid Red Sox fan, I must say I am extremely saddened to hear about the retirement of one of the best players the game has ever seen. Derek Jeter is one of the most classiest players I have ever had the privilege of watching play this great sport. To know his final game will be at Fenway brings me a little comfort in knowing I will see his last game ever played. Right up there with Mo. He brings integrity to the game, one of the best SS we will ever see, and one classy guy!

It was your decision to make Derek, but it makes it no less sad for all of us who have known and watched you play. From your first day in Pinstripes to your last day, you made the game that much more enjoyable to watch. This old gal will be truly saddened to see you go, but you deserve to have that summer vacation you wish for. Thanks for the Memories Derek! Here's hoping you have a stellar season to make your final year in Baseball the best ever. You will be truly missed by all!!

Chen Cho said...

Go out with another ring Derek. Lead the way.

Lou Lis said...

Good luck Derek.

Gary Shrieber said...

Will Jeters career have a Hollywood storybook ending? Go Jeets.

bigbadwolf said...

Touch Tanaka Jeets. Show him the way.

Tony Gigante said...

Thanks for the memories Derek.

johnsondc said...

Camp is open. Baseball is back. Lets go Yankees.

bigbadwolf said...

Here's to a healthy major injury free 2014 Yankee spring training. Lets go Yankees.

Lee Askew said...

I can't wait until the games start.

Eddie OConnor said...

I predict Jeter will lead the Yankees to a 90+ win season and the playoffs.

Tom Loughlin said...

How about 95+ Eddie.

Yankeeforever said...

One thing for sure Jeter will be in better shape than anyone in camp as everyone reports.

Glen Casey said...

Looking forward to one heck of a season.

Donna S, Oslo said...

A WS win in his final season would be a fitting end to Jeters playing career.

johnny said...

Go Yankees.

Zig Heinrich said...

Taking a page from WIN METHOD, the playoffs are a lock.

Carl Hooks said...

Day one, everything good in Tampa.

Cory said...

Some gloom and doomers are saying the Yankees won't make the playoffs this year. What utter fools.

candycane said...

Love you Derek, you are the best.

Zhaire said...

Steady as she goes. One game at a time one win at a time.

kiddoman said...

Jeter rules, the Yankees rule.

johnsondc said...

10 days until the Yankees first spring training game.

Glen Casey said...

First game is against Florida State Seminoles, next the the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ned Beemer said...

94-68 and the AL East crown.

Carl Hooks said...

94 and 1 better Ned. 95-67.

Vinnie Ferrero said...

afrauds Yankee Stadium locker being fumigated.

Patricia Piper said...

Slowly but surely winter winds down and baseball will be alive with the spring flowers.

Domenic said...

I say Jeter will lead us to a 110 win season.

jimbo said...

I can live with 95 wins easily.

Victor Bruno said...

Domenic said...

I say Jeter will lead us to a 110 win season.

Please tell me you meant 100 win Domenic.

Domenic said...

Yeah Victor, I meant 100. Maybe it is an omen.

johnsondc said...

9 days until the Yankees first spring training game.

Lori Kelly said...

I'll go for as many wins as it takes to win the division.

Gus Papa said...

Competition will be for the 2nd and 3rd base positions. But we are so deep it will make no difference who starts at these positions. Jeter and Teixeira will anchor the infield with their brilliant unrivaled defensive prowess and lead the way. Rotation is pretty well set with only competition at the end of the rotation. This team is going to be good, real good.

Ron Francis said...

93 wins and the AL East.

WIN METHOD said...

The YANKEES under no circumstances will ever sign bosux ss Drew. Drew is a loser who right now can't come close to the offensive or defensive prowess of Derek Jeter.

YankeeMike said...

Thanks WIN METHOD. I saw suggestions in forums that the Yankees should sign Drew. I never liked him.

Izzy Hernandez said...

No one be surprised when the Yankees prove to be the best team in baseball this season.

Victor Gandozi said...

Drew would be the 12th infielder in camp of the 10 that are here now. No chance.

will-i-am said...

I just don't want to see any headlines of a crippling Yankee spring training injury. the minor aches and pains, and strains I will live with.

Mike Smith said...

95 wins or more.

johnsondc said...

8 days until the Yankees first spring training game.

White Knight said...

First time poster here. Long time Yankee fan. I have seen the light.

Steve said...

Welcome White Knight.

RLA said...

Hello White Knight. I came over form the dark side a couple of years ago and am glad i did. Winning is all that counts.

Warren Hammond said...

Slay the dragon stat frauds White Knight.

White Knight said...

Thanks WIN METHOD fans. Maybe I have finally found home.

White Knight said...

95-67 for the Yankees.

Lee Askew said...

Spring has come to the south.

Jerry Curcio said...

96 wins and the WS.

Gene A said...

Another solid training day in Tampa.

Tony Gigante said...

Notice how peaceful camp is. I wonder why.

Ben Wheeler said...

With no significant injuries the Yankees can win 100 games this season. Yes, they are that good.

johnsondc said...

7 days until the Yankees first spring training game

Yuri Karshnev/USSR said...

94 games won is my thought.

bigbadwolf said...

Glad you are here White Knight. It's about time.

John Hartnett said...

Beautiful day in Tampa.

Paul Hirschman said...

Here's to a great season.

AAA said...

Another uneventful solid camp day.

Andy K said...

Next week, games start.

johnsondc said...

6 days until the Yankees first spring training game

KevMac said...

98 wins and 64 losses.

Ernie Hawke said...

Rumor has it Pineda looks real good and has something to prove.

Deb F said...

You watch Jeter and hear him speak and you know just how much character and intestinal fortitude mean in baseball and how little individual stats mean.

William Mensom said...

JETER = GREATNESS = WIN METHOD

White Knight said...

What a brilliant interview by Jeets.

Linda Rice said...

Jeter was brilliant, funny, and real.

Gus Papa said...

Jeter is the greatest. He proved it again today. Just not on the field this time.

Cory said...

Jeter was genius. He let his hair dwon for the first time.

Erica Johnston said...

Jeter said he wants to have kids. It appears to have been glossed over and or never mentioned from what is have seen by the pundits at the news briefing.

Nick Polito said...

Jeter rules and the Yankees will rule the season.

Victor Gandozi said...

After seeing Jeter today, this season is going to be memorial.

Saul Irving said...

Jeter proved with his words just why he has been the best MLB has had to offer over the past 30 or so years.

johnsondc said...

5 days until the Yankees first spring training game.

You can see why Jeter is the knife in the heart of stat frauds and why they try to discredit him so much and so vehemently. Jeter is the best at winning and winning is all that matters. You ain't the best unless you win the most.

will-i-am said...

Jeets may be one of the very few players in baseball history that may be actually 'bigger' than the game itself.

Harry Stavris said...

Jeter is the man.

Mitch Tuchman said...

Just everyone stay healthy and we will destroy the competition.

Stan the Man said...

Delightful sunny warn weather in Tampa.

Yankeeforever said...

Baseball is right around the corner. Big season for the Yankees.

johnsondc said...

4 days until the Yankees first spring training game.

Stanley Chin said...

Victor Gandozi said...

After seeing Jeter today, this season is going to be memorial.

I agree Victor. Maybe even immortal.

Zhaire said...

I think everyone is right. the Yankees are going to have one heck of a 2014.

Sean Smith said...

Lets roll for 2014 and dominate everyone. We have the players, we have the incentive, we have the leadership.

Mark Logan said...

Tanaka had an outstanding bullpen session today. McCann a seasoned catcher stated Tanaka is the real deal.

Yanks23245 said...

Tanaka will win 20 games this season and the Yankees will win 95.

KevMac said...

Hooray for Tanaka.

Warren Hammond said...

99 wins and the division clinched by Sept. 20.

johnsondc said...

3 days until the Yankees first spring training game.

Alex Antonious said...

Good morning world. Lets go Yankees.
28 in 14 sounds great.

Barb Kane said...

I am so excited about this upcoming season, It feels like the late nineties again.

Mitch Collins said...

Everything going real well for the Yankees in Tampa so far.

johnny said...

Go Yankees.

bigbadwolf said...

You are going to see a championship team this season johnny.

Benny Pake said...

Stay healthy and the season will be a near walkover.

candycane said...

Another solid training day for the Yankees.

johnsondc said...

2 days until the Yankees first spring training game.

Warren Hammond said...

With Cano gone from the Yankees, you will now start hearing from the stat frauds and Yankee haters just how great and an elite player Cano is. What a crock these guys are.

Sal Mineo said...

Gorgeous day again here in Tampa. Training is going well with no real concerns.

Rahm Mahood said...

You know that's right Warren. Cano will be lost in Seattle and never win a championship.

bigbadwolf said...

Gardner and Yankees agree to a four year extension. Good lock down for everyone.

johnsondc said...

1 more day until the Yankees first spring training game.

Sal Mineo said...

Nuvo is scheduled to start first game tomorrow. Girardi said he will use 6 to 7 pitchers each game to start the exhibition season.

Willaim Mensom said...

Today marks the first full week of spring training. The ball starts tolling, the conditioning starts to take effect, the batting eye gets sharper, as does each pitchers control. all to get ready for the first game of the season and real baseball.

Dan Evans said...

It is going to be a fantastic season. Haven't felt this good in a few years.

Chad Greene said...

Gardner control is good. Lock them up before Jetes is gone.

will-i-am said...

First pitch tomorrow in just about 25 hours.

Lou Lis said...

No problems at camp today.

Vladmir Tinzik said...

Slow and easy wins the race.

johnsondc said...

Todays the day. Opening game of the Yankee spring training schedule. Just six hours away.

Linda Pardo said...

Just everyone stay healthy.

RLA said...

Game time Hooray!

Victor Bruno said...

Good news. Sports are done with winter hibernation.

KevMac said...

Todays game, meaningless and successful.

Nick Polito said...

Deep the Yankees are deep.

Jack Bauer said...

Smile be happy. Our season will lift your spirits.

johnsondc said...

Spring training games have started. Now the countdown to the Yankee opening day game begins. First game in Houston in 34 days to real baseball and the 2014 season.

Ralph Higgins said...

Fives weeks to the season and another Yankee playoff year.

Frank Sergi said...

All pitchers in camp will get a turn on the mound over the next few days.

Izzy Hernandez said...

Even spring training, one day at a time and build for April.

Saul Irving said...

Nuno looked good going two innings.

Sal Mineo said...

Yanks take 2-0 first inning lead.

Glen Casey said...

Another good safe day for the Yankees.

Gus Papa said...

New Yankee stars slowly breaking into the lineup each day.

Sal Mineo said...

Heads up from Tampa. Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts have been working infield practice together extensively in order to get their individual traits and characteristics down so as to work double plays down. Jeter being the best defensive shortstop in baseball and the glue that holds the Yankee infield together will help Roberts and the other infielder immensely.

johnsondc said...

33 day until Yankee opening day.

Victor Grandozi said...

Jeter starting at shortstop in exhibition game today.

Gary Shrieber said...

Great news, I wouldn't be surprised to see Roberts start with Jeter.

candycane said...

Jeter is back, all is good.

YankeeMike said...

Love it so far. Spring training is going great. No one is cripple.

will-i-am said...

Tanaka gets some innings tomorrow.

bigbadwolf said...

Everyone is starting to get at bats and field action. slowly but surely we will march to the playoffs.

Pete H said...

The press will make Tanakas outing a circus.

candycane said...

Jeter moved very will in his first outing. So far so good.

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