Wednesday, December 16, 2015

WIN METHOD - - - THE COMING 2016 SEASON

Hello WIN METHOD fans and followers.  I apologize for not posting more this past season.  I have been extremely busy traveling to many countries and interviewing many players.   Finished now and home for a great Christmas with family and friends.  Hal Steinbrenner and I have extended our proprietary deal for another season.  As you all know after two ten year deals with Mr.S., Hal and I have agreed to proceed one year at a time.  I am getting a little old for all the travel and all the time involved.   I will truly try to post more in 2016.


The 2016 season will be an interesting season for the YANKEES.  A transition is underway that was started several seasons ago and may be coming full circle.   A few years back, after several very expensive costly contracts that have either ended or are ending soon that led to very costly payrolls, and the team getting very little return for the monies spent, the YANKEES decided to go full out on acquiring young players.   My interviews were concentrated on possible draftees and acquisitions through various routes.   Many of those chosen and selected by the YANKEES over the past years are at the point of paying returns at the big league level.  You all know the names as you see them making their major league debuts.   2016 will be a blend of the old and the new, making for a very interesting 2016 season.   There are so many question marks for so many.   The question marks are different for each player.   How well will the newcomers perform?   How well will they be able handle the pressure in New York and the majors?   How will others return and perform from various injuries?   How will the elders of the team hold out?   Will the injury bug  keep biting this team to the degree it has in the past seasons?    So many ifs.   All will be answered during spring training and the upcoming season.   Always being optimistic and dealing with the pitfalls and roadblocks ahead, the 2016 team will be competitive, a likely playoff team, and if things don't go to far off the tracks a force to contend with during the playoffs.


To the dismay of the stat frauds out there, the 2016 season, like every season in baseball history will be decided by wins and only wins.  No one or two individual player stats will determine the best teams and players.   That is always determined by who wins the most with every player on each team contributing to the success of each team.   Wins are earned by players executing when it counts to build runs, prevent runs, and defeat the opposition each game over the 162 played.  


The front office so far this off season hasn't done anything stupid by signing high dollar long term contracts.   The 2016 YANKEES will move forward with the contributions of their young and upcoming players who will get the opportunity to prove themselves at the highest level.


As always, LETS GO YANKEES.   A MERRY CHRISTMAS and a very happy, healthy NEW YEAR to all.



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Steven F. said...

Warren
I'm aware that you need 25 players, unfortunately that's not how the real world works. GMs need to evaluate individual players and determine their individual values.

I agree the KC Royals were the best team last year, no debating that. Are you saying that 1-25 on that team are the best players, if they were al free agents they should be 1-25 the top targets for all teams?

George W said...

For me it would have to start with the KC Royals players who have helped lead their team to the WS two years in a row. No one has done better.

Nick Polito said...

A pitcher thru his own actions have more importance than a position player, but the pitchers only participate in a portion of his teams games. Likely I would select the six best starters by wins, the two best middle relievers by saves and the two best closers by saves for my ten.

Warren Hammond said...

Steven F, they aren't FA's and are not targeted. A GM should only target who is available and only if his team has a need for said player. Then the owners need to assess how much said player is worth to them and can he help his team win. Even George Steinbrenner in his heyday never went after every FA. The Nationals last year on paper were loaded and picked by almost everyone to run a way with their division. Strasburg, Scherzer, Zimmermann, Gonzalez, Fister, as starters. Harper, Zimmerman, Escobar etal lineup. team barely played .500 baseball. Playing WIN METHOD baseball as a team wins the day. Harper may be the best know most individually position player in baseball, BUT he with all he had to help him did not even make the playoffs. His worth may be to fill sell tickets, but it may not be to help a team win.

Steven F. said...

Warren
In Harpers case - you're ignoring the litany of injuries and underperformances that team had when you say "all he had to help him".

I'm aware KC players aren't available - it was a hypothetical.

I asked a question on ranking, in your opinion, the top 10 players in the league today. I've yet to have an answer.

Deb F said...

If I had to take one player right now from any team. I would lean to Cain from KC. But only if WIN METHOD interviewed him and said he is good to go.

Warren Hammond said...

Steven F, to satisfy your need I will give you a few names I want to be on my team. Not in any particular order and all from KC, Hosmer 1b, Moustakis 3b, Cain of, Davis mr, Gordon of, Zobrist ut, Morales dh. I think I would be well on my way to a playoff team and more. Throw in Kershaw sp, Keuchel sp.

Steven F said...

Warren
Thanks, got it. So you only base it on prior year results - no Buster Posey who's won three championships the last six years.

Warren Hammond said...

Steven F, I would have no problem at all with Posey being my catcher. Oddly I only listed nine of ten, make Posey the tenth. Now you fill in 15 more spots and you make create a WS champion. Just as long as WIN METHOD OKs them all.

Cal Fuerst said...

You fill those 10 out with a few more starters, relievers, and closers plus the open positions and you can have a very strong team.

Hector Lopez said...

I'll volunteer Bumgarner as a starter.

Linda Pardo said...

Three more weeks folks.

will-i-am said...

Lets go bold and make Louis Louis Severino a starter on the 25 man best team. Got to have some youth.

Tony Manchu said...

will-i-am, Louis Louis Severino will get his opportunity to prove his worth this season.

Glen Corbett said...

Very pleased with what Cashman has done this off season. Poised for the future?

Brian Cowley said...

The Yankees have now filled out all positions on their 40 man roster.

Jen Vitter said...

How about the Pirates Andrew McCutheon for the OF on the top team.

Sharon/NC said...

I wonder if Jeter is available for shortstop.

Patricia Piper said...

Sharon, that would be fun.

Tom Loughlin said...

OK ladies, lets not carried away.

Billy Tedder said...

I miss Jetes.

Vladimir Tinzik said...

Outstanding people, outstanding.

Steve said...

Nova and the Yankees have come to contract terms. 4.1 Mil for 1 year + incentive bonuses. Nova could be a very nice surprise.

White Knight said...

Man I can't wait for the season to start.

Domenic said...

I am really looking forward to this season. I am expecting a very good season.

Ben Rosen/Israel said...

I hope we are not expecting to much from the team.

Frank Sergi said...

The Yankees have as good a chance as anyone to win the division. And are do for a reasonably injury free season. That alone could make a big difference.

Pete H said...

The Yankees may not have an ace right now, but they do have five 2's or 3's.

Steven F said...

I think we could be good for sure, but I do think a lot of injury risk exists with all of our starters at this point - and I don't think the depth behind the top 5 is very good.

Saul Irving said...

i've got high hopes, high pie in the sky hopes.

Dave Matthews said...

Pete, a couple of those five may be aces down the road.

Steve said...

Steven F, who are you leaving out, because not counting CC, I think we may have six very capable starters, and I am not giving up on CC.

Steven Fischer said...

I'm leaving CC out. I mean he's been terrible 3 years in a row now.

I really don't have high hopes, it's very very rare for a pitcher at his age to rebound after so many years.

Steve said...

Steven F, Without CC the Yankees still have six very solid starters. Like I said I don't think CC is done yet.

Alex Antonius said...

I feel Sabathia may have something to prove and may have an extraordinary comeback year.

Cal Fuerst said...

As a team more wins than last season would be an improvement. Doing so at less cost would be saying something.

William Mensom said...

I've been posting here almost from the beginning and have seen this blog grow to be the best. I enjoy the outstanding consistent positive comments from so many fans. Great job and thank you to all of you WIN METHOD Yankee fans.

Teena/Bronx said...

Thank you William. You are always insightful.

Bob Behan said...

I always look forward to your responses and insight William.

Tony Manchu said...

2-1 Yankees after 5.

Eddie OConnor said...

About last nights debacle. The Yankees got 16 hits and scored 6 runs. The Rangers got 9 hits and scored 9 runs. The Yankees made it possible for the umpires to decide the game in all their stupidity allowing the game to go on in heavy rain.

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