Tuesday, December 6, 2016

WIN METHOD 2017 ----- BLOOM AND GROW

Yes WIN METHOD fans, you have spoken, therefore the title of this blog post.  BLOOM AND GROW.  As 2016 nears its end, and the baseball winter meetings are held where deals are talked about and some consummated, and as the 2016 year concludes with the Christmas holidays, and the new 2017 year arrives and it will be a season for the New York YANKEES to BLOOM AND GROW.


After a couple of recent seasons of not making the playoffs, getting older as a team, disappointing the fans, dropping attendance, and overall down years, the YANKEES look like they may be going full bore at getting younger with many of their WIN METHOD selected youngsters being given a real chance to make the major league roster, make the team younger, make the team a contender more consistently and winning the World Series again.  Time for the farm to bloom and grow.


The list of YANKEE prospects is very promising.  Likely not all will make the major leagues, some may be traded away for a piece the YANKEE decision makers feel they need for a certain position.  The best part however is they will all get the chance to bloom and grow and some will make a major impact on the YANKEE team this 2017 season as Gary Sanchez has done already in the last seven weeks of the 2016 season, apparently earning the starting catcher job for the 2017 season.  Look for these names in 2017 and beyond, outfielders Clint Frazier,  Aaron Judge, Blake Rutherford, Dustin Fowler, Billy McKinney, Mason Williams, Jake Cave, Trey Amburgery, and Leonardo Molina. Infielders Gleyber Torres, Jorge Mateo, Miguel Andujar, Wilkerman Garcia, Tyler Wade, Hoy Jun Park, and Kyle Holder.  Catchers Luis Torrens, and Donny Sands.  Pitchers Justus Sheffield, Domingo Acevedo, James Kaprielian, Albert Abreu, Dillon Tate, Chance Adams, Ian Clarkin, Drew Finley, Jordan Montgomery, Chad Green, Dietrich Enns, and Freicer Perez.


Do not forget, Greg Bird returning in 2017 after missing 2016 with major shoulder surgery, other youngsters who have been placed on the 40 man roster or have seen some major league experience, Johnny Barbato, Richard Bleier, Giovanny Gallegos, Domingo German, Nick Goody, Ben Heller, Ronald Herrera, Johnaton Holder, Brian Mitchell, Yefrey Ramirez, Luis Severino, Kyle Higashioka, Rob Refsnyder and Tyler Austin.  There are so many with so much potential.


Some of these guys will become big names, some lesser names but yet accomplished major leaguers, some roll players that help make the team as best it can be,and some dealt away.  Bloom and grow. We wish them all healthy and fruitful careers wherever their career takes them.


Also, look forward to a very special day in 2017.  Mark your calendars,  Sunday, mothers day, May 14th against the Houston Astros, the YANKEES will retire the greatest ever WIN METHOD players number 2 Derek Jeter.  May the YANKEES be so blesses that as the youngsters bloom and grow we have another in the mold of Derek Jeter, the best and greatest major league baseball player in the past three decades.


Never forget that wins and winning always defines the best players and teams in the real world while individual stats and make believe made up formulas created by the foolish stat frauds are only for their fantasy games and fantasy world.


LETS GO YANKEES!  BLOOM AND GROW

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johnny said...

Merry Christmas. Lets go Yankees.

Tommy Lee said...

Merry Christmas to the greatest Yankee fans in the world. Wins and winning.

Ivan Norrionkos said...

May everyone get what they deserve for this very special Holiday Season.

YankeeMike said...

It's Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas.

Diane Stahl said...

It is the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. They were all reading the WIN METHOD blog. Merry Christmas.

Andrew J said...

Merry Christmas.

Hector Lopez said...

Feliz Navidad.

Hugh Frazier said...

My best wishes to everyone here at the WIN METHOD blog, to the people in charge, to all the great posters, and to all the readers, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year.

Steven Sands said...

Tis the season to be jolly. Ho ho ho. Merry Christmas.

johnsondc said...

Diane Stahl..Love your post. Kudos.

will-i-am said...

10 hours and 8 minutes until Christmas. Merry Christmas.

White Knight said...

Really looking forward to seeing all the kids in Tampa this spring.
Merry Christmas people.

Billy Tedder said...

White Knight.. your kids or the Yankee kids?

Warren Hammond said...

Peace on Earth and good will to man. Merry Christmas.

Walt Bellamy said...

Time is getting short. Hope everyone is where they want/need to be for this Christmas celebration. My best to all. Enjoy family and friends. Merry Christmas.

Sal Mineo said...

My best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Eunice Camden said...

It's Christmas Day. Merry Christmas.

Sue Gordon said...

Christmas Day is here. Merry Christmas.

Karl R said...

Merry Christmas.

Jen Vitter said...

Dinner time 3PM. Leg of lamb here with mint jelly. Green beans and mashed potatoes.
Merry Christmas.

Sean Smith said...

Merry Christmas WIN METHOD fans.

Alex Antonius said...

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas with family and friends. Now a New Year is a week away and then we can get back to Yankee baseball full tilt. Lets go Yankees.

Brian Cowley said...

The Yankee camp for pitchers and catchers open seven weeks from today.

Cal Fuerst said...

Looking forward to a banner 2017.

Dan Evans said...

Brian Cowley, I think the full time reports just five days after pitchers and catchers.

Eddie OConnor said...

And it will be a very competitive camp with a number of spots up for grabs.

Frank Sergi said...

Particularly in the pitching position, starter and bullpen.

Glen Corbett said...

No matter what happens, it should be a fun season with new blood.

Harry Stavris said...

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and everyone survived and is well.

Izy Hernandez said...

Remember Cashman. No deals unless we clearly get more than we give up. CLEARLY!

John Hartnett said...

Izy Hernanadez....Isn't it hard to make a deal unless the other side feels they are getting something also?

Izy Hernandez said...

John Hartnett, I agree, but then you don't make the deal.

KevMac said...

We have too many youngsters on the cusp. I rather find out if they can make the grade than give any one of them away and have them help some other team.

Linda Pardo said...

I also would rather go whole hog with our youth. Lets bloom and grow.

Marty Hall said...

Just a few days to the new year, a year to bloom and grow.

NJYANKEE said...

The Yankees made a very wise decision in signing Chapman showing how serious they are about competing and trying for the whole ball of wax this season despite so much skepticism by so many naysayer losers.

Oliver Needham said...

NJYANKEE. naysayer losers = stat frauds = fantasy world fanatics = losers of lifes lottery.

Phil Jenkins said...

We will have a very successful 2017 in my opinion. So much talent about to turn the corner and help win games.

Quay Ho said...

Happy New Year 2017 Yankee fans from all over the world.

Rahm Mahood said...

Oliver Needham....You are dead on right.

Steve said...


WIN METHOD fans, check the baseball talk forums, Yankee threads. Few if any posters there think the Yankees can compete in 2017. Throwing in the towel before the season starts. How would any of you here like to work with these doom and gloom losers?

Todd Griffin said...

Steve, there is so much garbage opinions on those sites they turn my stomach.

Ursula F/Texas said...

No matter guys. Happy New Year!

Steven said...

Steve - and if you're wrong about the team (like you've been the last 5 years) will you admit to it?
I think we have a very bright future, but that the kids need some time in the majors to make necessary adjustments. I don't see why that's so crazy to think.

Victor Grandozi said...

The heck with the other forums. WIN METHOD is all any sane fan needs.

White Knight said...












Happy New Year Yankee fans.









Steve said...

Steven...what are you talking about. We know the youngsters need time to bloom and grow. That has been stated and discussed here by many. But fans here don't demean the players and or management. I don't think anyone here has given up on the coming season. That is for the losers at the talk forums. We will compete, just like we have done every year. No, we did not achieve what we would like, but we don't whine and snivel about it and blame Ellsbury, McCann, Castro, etc.

Steven said...

Steve
There's a difference between giving up on a season and setting realistic expectations for a team. I root for them to win every game, but if I'm taking a realistic view on the season, I think it'd be difficult for these young guys to make a deep playoff run in their first full MLB season.

As far as what I'm talking about, there were a lot of bold predictions on here about how last years team would perform vs. what the stat guys thought, and they missed the playoffs again. I think that's a similar scenario to this year.

Stan the Man said...

Steve, I don't think Steven can accept the positive outlook of WIN METHOD fans. Nor can he accept the fact that the WIN METHOD has been the most effective evaluation tool over the past 20+ years. Even when the Yankees do not make the playoffs, the still are very competitive. Overall the Yankees have made the playoffs, won more pennants and won more World Series than any other team in baseball.

Steven said...

Stan
Okay, I don't think you can accept that people are allowed to have differing opinions than you. All of what you said has no bearing on the 2017 team, which is all I was talking about.

Stan the Man said...

Steven...I don't think you can accept the difference between differing opinions versus negative opinions. Negative opinions are those that tend to say something cannot be accomplished, while differing opinions tend to say how things will get accomplished, but by differing methods, choices, etc.

Steven said...

Okay, as I said before, I think we have a bright future, and shouldn't overreact or set too high expectations for the upcoming season. The worst thing we could do is to sell off future pieces midseason because of a "win-now" mentality. I think this is the prevalent thought process among fans - really not negative at all.

Stan the Man said...

Steven...As in the Derek Jeter era, the expectations should always be to try to win it all every season. That will never happen for any team, ever. However, winning it all is an admiral goal for any team that is competitive. It may not be a goal to sub .500 teams unless they have gone in entirely to redo their team. But it surely can be a goal for every competitive team. Varying positions have been take on this blog, but none are we 'we can't win', 'we have no chance in 2017', 'so and so sucks', 'Girardi sucks', 'Ellsbury sucks', and on and on. No one sucks, and I do believe if things fall into place this 2017 Yankee team will make the playoffs and have a good a chance as any to win the whole ball of wax.
You may want to reread many of the posts in the other Yankee forums, some are brutal and very disparaging.

Jed Hough said...

Happy New Year 2017 Yankee fans.

yankeeclipper21 said...

Steven, allow me to throw in my two cents. Do you think at this point in time, right now, that Joe Girardi does not think he may have the pieces to reach the playoffs and beyond this coming season?

Carl Hooks said...

yankeeclipper21, if Girardi does not believe this team under his control has no chance of making the playoffs and more in 2017 then he should not be the teams manager.

Deb F said...

Guys, guys, guys, any team can reach the playoffs with enough wins and only with enough wins. Nothing else matters and that is the essence of the WIN METHOD. As the youngsters begin to bloom and grow this season, we will win and we will win more than the past few seasons. Yes we can, that was our rallying call last season and it was fun getting so close. Don't anyone set your sights short for next season.

Domenic said...

Thinking positive is good, thinking negative is bad. A simple outlook that can move you forward.

Steven said...

yankeeclipper21
I honestly don't know what Girardi thinks. However at one point last year Cashman did decide that he felt the team wasn't a contender, and he then went on to trade Miller and Chapman for some players with bright futures. Sometimes you have to be realistic and make moves that help you in the future, even if it might hurt you in the present. I think last year was about as clear of an example of this as there will ever be.

Patricia Piper said...

Happy New Year everyone.

yankeeclipper21 said...

Steven, I do not think in any way shape or form Cashman gave up on last year. He had an opportunity to garner several young players via trading two bullpen stalwarts, one of which he resigned, thus stealing the young players form the Cubs. The trades opened roster spots for young players to advance to the major leagues and play and help the Yankees stay in playoff contention. I do not call that giving up. But that is a matter of opinion.

Steven Fischer said...

Yankeeclipper21
So you don't think losing Chapman and Andrew Miller, two of the top relief pitchers in all of baseball, for players who would not contribute to the MLB team that season, hurt our chances of making the playoffs at all last year?

yankeeclipper21 said...

Steven Fischer...Absolutely it hurt losing Chapman and Miller. On the other hand, the loss of afraud helped immensely and then being able to add Sanchez, Austin, Judge helped more. I think the Yankees were able to rebuild and stay very competitive at the same time, particularly with getting Chapman back for nothing. Brilliant strategy by management.

Frank Sergi said...

I felt that Cashman and Girardi knew that by kicking out afraud and trading Miller and Chapman would allow the them to fill the roster spots with youth who were close to ML ready and stay in playoff contention. They were right.

Steven said...

Okay, but it's not like they had to lose Chapman and Miller to add the guys you mentioned - if they really thought they were in contention for a WS, wouldn't it had made the most sense to keep the two relievers and bring up everyone else?

My whole point is that trading Miller and Chapman did not help last years team. Loved the moves, but they did not help the team LAST YEAR. So how else can I view the moves other than at least slightly conceding last season?

Nick Polito said...

Frank Sergi, and it was in house youth. Sanchez achieved beyond expectations and Austin and Judge struggled, but got their feet wet and contributed far more than afraud could.

Victor Grandozi said...

What happened last year was what many posters state here. We, the fans have no knowledge of the trades, deals, and knowledge that the Yankee management has. We go with the flow and hope for the best. So far so good. There is going to be a heck of a lot of blooming and growing over the next few seasons.

Jimmy Thames said...

In my opinion Gardner and Ellsbury get to much flak from fans. Not here. I have no problem with either of them in the outfield until someone comes along who can push them out.

Jill Byrnes said...

Yes fans. 2017 is around the corner. Time to bloom and grow. Lets go Yankees.

YankeeMike said...

Steven, the Yankee moves of bringing up Sanchez, Judge, and Austin positively helped the team last season. No doubt about it. The Yankees had to create open roster spots to allow the three rookies to be put on the roster. They did and things went well, but not well enough. Plus the rookies got big league experience, another plus.

KevMac said...

No matter what opinions are, in my opinion spring camp should be very exciting for the Yankees and their fans. Let the naysayers whine.

bigbadwolf said...

Happy New Year to all WIN METHOD Yankee fans, the smartest baseball fans in the world.

Lori Kelly said...

bigbadwolf...I agree wolfie and I wish the same.

Richmonman said...

Happy New Year fans. Lets go Yankees.

jimbo said...

In reading the recent discussion, it behooves me how anyone could believe the Yankees did not get better when they added Austin, Judge, and Sanchez to the major league roster late last season. The three combined to be key factors in producing when it mattered most tohelp the Yankees win several games last season.

AAA said...

Jimbo, well said. More blooming and growing on the way.

Kenny Shepherd said...

It is just nice knowing there will be no afraud on the roster contaminating the youngsters for the first time in far too long.

Steve said...

WIN METHOD fans. We are so lucky to be part of this blog and the positive attitudes here are uplifting.
Excuse me for posting this garbage from a Yankee talk forum that may be one of the foulest out there.

Here is the quote....
""Sanchez-2 months in the majors, hitting like he never has before. Who knows about 2017?
Bird-See Sanchez. Plus he just missed a season recovering from surgery. 2017???
Austin-Alternative to Bird. Coming off 2 months in MLB when he didn't hit well. 2017???
Judge-Looked overmatched in 6 weeks vs major league pitching. 2017???
Holliday-At 37, hoping he reverts to what he was 3 years ago when healthy & productive. 2017?
CC-Hoping last season wasn't a mirage. 2017?
Pineda-Maybe this is the year.
Severino-See Pineda. 2017???
5th starter-Usual suspects or unproven prospects. 2017???""

Warren Hammond said...

Think about this, any poster on any forum or blog can post negativity about every single player on every single team in baseball. The negativity tells much about the mindset of the poster and just how useless their life may be.

Gail Holden said...

That is a dreadful quote from a dreadful person. How can people go through life with such negative thoughts.

Bud Light said...

Gail Holden, they are called stat frauds.

NJYANKEE said...

The garbage posted on those other sites displays in no uncertain terms why the WIN METHOD blog is number one in the world.

Happy New Year. 2 days 5 hours and 5 minutes to go.

Steven said...

Jimbo
Not sure if that was directed towards me, but literally no one said that those players didn't help. For the record the Yankees went 24-23 after bringing everyone up, so the team really wasn't better overall.

Jeb Hill said...

Hope everyone has a happy and healthy New Year.

Yankeedoodledandy said...

Steven, I did a bit of research and from what I see after 8/2 the Yankees were 53-53. On 8/3 Sanchez started MLB play and after 8/12 the Yankees were 59-56. That is plus 3 wins. On 8/13 Judge and Austin started MLB play and at seasons end the Yankees were 84-78. That is plus 6 wins. If the Yankees could be plus 3 wins each month for 2017 that would allow them to be plus 18 wins for the season or equal to a 90-72 record.

Cal Fuerst said...

There was no question that the youngsters were key components in those extra wins. My money is on Yankeedoodledandy over Steven.

Steven said...

Cool - they were only 2 games over .500 after all three were brought up correct?

Yankeedoodledandy said...

Steven, No.

Steven said...

Sorry you're right they were 3, my fault.

Yankeedoodledandy said...

Steven, One was brought up and then two others were brought up. From the day the first was brought up followed by the other two, the Yankees were a positive 6 games to end the season. That is an average of plus 3 games for each of the two months. Extrapolating the plus 3 games a month over a season would lead to a 90-72 season. Very doable.

Cal Fuerst said...

Ah, the story of my bets, winning the ones that don't pay off.

Augie DeFonce said...

The spin of the stat fraud world rears its ugly head. But here they are corrected and record is set straight. From the time the Yankees brought up their first rookie in 2016 Sanchez and quickly added Austin and Judge, the Yankees played six games over five hundred ball during that time frame.

Wayne Littlebear said...

Augie...that is fact in the real world.

Steven said...

My god people I made a mistake when I looked at the records and admitted to my error, literally you're the least welcoming group to any differing opinions. Lame.

Jack Gordon said...

Happy New Year!!!!!!

yankeeclipper21 said...

Steven, no, no. Your error is on you, if in fact it was an error. Stat frauds have a reputation for using misleading numbers. Far too many fans here have been run out of countless forums for speaking their voices and using irrefutable facts while doing so.
How about you commenting on a point brought up that the six game positive W/L record over the last two months last season when extended over a season could be an eighteen game positive W/L record. Or don't you comment on positives? I am one, myself. Run out of three so far, but found a great, honest, and fair site here.

Jack Bauer said...

Yes fans. Only wins determine the best. ALWAYS! No other stat determines who is best. Learn it, like it, live it, or forever remain stupid.

Nancy Groh said...

Jack Bauer, I agree. I am always amazed when people try to tell me how great the losers are.

Tim Hergenraeder said...

Happy New Year and a Healthy New Year.

Teena/Bronx said...

Staying home for tomorrow night festivities and will watch the ball drop on TV. Happy New Year everyone.

Robert Mandel said...

It looks like either Steven is busy and hasn't read yankeeclipper21's post to him or he just doesn't want to respond.

Gil McKenzie said...

Teena/Bronx, staying home is smart. Just like not taking mom out for dinner on Mothers Day.

candycane said...

We are closing the year on a high. Did not trade any of our WIN METHOD chips, signed Chapman, and looking forward to blooming and growing in 2017. HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Yankeeforever said...

Smile, be happy, Yankee baseball will be back in 2017, with a vengeance. Happy New year.

sid greenberg,nyc said...

Happy New Year all.

Pete H said...

My best to everyone for 2017.

Hugh Frazier said...

Party time tomorrow night. Happy New Year.

Wilsonsway said...

My hope for 2017. Lets go Yankees.

Steven said...

Haha Robert - yes sorry for having a life.

I think I already said I was in error, but yes the kids definitely helped. However back to my original point way back when- I don't for a second believe the Chapman/Miller trades were done to open up roster spots, I do believe that was cashman conceding last season and focusing on the future.

Tony Manchu said...

It's New Years Eve. Happy New Year WIN METHOD fans.

NJYANKEE said...

Steven, Yes we know you were in error. Yes we know the kids made the team better, thus aiding the belief that losing Chapman and Miller for 50 games was no disaster, and yes we know Chapman and Miller being dealt along with the kicking out of afraud opened the roster spots for the three youngsters. Also Teixeira retiring opens the roster sport for Bird this season.

You never commented on the +3 wins for August and September being extended for a full season of 6 months equalling +18 wins for the season equalling a 90-72 record.

Steven said...

What are you looking for me to say on it? It's correct math. Obviously you can't just extrapolate records like that since that's not how seasons work, but yeah they'd be a playoff team if they played like that all season. Be more needy jeez.

johnny said...

Lets go Yankees. Happy New year.

Steven said...

Also when you say "no disaster", this team was fighting for a playoff spot, they needed every win they could get. Bringing up the rooks and keeping Miller and Chapman would have been the play if they were truly going for it all last year, Im not sure why you're so intent to underplay the fact that those trades were made for the benefit of the future at the expense of last season.

Deb F said...

Steven, I think people here like to read positive ideas and views. You seem to find it difficult to be positive. People have different outlooks, but express them in a positive way.

Like this...Gary Sanchez had an amazing two months last season and if he continued that rate for an entire season he could hit over 60 HRs. I wouldn't expect that, but what if he only did half as well and hit over 30 HRs. That would be great. Austin and Judge struggled but both showed good power. Their time in the majors last season likely helped them to some degree and going to spring training and getting help their could easily improve them to the degree than can really help the team in 17. Then we have so many young pitchers, if just one or two could come of age it would be great. No matter we will be better in 17 and make the playoffs.

NJYANKEE said...

Steven, without the removal of Chapman, Miller and afraud the Yankees would have had to eliminate three other players to make room on the roster for the rookies. Who would the other three have been?, and who is to say that they couldn't have helped the team any more than Chapman and Miller. I left out afraud because anyone in the system could have helped more than the fraud.

Steven said...

They wouldn't have had to add Tyler Clippard and Adam Warren to the roster, who are not nearly as good as Chapman and Miller...forget about those moves?

Steven said...

Anyway I'm not going to debate you, if you think the Yankees best move was to trade their top two relievers to make roster space for rookies then so be it.

bigbadwolf said...

Deb F, you doing some social work here?

Todd Griffin said...

Steven, now you are trying to manage the team. We as fans do not have the information and knowledge that management and ownership has. We let them make the the decisions, deals, trades, and contracts.

Deb F said...

bigbadwolf, just trying to end the year on a good note, wolfie. Turn a gloom and doomer into a bloom and grower.

Steven said...

Haha no I'm not, the number of arms in the bullpen didn't change because we traded Miller and Chapman, we brought in other arms to replace them.
Also Deb - I really haven't said anything negative at all, you should try reading. In fact one of my first points mentioned how I thought the team had a bright future.

NJYANKEE said...

Steven, the Yankees still played with 25 men. When players come onto the roster others have to come off the roster.

Phil Jenkins said...

Steven, you said the Yankees conceded the season. Wouldn't that mean you thought they gave up on the season? I don't think for a moment they gave up on the season and their record indicates they played better and won more.

Steven said...

Plain and simple - when Cashman traded away Beltran, Nova, Miller and Chapman near the deadline- he was doing so not to strengthen the team for the 2016 season, but to strengthen the team for future seasons.

Steve said...

Steven, you forgot kicking afraud off the team. I agree to a degree. They had solid rookies ready to get promoted. The only way to get them on the team and give them full playing time was to open spots on the roster. Beltran gone opened rf for Judge. afraud gone opened a full time dh spot in the lineup. Miller gone they knew they had Severino and used him several times in close games where he went multiple innings to help win the games. Chapman was the easiest because they knew he was coming back via WIN METHOD. Nova gone gave Mitchell a few starts. They were able to strengthen the 2016 team and bloom and grow the 2017 team at the same time. The Yankees NEVER gave up on 2016. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Steven said...

Hey Steve guess what, I never said the team gave up. I said Cashmans moves were made for the future, there were other players that could have been sent down for the rookies if he was really going all in for 2016. http://m.yankees.mlb.com/roster/transactions/ - seriously look at the actual transactions

You're arguing something I never said.

Ben Rosen/Israel said...

Happy New Year fans. Time is growing short for 16. 17 looks like a great year in many ways.

Steve said...

Steven, Correct you never directly said the team gave up but you implied such when you stated a couple of times that Cashman gave up the season for the future. I don't think he gave up on the season and in fact he made the team better at the conclusion of 2016. The W/L record gives credence to that.

Jill Byrnes said...

Happy New Year folks. May it be a healthy and happy one for all.

KevMac said...

Steve, it always comes down to wins and losses.

Izy Hernandez said...

Happy New Year.

Linda Pardo said...

Happy New Year Yankee fans. Be careful out there tonight.

Yanks23245 said...

Lets have a big season in 2017. Lets bloom and grow. Yes we can.

Saul Irving said...

Happy New Year.

Jen Vitter said...

I would just like to say I am thankful for being a Yankee fan.

Oliver Needham said...

Happy and healthy New Year to all.

johnsondc said...

Thank you all posters here, particularly you very very special WIN METHOD fans. May everyone have a very happy and healthy 2017.

Jimmy Thames said...

Happy New Year and wishing everyone the best for 2017. We will be great again.

Gus Papa said...

Thank you johnsondc and all the WIN METHOD people behind the scenes. Happy New Year.

Yankeeforever said...

To all my friends on WIN METHOD. Happy and healthy New Year 2017.

Tony Gigante said...

Down to minutes. Happy New Year.

Teena/Bronx said...

It's 2017. It's the year the Yankees bloom and grow. Best of luck guys. Yes you can.

Benny Pake said...

Is anyone awake yet. Happy New Year.

candycane said...

I made it. Up before noon. Happy New Year.

Hector Lopez said...

It's 2017, the year the Yankees bloom and grow.

Domenic said...

A nice peaceful afternoon recuperating. Lets go Yankees.

RLA said...

Very pleasant transformation from 16 to 17. It is going to be a great year.

Erica Johnston said...

Happy New Year.

Karl R said...

Hope everyone had a good New Years Eve. Best wishes for the new year to all.

Ivan Norrionkos said...

Looking forward to a fantastic Yankee season.

Sal Mineo said...

Just remember everyone. YES WE CAN.

Yankeedoodledandy said...

"""Jimmy Thames said...
In my opinion Gardner and Ellsbury get to much flak from fans. Not here. I have no problem with either of them in the outfield until someone comes along who can push them out.

December 28, 2016 at 4:49 PM"""
No question Jimmy. Until people who can produce when it counts more than either Ellsbury or Gardner I have no problem with either. Particularly defensively. With Sanchez in the lineup backed by bats that were not in the lineup last year, Ellsbury and Gardner may be more valuable.

Patricia Piper said...

I'm looking to see the young pitchers this spring and watch them bloom and grow.

Warren Hammond said...

The young pitchers will have a battle. Mitchell had a great spring last until breaking his toe/foot. He lost most of the season and lost innings. Montgomery is coming along nicely as is Enns and Adams. Then there is Severino (Louie Louie) who may mature a little after a disappointing 2016. Kaprielian may need minor league time after his injury. There are others and you never know when and who will bloom and grow first and best.

Sharon/NC said...

A pretty picture Warren. The competition hopefully will challenge the kids and bring out the best.

Gus Papa said...

There will be surprises in store for the naysayers out there.

Jerry Curcio said...

All we want is wins. Wins separates the winners form the losers. Nothing else matters.

Swen Jorgenson said...

Warren, if just one or two can earn rotation spots this season.

Peter Raines said...

Cessa and Green may have something to say about the rotation.

Norm Jackson said...

That is about 8 guys who have a shot. The ones with ML experience likely have an edge.

Lori Kelly said...

Maybe someone or two will have a bloom and grow epiphany.

Vladimir Tinzik said...

So we have Tanaka, Sabathia, Pineda, Cessa, Green, Severino, Mitchell, Montgomery, Warren, Enns, Adams, Kaprielian. Unless there are guys in the background that is 12 guys vying for 5 spots. Very doable.

Boston Yankee said...

Throw in Sheffield, Acevedo, Abreu, Tate, Clarkin, Finley, Perez, and Martinez. You never know, but there are many possibilities now and down the road.

johnsondc said...

Is everyone forgetting Zach Littell. He make it 20 guys. And he may have as good a chance as any.

Walt Bellamy said...

Bloom and grow, bloom and grow. Lets go Yankees.

Yankeedoodledandy said...

Now you all got me worked up even more about this season.

Cam Howe said...

Been away. Happy New Year everyone.

muchomachoman said...

The pressure is on to perform and earn a spot. Win and you are in.

Quay Ho said...

Win, what a beautiful and meaningful word.

Al Ashton said...

There are several more way down in the lower minors that may open some eyes soon. Bloom and grow.

Mark Wagoner said...

And then there are all the position players, some here, some near, and some right behind.

Linda Rice said...

Lets play baseball.

Xavier Young said...

Baby steps, one at a time, move forward, bloom and grow.

Andy K said...

Not only yes we can but yes we will.

Cory said...

Assuming that Tanaka, Sabathia, and Pineda have three of the five spots, that leaves just two for seventeen guys to compete for. That is assuming and assuming can be dangerous.

Doug Shoen said...

Throw in the idea of the Yankees making a deal for a starter before the season starts.

Tony Manchu said...

Doug.....I hope not unless we give away very little. I wouldn't want anyone we give away to become a star for someone else.

Greg Colinsky said...

Tony Manchu, that is always the chance you take with trades. However, the edge we have is having so much young talent at several levels.

will-i-am said...

The Yankees always have the option of moving pitchers in and out of the rotation depending any of a myriad of factors. Particularly performance.

Victor Bruno said...

Ah!!! The problems of having too much.

AAA said...

You never have to much. Bloom and grow.

Jack Gordon said...

All I can say is lets go Yankees.

NJYANKEE said...

Cashman, just say no to the White Sox unless they drastically reduce their demands for Quintana.

Tom Loughlin said...

I don't want Quintana at all for any top prospects. I will take him for Refsynder, Hicks, Romine, Headley and Shreve.

NJYANKEE said...

Tom Loughlin, trying to dump many players and open up the spots for the kids? I can live with it.

Carl Hooks said...

Yes we must be in the off season.

Bob Behan said...

In my opinion I think we have better than Quintana in our system right now.

John Hartnett said...

Bob Behan, I agree. And we may have several better.

Sharon/NC said...

I just pray that WIN METHOD convinces Hal Steinbrenner to keep the kids and give them all a chance to bloom and grow.

Steve said...

I would rather stick with the youngsters also. There is no reason if given a real chance to play and develop thru the minor league system that several kids should not be able to be proficient productive WIN METHOD major league forces.

Paul Hirschman said...

Hear hear, Sharon/NC and Steve.

Cal Fuerst said...

"""" Tom Loughlin said...
I don't want Quintana at all for any top prospects. I will take him for Refsynder, Hicks, Romine, Headley and Shreve. January 4, 2017 at 6:51 PM """"

I can agree with this type of trade. But not for the top youngsters.

Glen Corbett said...

I hope that the Yankees, no matter which way they decide, the decision is to make the team better.

bigbadwolf said...

Rumor has it Louie Louie has been training with Pedro Martinez in the Dominican Republic this winter, and is working on his changeup.

Jeb Hill said...

Louie Louie developing into the pitcher many here think he can be, a force to be reckoned with, would go a long way in moving the Yankees wins bar.

reinvaldez said...

Is it possible Louie Louie blooms and grows this season?

Eddie OConnor said...

reinvaldez, Lets hope so. That would be great for the team.

Jessica Morgan said...

So much to look forward to this season.

Victor Grandozi said...

There aren't enough innings in spring training for all the young pitchers to get enough time in to prove themselves one way or the other.

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