Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 New Year's resolutions for Yankees players, coaches and management

Last season, I wrote that the New York Yankees’ 2015 New Year’s resolution should be to stay the course with their future roster planning and by most measures they did just that. For the organization, I would recommend much of the same for 2016. The transition is in full effect, but will continue to envelop the next couple of seasons to be seen through to fruition.

With that in mind – that’s not much of a blog post – I’ll take a stab at what individuals within the organization should resolve to accomplish in 2016.

The 40-man roster:

Dustin Ackley – drill at least two pinch-hit game-winning homers.

Carlos Beltran – hit, hit and hit because he cannot field, field or field.

Dellin Betances – put out fires and rescue teammates, but now one inning earlier.

Greg Bird – make the most of his 400+ plate appearances whenever/however they come.

Starlin Castro – wash away the memories of two years the Yankees lost at second base.

Aroldis Chapman – wear out a bunch of catcher’s mitts.

Jacoby Ellsbury – EARN a paycheck.

Nathan Eovaldi – boost average number of pitches per start to 105; some strikeouts would be nice too.

Brett Gardner – remember how to steal bases and be consistent for full season.

Didi Gregorius – continue to build on progression; how about an All-Star appearance?

Chase Headley – YIPS be gone!

Aaron Hicks – be ready to fill in all over the outfield.

Brian McCann – 25 homers, 90 RBIs, top-10 pitch framer and top-10 throwing runners out…no problem right?

Andrew Miller – replicate the 2015 season, albeit with less saves.

Bryan Mitchell – be the new Adam Warren.

Ivan Nova – be elsewhere.

Michael Pineda – eclipse 200 innings for first time in career.

Rob Refsnyder – provide value to Yankees as trade piece.

Alex Rodriguez – continue to age gracefully.

CC Sabathia – eek some value out of his massive…$alary

Luis Severino – electrify the fans every fifth day; we’ve been waiting.

Masahiro Tanaka – avoid surgery…again.

Mark Teixeira – one last hurrah and one last paycheck.

Austin Romine – maintain the lead role in Scranton and nothing against him, hope we don’t see him until September.

Gary Sanchez – take the next step which is to learn from McCann.

Chasen Shreve – show up this spring as the Shreve we saw through August of 2015 and stay that way.

Nick Goody, Jacob Lindgren, James Pazos, Branden Pinder and Nick Rumbelow – take turns filling the gas tank for the SWB/NY shuttle.

Ben Gamel, Slade Heathcott and Mason Williams – keep growing boys; if anything is needed from you, there is likely trouble in New York.


Brian Cashman – maintain stealth mode and continue the organization down the chosen path. It will work.

Alan Cockrell – hope his job lasts more than one year.

Joe Girardi – try not to wear out a path from the dugout to the mound by May 1 and trust the youth.

Larry Rothschild – help Eovaldi and Severino take the next step to stardom, and generate the most out of the rest of the rotation.

Hal Steinbrenner – be ready to reinvest when the right opportunity presents itself; it’s part of the process.

If you have any quips of your own leave them in the comments below. I wish you all a happy and healthy 2016.

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Christopher Carelli is a freelance baseball writer. Besides his work here, Christopher is a featured Yankees writer for His baseball commentary has also been published on The Cauldron via Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports and linked multiple times on MLB Trade Rumors’ Baseball Blogs Weigh In. He is a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and the BYB Hub.