My New Year’s Resolutions and/or Advice For Selected Yankees
By Paul Semendinger
January 1, 2021
Note – Thanks to all our readers for another great year last year. It is so wonderful to be able to talk baseball and share my love of the Yankees with all of you. Here’s to a great 2021. I hope this year brings you an abundance of love, happiness, kindness, and health.
The following are the New Year’s Resolutions I have for selected Yankees:
Gary Sanchez – Just be yourself as a hitter. Forget about everything else. You have such great raw ability, let that ability guide you. See the ball and hit it – hard. Work hard on the fundamental of catching. Accept the criticisms and the critiques and work hard. Prove your doubters wrong. Be the leader you can be!
Luke Voit – Stay strong and focused. Do not let your success go to your head. Swing for line drives and the homers will come.
Gleyber Torres – If you play shortstop this year, you’re going to need to work hard at at. Don’t let what happens in the field impact your batting. Separate each and be the best you can be in both spots.
Gio Urshela – Take your time healing. Let your body rest. Don’t rush your return. The Yankees need you 100% all year. You have become an essential piece.
Clint Frazier – How bad do you want it? This can be your year. 2021 can be the year you arrive. Don’t get frustrated or down when you’re on the bench. Force the issue by playing hard and playing well whenever you get the chance.
Aaron Judge – Please lay off the pitches low and away… and stay healthy.
Giancarlo Stanton – Stay healthy… and please lay off the pitches low and away.
Aaron Hicks – Stay healthy.
Gerrit Cole – Be the ace. You might have to be the ace, the mentor, the sage, and the leader of the young staff. Guide them well with your words and advice and then show them how to do it when you are on the mound.
Aroldis Chapman – Remember that your fastball isn’t what it used to be, but it’s still great. Pitch to spots, use the slider to keep the batters off-balance. The change-up can be a great weapon this year. Remember that each day is a new day. Last year is over. Move on and help bring the Yankees a trophy.
Domingo German – Stand up and admit what you did (whatever it was), be sincere, show remorse, tell the public how you will change, and then be the change.
Luis Severino – The Yankees need you in 2021, but they need you more way beyond that. Don’t rush back. You’ve done that already. Take it slowly. Heal properly. Come back when your body is ready.
Zack Britton – Be ready at all times to be the other closer, but also to be the guy who comes in at any time, like the firemen of old. Pitch your heart out because the Yankees are going to need you to be great.
Adam Ottavino – Trust your stuff. That curveball is great fun, but you need to trust your other pitches. You have the talent. Do it.
D.J. LeMahieu – Please make a decision already.
Brian Cashman – Seize the day… there are great players out there to be had. Make this team the best it can be.
Hal Steinbrenner – Forget about the Luxury Tax and spend, spend, spend. The time is now for this core. It’s not next year. We’re all tired of “next year” already. Your fans thirst for a championship. It’s been a long time. I don’t want to see an off-season with no action and then sad faces in October saying, “We were close.” This team has flaws, please allow Mr. Cashman to do whatever he needs to do to build a championship. These can be the glory years, but it begins now in the off-season by making deals and signing players.
Aaron Boone – Trust your instincts and feel for the game. Every decision doesn’t have to be based on the sabermetric formulas. Play your hunches. Trust in the ability of your team. Make it fun. Oh, and please, please, please, please (and please) stress the fundamentals in Spring Training. Make this team the best it can be.
John Sterling – Please feel free if you need a day off (or if Susan needs a day off) to call me to assist in the booth. I’ll make you proud.
To All The Yankees – WIN! Let’s have a fun 2021 season!
Let’s Go Yankees!!!