Yankees: Clint Frazier details ‘serious’ mental health problems last season

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The New York Yankees ex-outfielder Clint Frazier has finally come out and discussed his last and final season with the Yankees. He admitted that mental stress affected his play. The once magical player with a quick bat went from a bright future to one of the Yankees’ most disappointing players while being immature and mysteriously having health issues.

Weeks after the Yankees parted ways with Clint Frazier and days after Frazier had more snarky comments about the Yankees, throwing the club under the bus, he has opened up and has explained his side of the story.

First, we should go back to 2018 when Frazier started the season on this disabled list due to a head-first concussion suffered during spring training when he crashed into an outfield wall. Then, fast forward to 2021, the Yankees got a scare in spring training when Clint Frazier slammed into the left-field wall going after a Willi Castro homer in the bottom of the fourth at Joker Marchant Stadium. I point out these two incidents because they may have something to do with his 2021 struggles.

Frazier’s time with the Yankees has been a roller coaster ride, taking him from being a heralded future Yankee star to being released by the Yankees and signing with the Chicago Cubs. Frazier’s ability to hit with his quick bat mainly was never a question, but his defense in the outfield dogged him throughout his Yankee career, causing him to be riding on the Yankee’s shuttle more than he should have been. His defensive abilities went from sub-par to sound, even to being considered for a Gold Glove Award and back down to questionable at best.

Frazier’s lack of maturity also dogged him throughout his time with the Yankees. Frazier refused to talk to reporters after one poor game in the outfield. After poor play and being sent down to Scranton on one occasion, Clint had some not-so-nice things to say about the team, even going to the point of scrubbing images and any mention of the Yankees from his social media accounts.

In 2021, Frazier played in only 66 games, batting .186. Frazier removed himself from a game on June 30, 2021, complaining of dizziness, and two days later was placed on the Yankees’ injured list. He underwent neurological testing in July and was sent on a minor league rehab assignment in August; there, he suffered another setback complaining of vision issues. These mysterious, undiagnosed health issues would lead him to sit out the remainder of the season. Some analysts believed he might never play the game again. On November 19, he was designated for assignment and released on November 23. A week later, he signed a one-year contract with the Cubs.

More recently, Frazier had some parting shots for the Yankees but said during an appearance on Barstool’s Short Porch podcast that it wasn’t until recently that he faced struggles with his mental health. It affected his quality of life, and he knew he needed to take it seriously.

“I was severely symptomatic with some of these past issues that I was having,” Frazier said. “I was like, ‘We gotta pick the pace up. I need help. I need serious f—in help.’’

As the 2021 season progressed, Yankee fans were confused and perplexed with the health issues affecting Frazier. It was first diagnosed as vertigo, then dizziness, vision problems, and depth perception problems; with most ruled out, it left fans and the Yankees wondering what exactly was going on. Frazier now admits it may have just been stress affecting his play.

“When people were all over me for diving, I was just trying to catch the ball,” Frazier said. “I thought the ball was right here, and it was right there.”

He also admitted that feeling these symptoms prior to spring training, he never revealed them to the Yankee training staff. He said the team was never aware that he was “fighting for my life.” When the season started, those feelings came back, and even the crowd noise or lights affected his play.

“I showed up to spring training and started to feel better, and then it kind of, like, came back because I had an instance where I bumped the wall again,” he said. “I went into the whole season feeling that exact way.”

Frazier admitted not having a diagnosis for his problems made things even worse. But, he said, regardless of me leaving the Yankees, I had cordial relations with manager Aaron Boone and felt he was friends with GM Brian Cashman, who “always had my back.” In closing, he said he hoped to have face-to-face conversations with some when he returned to the stadium with the Cubs.

The New York Yankees and their fans wish Clint nothing but the best with the Cubs. 

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CC, Jeff Nelson suggests Frazier shut his trap

The New York Yankees designated their failed outfielder Clint Frazier for assignment on Nov. 19 and cut him days later; the move brought to an end his tremulous time with the Yankees. Frazier, now 27 years old, took a one-year $1.5 million contract with the Chicago Cubs. He is now taking shots at the Yankees in usual Clint Frazier form as his immaturity shines through yet again. Some ex-Yankees are not taking it lightly.

Pitcher Jeff Nelson has been one of the most outspoken:

“Here is something for you,” Nelson tweeted. “You can talk the talk but, you have not walked the walk. Love the confidence but, you have to do something on the field.” “Don’t talk s–t about the Yankees when they gave him a chance so, screw you,” Nelson tweeted.

Pitcher CC Sabathia chimed in: 

“If I see another Clint Frazier story, bro, I’m gonna punch somebody in the f–king face,” he said on the R2C2 Podcast, per Audacy’s John Healy. “S–t is ridiculous. That kid played 15 games in the f–king big leagues. Get the f–k out of here with all these stupid ass f–king stories.”

Seiyu Suzuki suggests no-no to the Red Sox via social media

The New York Yankees have been reportedly aggressive in their pursuit of Japanese stud outfielder Seiyu Suzuki. After the lockout is resolved, it is assumed that Brian Cashman will continue that pursuit. Last season the start outfielder had a Suzuki posted a .317 batting average with 38 homers and 88 RBIs, striking out 89 times over 439 at-bats. If the Yankees can land the right-fielder, it could solve two problems for the team. They could move star Aaron Judge to center where he played flawlessly last season, sometimes replacing the ill Aaron Hicks, and put Suzuki in right.

The Yankees were not the only team in hot pursuit of the star; the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays were also aggressive. But in a bit of good news for the Yankees is that Suzuki apparently has scrubbed the Red Sox off his list of teams he might be interested in playing for. He un-followed the Red Sox on social media.

Ex-Yankee Mike Tauchman Korea bound

Many New York Yankee fans were sorry to see lefty Mike Tauchman leave the Yankees. Last season he played only eleven games for the Yankees when they traded him to the San Francisco Giants. He played in only 64 games with the Giants with a .186 batting average. Now a free agent, he has signed with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization, receiving a $300K signing bonus and salary of $700K for a total of $1 million. Hopefully, the outfielder can savage his career overseas.

Aaron Hicks is healthy and reported ready for 2022

Reportedly center fielder Aaron Hicks is healthy and ready to take his place on the field. On the upside, he played winter ball in the Dominican, which is now over. He got off to a slow start but heated up near the end of the season. With the Leones del Escogido he played in twelve games, hitting 4 home runs and batting .265.

The big question with Hicks is if he can stay healthy. History has proven that when he can stay on the field for any time, his hitting improves. However, the Yankees are not counting on him staying healthy. After the lockout is resolved, the Yankees may look to replace him, making him a bench player.

Rob Brantly to be number 3 backstop

The Yankees have re-signed catcher Rob Brantly to a minor league contract. Brantly played six games for the Yankees during the 2021 season, collecting three hits in 21 at-bats. Most of Brantly’s playing time last season came with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he hit .289 in 68 games. By signing Brantly, the Yankees will gain depth in triple -A and a third option at the Stadium, after Gary Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka.

Yankees among the teams that re-invest small amounts back into the team

One big question for Yankee fans, is after the lockout is over, will the Yankees spend the necessary money to improve the team for 2022? The Yankees in the last few years have been among the teams that have spent the least of their revenues to re-invest in their team. In 2018 they spent just 29.5 and only 33% of revenues for payroll enhancement in the last reporting year, 2019. 

The Yankees have some pretty big holes to fill, notably getting a shortstop to play in place of Gleyber Torres that has been moved to second base. Many of the best options are already gone. They also need a valid number two starting pitcher to follow Gerrit Cole. Add to that they need help in center field and also have decisions to make at first base. Both owner Hal Steinbrenner and GM Brian Cashman have indicated that they are willing to spend, but as of this point have done nothing.

Yankees: CC Sabathia torches Clint Frazier after ill-advised exit

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Once upon a time, New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier was expected to be the next big thing. Frazier was an up-and-coming prospect with a lightning-fast bat, presenting surprising power and solid athleticism. However, Frazier dealt with concussions symptoms and vision issues throughout his tenure in pinstripes, playing in a career-high 69 games back in 2019.

This past season with the Yankees, Frazier played in just 66 games, earning a .186 average, .317 slugging percentage, and a measly five homers and 15 RBIs.

General manager Brian Cashman made the tough decision to cut ties with Frazier after years of trying to rely on him as reserve and starting level player. His injury history forced Chasman’s hand. Frazier ended up landing with the Chicago Cubs on a one-year deal but took a few friendly shots at the Yankees on his way out.

Former Yankee CC Sabathia had a few harsh words to send in the way of Frazier, who received plenty of attention for his departure despite doing little to nothing for the team during his tenure.

“If I see another Clint Frazier story, bro, I’m gonna punch somebody in the f–king face,” he said on the R2C2 Podcast, per Audacy’s John Healy. “S–t is ridiculous. That kid played 15 games in the f–king big leagues. Get the f–k out of here with all these stupid ass f–king stories.”

Sabathia is known for his rather hostile approach these days, but Clint’s exit plan was a bit wayward considering the chances and opportunities the Yankees provided him with before signing a new deal with the Cubs. While Sabathia indicated he “hopes” Frazier bounced back with Chicago, the unwarranted shot Frazier took at his former team makes little sense.

The Yankees will now look ahead to replace him with either a prospect from their farm system or a free agent acquisition.

Yankees: Frazier admits he is “glad” he is no longer in New York

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Former New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier is happy he is no longer playing for the Bombers. The outfielder couldn’t establish himself in the Bronx during his five-year tenure, for a myriad of reasons that included poor performance, injuries, defensive issues, and more.

The Yankees designated him for assignment when they needed roster spots to protect prospects from the Rule 5 Draft, then released him. He was signed by the Chicago Cubs on a one-year contract, worth around $1.5 million, and he will receive ample opportunities to earn regular or semi-regular playing time.

On Tuesday, on a Twitter exchange with some fans, he was saying how happy he is to get this renewed opportunity. One user wrote that he was glad Frazier is no longer with the Yankees, to which the outfielder replied “so am I” with several laughing emojis.

Both he and the Yankees needed to move on

There are two ways of viewing Frazier’s stint with the Yankees. One of them is that he had ample chances of securing a role, and failed every time but 2020. The other way is that the Yankees mishandled him in his early years.

Either way, blaming the kid for wanting a fresh start in a new organization is pointless. It’s still somewhat surprising to see him admit it publicly, but he does deserve a renewed chance, and the Yankees weren’t going to be able to give it to him.

“I’m so excited to join the Cubs — one of the biggest reasons I chose to come here was the fan base and how electric you guys can be towards your players. I’ll be just as electric for you guys too. here’s to leaving my razor at home,” he wrote, in a clear reference at the Yankees’ no facial hair policy.

Frazier, who had a .239/.327/.434 line with a 105 wRC+ with the Yankees, will have to compete with Rafael Ortega, Jason Heyward, Ian Happ, Harold Ramirez, and Michael Hermosillo for playing time in Chicago.

Yankees: Clint Frazier rips Yankees on his way out after signing new deal with Cubs

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The New York Yankees designated outfielder Clint Frazier for assignment on Nov. 19 and cut him days later; the move brought to an end his tremulous time with the Yankees. Frazier, now 27 years old, took a one-year $1.5 million contract with the Chicago Cubs. In usual Clint Frazier form, he is now taking shots at the Yankees.

Many believe that Frazier was not handled correctly by the Yankees in his five years with the team. Still, if you look at his time with the Yankees, his personality was never a fit for the Bronx, as evidenced by his on and off snarky comments about the team and his immature behavior. At one point after a poor game in the field, Frazier refused to speak to the media, while another time when he was sent down to Scranton for poor play, he wiped his social media of any mention of the Yankees.

Last season with the Yankees, in just 66 games, he had a .186 batting average, five homers, and 15 RBIs. Frazier has been wildly inconsistent throughout his career but has posted some good numbers at times, notably in 2019, when he racked up a .267 average with 12 homers and 38 RBIs.

During 2020, Aaron Boone made him a daily part of the lineup in the second half. With all that behind him and being given an Opening Day job, Frazier set his sights on new goals, to become an impact player and an All-Star. There was no question that he had the talent, and possibly playing every day, he could become a superstar.

“The goal is to be an impact player, one that shows what I can finally do over the course of 162 games,” Frazier said in a Zoom call with reporters. “I have goals in my head of what I want to accomplish and I do think that they’re pretty fair goals. If I accomplish those, I do think that there’s a good chance that I could find myself on the All-Star ballot if I produce the way that I hope that I can.”

Regardless of his high opinion of himself, the reality is that his health again impacted his play. Before the 2021 season was half over, Frazier came down with mysterious dizziness and vision problems that kept him of the field for the rest of the season. At one point, he started rehab, but again vision problems knocked him down. Many analysts felt it might have something to do with his injury when he smashed into a wall headfirst earlier in his career. Some said he might never play again.

Just as mysterious is his unexplained complete recovery in the postseason, nevertheless, the Chicago Cubs are taking a one-year chance with Frazier.

One Twitter user wrote that he was glad the outfielder was no longer with the Yankees, Frazier had a simple response:
“so am i,” Frazier wrote, followed by four crying laughing emojis.

In one of his childish moves, in 2017, he wanted the Yankees to un-retire Micky Mantle’s number 7, so he could have it. Now a Cub that has come up again. Frazier wrote that he will be “continuing to wear #77 as well — I requested #7, but unfortunately, it was taken, marking that as the first time I ever asked for that number.” Frazier denied he ever asked for Mantle’s number. Also, in his tweets, he made fun of the Yankee uniform and stated that he would be leaving his razor at home.

Yankees fans wish Frazier nothing but the best with his new club, but at the same time will be watching to see how he acts with the Cubs when things don’t go his way.

Yankees News: Bombers officially say farewell to “Red Thunder,” Tyler Wade bids adieu

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Last week, the New York Yankees designated for assignment Clint Frazier, Tyler Wade, and Rougned Odor. Early this week, the Bombers executed a trade that sent Wade to the Los Angeles Angels, but Frazier and Odor passed through waivers unclaimed.

The Yankees had an opportunity to bring back Frazier and designate him for assignment in the minor-league system, but they elected to outright cut him after a disappointing 2021 season.

Frazier posted a measly .186 average, 5 homers, and 15 RBIs over 66 games this past year before missing the majority of the season due to migraines. He recorded a 29.8% strikeout rate, a massive number given his contact-centric approach.

At one point, Clint was thought to be one of the Yankees’ top prospects having been the 5th overall pick back in the 2013 June Amateur Draft. Now, he’s simply trying to find a new job on the free agency market. The Yankees simply can’t afford to continue relying on him just for him to miss time at this point, so giving the roster spot to a young prospect or a rising player is far more valuable.

In addition to Frazier, Wade also paid his farewells via social media.

New York, the last 9 years have been a dream. I can’t thank the fans enough for embracing me and making me feel apart of the city. To All my teammates I’m gonna miss ballin and competing with y’all! New York will always be apart of me! 
Wade will join the Los Angeles Angels after playing in more than 100 games this past season wearing pinstripes. He posted a .268 average with 5 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.
Wade is a speed demon on the base paths and offers solid utility in the infield and outfield, but the Yankees don’t see a purpose for him any longer. We will see how GM Brian Cashman replaces some of his key depth pieces moving forward.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has some high praise for DFA’d outfielder

The New York Yankees, in an effort to protect some of their most prized prospects from being available in the Rule 5 Draft, had to open up some 40-man roster spots last week. They had to let go of several veterans, like Tyler Wade, and failed projects, like Clint Frazier.

Frazier, designated for assignment last week, was decent for the Yankees in 2018 and 2019 (114 and 108 wRC+, respectively) and seemed to break out in the shortened 2020 campaign, with a .267/.394/.511 line and a 149 wRC+.

Last year, however, was a mess for the former Yankees’ top prospect. He hit .186/.317/.317 with an 83 wRC+, or 17 percent below average. He couldn’t build off the success he experienced in 2020, and experienced a lot of physical issues that included dizziness and vision problems.

The most important thing, for him, is to regain his health. That will have to come first, and once that happens, then he will be able to think about turning his career around. It won’t be with the Yankees, it seems.

He couldn’t establish himself with the Yankees, but his career is far from over

On Friday, the Yankees had a week to remove the contracts of Wade, Frazier and Rougned Odor from the roster via trade or irrevocable waivers. If the DFA’d player clears waivers, he can be outrighted to the minors or released.

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone had some words to refer to Frazier. Per Yahoo! Sports:

“Big leagues is hard. Fortunately for him, his story’s not complete from a baseball standpoint. The bottom line for Clint is he’s a guy with a lot of ability and it’s just a matter of – obviously he’s dealt with some different injuries and things that have kept him on and off the field at different times. But I feel like if he gets the right opportunity and the right health, he still has an opportunity to write a really good career story. I certainly wish him well moving forward, but even when you’re really talented, nothing’s a sure thing. … I do feel like he made really good strides on a lot of different areas of his game at different times based on some of the input, whether it be coaching, whatever it may be. Again, I just think some of the [timeliness] because of the different ailments and injuries really was what ultimately kept him from finding a consistent path.”

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Yankees give up on Clint Frazier and other contributors in interesting roster moves

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The New York Yankees announced a small trade on Friday, acquiring TJ Rumfield and Joel Valdez from the Philadelphia Phillies, but they made several other interesting moves, leaving a few contributors from the 2021 season unprotected from other teams on the waiver wire.

Once promising outfielder Clint Frazier might have seen his career in pinstripes come to an end, as New York designated him for assignment and opened up a roster spot for a prospect. This allows another team to snag Frazier off the waiver wire potentially, and if he’s not, the Yankees can assign him to the minor leagues where he could become a free agent if he rejects.

Frazier is coming off a tumultuous campaign at 27-years-old, playing in just 66 games with a .186 batting average, five homers, and 15 RBIs. Clint has been wildly inconsistent throughout his career but has posted some decent numbers over smaller sample sizes, notably in 2019, when he recorded a .267 average with 12 homers and 38 RBIs.

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The former first-round selection has struggled with taking steps forward in his development, mainly due to injuries. He dealt with migraines this past season, something he suffered with in the past. After making his major league debut in 2017, Frazier has never enjoyed more than 246 plate appearances in a single season. While his defense has improved significantly, the Yankees simply need a more reliable option in the outfield, and it seems they have given up on Frazier at this point in time.

In addition to Clint, the Yankees also designated for assignment Rougned Odor and Tyler Wade, two players who featured in over 100 games this past year. Odor posted a .202 average with 15 homers and 39 RBIs, recording a 27.7% strikeout rate. Odor has some pop to his bat but is a low contact hitter and struggled with consistency. He offered a stopgap due to injuries in the infield but otherwise wasn’t very productive.

Wade, on the other hand, posted a .268 average with five RBIs and 17 stolen bases. Wade is versatile in the outfield and has excellent speed but simply doesn’t offer enough power to be in the Yankees’ lineup regularly. He was a last resort for most spots but is a valuable depth piece and situational runner on the base paths.

Because of these three moves, the Yankees were able to protect Stephen Ridings, Ron Marinaccio, Oswaldo Cabrera, Everson Pereira, and JP Sears from the Rule 5 draft.

New York Yankees make moves: Goodbye “Red Thunder”

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The New York Yankees made several roster moves on Friday, some surprising, some not. After a few years of up and down promise the Yankees designated Clint Frazier for assignment. Also hitting the assignment block was Rougned Odor, and surprisingly utility player Tyler Wade. All of these moves were made necessary to protect players from next month’s Rule 5 draft.

Any fan that’s been following Clint Frazier’s career is likely not surprised that the red haired outfielder and the Yankees  are parting ways. He was always praised for his excellent bat speed, but never reached his potential behind the plate. His defense in the outfield was up and down at best, seemingly brilliant at times but more often than not deficient.

In the shortened 2020 season, Frazier hit .267 matching his career high batting average, and due to a few spectacular plays in the field even got nominated for a Gold Glove Award. But then came 2021, when he played in only 66 games, his last on June 30. Mysterious illnesses sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Vision problems and dizziness even cut short a rehab assignment in August. Many analysts think he my never play ball again. After five failed seasons when he never played more that 69 games a season, the Yankees have given up on the young man.

Rougned Odor came over from the Rangers just before Opening Day last season, with Texas picking up his entire salary. Although he added some spark to the clubhouse, apparently the New York Yankees thought he was not good enough to be offered a 2022 salary.

The biggest surprise of the three moves is the Yankees parting ways with Tyler Wade, especially after a season that saw him play in 103 games last season, providing some of the best speed and base stealing qualities. Wade has been with the Yankees five years and had a batting average high of .268 last season. He is noted as one of the best utility players playing both in the infield and outfield. He will surely be picked up quickly by another team that needs that versatility.

In other moves the Yankees added infielder Oswaldo Cabrera, outfielder Everson Pereira, right-handers Ron Marinaccio, Stephen Ridings and lefty JP Sears to the 40-man roster. They also traded Nick Nelson and Donny Sands to the Phillies in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers. Nelson was a big disappointment relieving for the Yankees last season.

The 40-man roster addition of  Cabrera is intriguing and may give a hint to the 2022 Yankee infield. he is 22 and spent most of 2021 at Double-A Somerset, where he played second base, third and shortstop before he was moved up to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He hit well and showed some power from both sides of the plate.

 

 

 

New York Yankee Analysis: Results of my 2021 predictions

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Every year before the season starts, I make my predictions on what the New York Yankees season might look like, who will star, and who will bomb. Last year I bombed out several times but still had a 50% winning percentage. This year’s predictions were made on March 30, 2021, when things looked risky but pretty rosy for the upcoming season. But, of course, things have changed a lot since then, so let’s examine whether I stared or bombed.

1. Gerrit Cole will not perform as expected!

This year after his average spring training performance, I predicted he would go 15-6 with at least 24 home runs given up. He will also leave several games early. I hit this one -pretty much on the nose; Cole hasn’t come close to his 2019 performance with the Astros. Hed ended the season 16-8 with an ERA of 3.23. In 2019 he was 20-5 ERA 2.50. That’s quite a drop-off, particularly in ERA. I hit the nail on the head with my home run prediction; he gave up precisely 24. Projection grade A.

2. DJ LeMahieu will be good, but not as good!

Last year LeMahieu was the New York Yankees MVP and was all of baseball’s batting champ, hitting .364. At the beginning of the season, I suggested that DJ would not come close to those lofty numbers. He will start the season slowly and only marginally improve after the All-Star break. He has definitely not performed like he did last year, with a batting average of about .100 less. Projection grade A.

3. Clint Frazier will shine in his first full season!

Clint Frazier hit .267 last year, and his defense improved so much he was nominated for a Gold Glove Award. This season I predicted the same, except that he will have a better batting average and would play his first entire season with the Yankees. Oh boy, I made an absolute mess of this one. First, Frazier was not as good in the outfield and has bombed at the plate. His batting average is .186, with only five home runs. Then midway through the season, he came down with some ailment that still hasn’t been fully explained. Dizziness and eye focus problems kept him off the field. Projection grade F.

4. Aaron Judge will have an injury-free season

Last year I predicted that Aaron Judge would have an injury-shortened season, and I was correct; he played in only 28 games while nursing injuries. This year in what will probably prove to be my most foolish prediction, I am saying he will play in at least 135 games and stay healthy for most of the season, hitting over 35 home runs. I did considerably better on this one. He mainly stayed healthy and played in 148 games. He hit 39 home runs, four above my prediction. Projection grade A.

5. Gleyber Torres will lead the Yankees in home runs

Last season after Torres hit 38 home runs in 2019; I predicted he would be much better during 2020. I was wrong. I made nearly the same prediction this season, saying that he would return to his winning ways and lead the Yankees in home runs. Suggesting he could hit as many as 45 long balls. We all know how that turned out. His defense was poor to the point that the Yankees gave up on him as their shortstop. If anything could be worse than that, his performance behind the plate was worse. I bombed big time on my prediction. He batted only .259 after an uptick late in the season; he hung around the .210 mark most of the season. He hit only nine home runs. Projection grade F.

6. Domingo German will be the winningest pitcher

After returning to the New York Yankees from his suspension, Domingo German will be the Yankees winningest pitcher. He started the season pitching magnificently in spring training which is what I based my prediction on. I predicted that he would have a 20 game winning season, returning to his 2019 performance when he went 18-4. I completely flopped in this one. German wasn’t close to good. He started the season with a heartbreaking loss and was sent down to Scranton to figure it out. Upon his return, he would go out and have a can’t touch performance, followed by miserable outings. He finished the season just 4-5 in 18 starts. Projection grade F.

7. Jonathan Loaisiga will be the Yankees’ best reliever

Loaisiga has been growing in Yankee importance for the last few years. This spring training, he was just short of perfect. He didn’t allow a run in his first six games. He had a tiny 1.26. He will outshine all the other relievers and give up less than 30 earned runs in the 2021 season. I will add a caveat that that could be affected by the number of innings he throws. I hit this one on the nose. Loaisiga has been the Yankees’ most dependable reliever. He is 9-4 with an ERA of 2.17 in 57 games. He had five saves. With all the pitching injuries, he quickly became Aaron Boone’s go-to guy. Projection grade A.

8. Gary Sanchez will prove the Yankees wrong

Last year I predicted that Gary Sanchez would have the second-most home runs of any Yankee player. I was correct; he shared that stat with DJ LeMahieu. This year I am saying that the New York Yankees made a mistake in offering him to stay with the team. As much as I would like to see him prevail if his spring training performance is was an indication, he will not. Gary gets into long slides that make him ineffective as a hitter. Although he got ten homers last year, he batted a miserable .147. I predict he will have another poor season that may seal his fate with the Yankees. I was pretty correct for the first half of the season, but after the All-Star break, he improved somewhat. He ended the season with a .204 batting average and 24 home runs. Regardless of the somewhat improved season, he is still a topic of controversy. Projection grade C.

9. Yankees will win 108 games

Last season, a 60 games season, I said that the Yankees would win 48 games; they only won 33. I fell substantially short of my prediction. In 2018 and 2019, they won 100 and 103 games. This year with improved pitching, they will exceed that and win 108 games. Unfortunately, I blew this one big time. The Yankees fell far below my prediction, with Aaron Boone guiding the club to only 92 wins on the season, falling eight games behind the East-leading Tampa Bay Rays. Projection grade F.

10. The Yankees will win their 28th World Championship

Last year I made this exact prediction and was very wrong; they didn’t even win the East Division. However, this year I will stick with the same forecast for several reasons. One is that at least at the beginning of the season, most all the Yankees are healthy. With their new pitching staff and the return of both Domingo German and Luis Severino, the New York Yankees will prevail over the significantly reduced Tampa Bay team, with the Toronto Blue Jays coming in second in the East. The Yankees will go on to beat the San Diego Padres in the World Series in seven games. I guess I am the perennial optimist; if they have a chance of winning it all, they have to have a highly dramatic turnaround.

As the Yankees failed miserably, so did my prediction. They won only 92 games but were good enough at the end to face the Boston Red Sox that I predicted would have a failed season. Unfortunately, the Yankees lost the winner take all wild card game, and their season was over. To add insult to injury on my prediction, the San Diego Padres didn’t even make the postseason. Projection grade F.

Notes: In my years of making annual predictions, so far, this has been my worst. However, in my defense, most industry analysts would have agreed with me. This has been a very disappointing season for the New York Yankees and its fans. No one has been able to come up with a reason that one of the most potent lineups in baseball hasn’t been able to hit the ball consistently. They have made far too many basic ball-playing mistakes and pitching failures. Jameson Taillon and Domingo German have underperformed. The loss of Corey Kluber for three months could not have been foreseen. The only part of the team that has mostly shined is the bullpen.

You usually don’t see substantial changes in teams until after the World Series has been completed. The Yankees have announced that they are retaining Aaron Boone as manager for at least another three years. They also will not renew the contracts of their hitting coach, assistant hitting coach, and third base coach. In addition, their first base coach announced he was retiring from the Yankees.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Follow him on Twitter @parleewilliam.