On New Year’s Eve, the New York Yankees have a list of goals to accomplish in 2020. However, when all put together, each results in the same thing, winning championship No. 28.
It’s hard to believe that we’re entering the 11th consecutive year, hoping and praying that this is the season the New York Yankees capture World Series title No. 28.
For most clubs, raising one banner in a decade is a monumental accomplishment; however, the Bronx Bombers aren’t just any team.
And while it would be unfair to label every Yankee club as a World Series contender just because of the iconic jersey they wear, considering what manager Aaron Boone’s bunch achieved in 2019, and the free-agent signing of ace Gerrit Cole this winter, anything less than a parade down the Canyon of Heroes in 2020 will be seen as a failure.
Naturally, a lot needs to go right for any team to run the gamut — from title contenders well before the start of spring training through the end of October. But those are the expectations squarely placed on the shoulders of the 25-men that will make up the Yankees roster.
Sure, bringing in Cole on a record contract boosts the competency and morale of the club — and if his introductory press conference is any indication, he’s already 1-0. But fans and media, alike, must not press the panic button if it takes him a few starts to settle into his new surroundings.
Pitching in the same league is one thing, but this isn’t Houston — and the 29-year-old Cole will find that out real quick, just ask James Paxton who struggled with command in the early stages of 2019 before reeling off 10 straight wins down the stretch.
However, as potent as the Yanks appear on paper, the organization must have goals for players and personnel, alike, to achieve the ultimate goal of winning the World Series this season.