It’s a new year and Yankees spring training is just around the corner. Before long, Opening Day will arrive and the 2017 season will get underway. There are many normal-sounding predictions that one could make about the Yankees—Dellin Betances reaches 130 strikeouts, Gary Sanchez hits 20 homers, etc.
The hot takes are much more entertaining though, so I asked Twitter to give me some bold Yankees predictions for 2017. Below are some of my favorites.
Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez will combine for 65 homers https://t.co/5UglBAAvci— Playoff Eli (@Chris_OTS247) January 6, 2017
Holy hell, that would be amazing and a true dream. Sign me up.
@pinstripealley Miss the playoffs by 5 games, oh wait you said bold, get closed out by Andrew Miller and the Indians in the ALCS.— G (@oo0tusa0oo) January 6, 2017
Well that would just be depressing.
@pinstripealley Aaron Hicks has a 20/20 season— J. Díaz (@constant_gardnr) January 6, 2017
Either Mrs. Hicks has a secret account on Twitter, or @constant_gardnr is the biggest Hicks fan in the world.
@pinstripealley they finish in last place with the worst al era and last in runs. Matt holiday leads the team in homers with 20— Fred Nuñez (@infernoscurse) January 6, 2017
Truly the darkest timeline.
@pinstripealley They win the ALCS in 7 games over Boston. Coming back from a 3-0 deficit. Then beat the Cubs in 7 games.— raizen (@raizenkirsama) January 6, 2017
Counterpoint: Truly the brightest timeline!
@pinstripealley Michael Pineda Cy Young— Tyler Norton (@TylerDNorton) January 6, 2017
The sad thing is that Pineda absolutely has the talent for something like that, and yet Pineda is Pineda.
@pinstripealley 4.50 ERA for Chapman because that would just put a nice bow on this whole thing— Alec Gilfillan (@adgilfillan) January 6, 2017
@clintfrazier will force his way to the majors and win #ROY https://t.co/IQA73Zp979— Kenny Henderson (@HendoBro) January 6, 2017
Red Thunder cometh!
@pinstripealley tanaka, cc, pineda, gardy, romine, headley, clippard, holliday are no longer yankees when they take the field on july 31st— Francis Illuzzi (@FrancisIlluzzi) January 6, 2017
Yowza. That’d be some fire sale.
@pinstripealley the yankees get trout at the deadline— Miranda (@hahamiranduh) January 6, 2017
Get. It. Done. Cash.
A pitcher will hit a homer. https://t.co/0CdmhVptsM— Shane Byrne (@yankeelover15) January 6, 2017
Some American League teams have seen their pitchers homer during interleague play, but the Yankees have not had one go deep for them since Lindy McDaniel in 1972, forty-five years ago. I really, really want to see this happen.
And now, my absolutely absurd favorites:
@pinstripealley Aaron judge 100 homers 500 rbis— Michael Bean (@BeanLordTheGod) January 6, 2017
@pinstripealley better yet, they use @WestworldHBO technologies to recreate Babe Ruth to be their RFer and baseball slave— Travis Miller (@travismiller_0) January 6, 2017
Travis is REALLY thinking here.
@pinstripealley they will win a game.— Death (@_xDeath) January 6, 2017
Whoa, calm down with this #HotTake, Death.
@pinstripealley ronald torreyes breaks single season home run record— Matt Ferenchick (@MattF15) January 6, 2017
Altuve’s got nothin’ on Toe. (Nothin’ on Toeeeee, babe.)
Thanks to all for sending in your tweets! Have any of your own bold predictions? Put ‘em in the comments!