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For this Yankees group, earning a ‘title’ means winning a championship

BRONX, N.Y. β€” It’s time to win a World Series. We’re long past the fun ride the 2017 season provided. Perhaps some New York Yankees and some fans learned the wrong lessons from that season. Yes, you overachieved. No, you did not win. You still haven’t.

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There are standards and expectations around here in the Bronx. We proudly brag and boast with the best of them but this group needs to win a championship.

The “Baby Bombers” was a cool nickname and no disrespect to Harold Miner but nobody remembers “Baby Jordan.” They do remember Michael Jordan. Happy birthday, Michael.

When Buck Showalter told a struggling young Bernie Williams in 1993, “you know what comes after ninth, right?” Williams responded and stayed in the lineup through 2006. Perhaps Gary Sanchez will follow that example after being called out by general manager Brian Cashman.

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It’s time for Aaron Judge to lead on the field like Derek Jeter and Paul O’Neill, by staying on the field and playing through pain.

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Speaking of Jeter, Gleyber Torres can show the Yankees there’s no need to open up the wallet to the rest of the elite shortstop field in the 2021 offseason.

It’s time for Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks to keep healthy and deliver the swagger and big postseason blasts consistently like Reggie Jackson and Darryl Strawberry once did.

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The time is now for Luke Voit, Clint Frazier, Gio Urshela, and perhaps somewhere Miguel Andujar, to prove they can stick and erase all doubts of phrases such as “career year,” and “potential.”

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With his contract squared away, time for DJ LeMahieu to leverage his long-term deal as a leader and hard-nosed de facto captain.

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It’s time for Gerrit Cole to become the new David Cone, as a de facto pitcher captain in the clubhouse, pushing and changing the culture and standards. It’s time for Luis Severino to put it all together as Ron Guidry did in his age 27 season.

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It’s time for the rest of the pitching staff to reach beyond stuff and potential and learn how to get big timely outs like a Jimmy Key in the starting rotation or a Ramiro Mendoza out of the bullpen.

In 2019, manager Aaron Boone dubbed his team a bunch of “f—ing savages in the box.” That’s all fine and good. Yet, titles and nicknames should be earned. These Yankees can earn the title of champions by winning one.