When you run through a list of reasons for a team winning a title in a shortened season, solid starting pitching, strong bullpen and deep lineup are the top three selections.
Now, with MLB hoping to launch a 60-game regular season and a 10-team postseason in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic and in front of empty stadiums, at least in the beginning, Zack Britton has added another tool: self-motivation.
Having pitched for the Orioles in a vacant Camden Yards against the White Sox in 2015, Britton understands it’s not easy.
“When I played in the no-fan game in Baltimore and it was something that I remember directly saying, ‘I hope I never have to do this again,’ ” Britton said Friday on a Zoom call from Yankee Stadium, where he worked out and went through testing a day ahead of the Yankees’ first full-squad workout Saturday that will jump-start spring training 2.0. “It’s going to be a challenge. I have spoken to some guys on our team about it and what it felt like. It is something that we are going to talk about again in the next couple of days.
“I think the team that can self-motivate the best is going to be the…