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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/14/16

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16 discrimination suits filed against the Yanks; What made Adams’ prospect stock rise; Kaprielian providing hope for future; Gardner best draft pick since Jeter; 15 years since “Flip Game”

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DNA Info | James Fanelli: A few weeks back it was announced that the Yankees were able to refinance their deal on Yankee Stadium and take advantage of the low interest rates. As a result of that, they were forced to disclose any claims against them. With that news came out that the Yankees have 16 employee discrimination suits against them, including a suit against the team from a female employee who says that the CFO was “barking at her to stop complaining about sexual harassment and denied her request to speak to the team owner and co-chairman.” There were also eight suits revealed from contracted cleaners who claim they were fired for not speaking English. It’s not good. | Brendan Kuty: Chance Adams is probably the Yankee prospect whose stock has risen the most this year. That is largely because they saw something in him which caused them to convert him from a multi-inning reliever into a starting pitcher. What they saw? “His secondary stuff was above average,” according to Gary Denbo who is the Yankees VP of Player Development.

New York Post | Justin Terranova: The Yankees have a glaring need for pitching now and in the foreseeable future. While there’s no immediate answer for the “now” the hope is that James Kaprielian will be the answer in the future. Two days ago, Kap threw three scoreless innings, and it’s exactly what the Yankees wanted to see out of him. Hopefully he can turn into the reliable pitcher that the Yankees need, while it’s too soon for that, Wednesday was a step in the right direction.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Brett Gardner isn’t the best player on the team, but he’s definitely a good and serviceable player. In fact, according to Baseball Reference’s measure of WAR, he’s been the most successful Yankees draft pick since Derek Jeter. There’s still room/time for the likes of Judge, Kaprielian, and Bird to overtake him but for now Gardner’s 30.3 bWAR stands above all.

Fox Sports | Barry Werner: Yesterday was the 15 year anniversary of Derek Jeter’s famous Flip Game. 15 years later, it still stands as one of the most unbelievable plays in baseball history with everything having to be just perfect for it to work.

Fun Questions

  • If you could own any one NHL, NFL, MLB, or NBA team that’s not the Yankees, what team would it be and why?
  • Predict the winners of the ALCS and NLCS and how many games it takes each to get there.

Song of the Day

Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis Presley

It’s Fashion Week on Pinstripe Alley. This is one of my favorite Presley songs, and I realized it’s not often I get to link to a song from the King so I had to take advantage of the opportunity. As always, please link us your song of the day.