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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/20/16

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Yankees might be interested in Edwin Encarnacion; a look at roster construction similarities between the Yankees and the current playoff teams; Cubs being down 2-1 in Game 4 similar to Yankees situation in 1998; a brief look at James Kaprielian and Gleyber Torres in the AFL; Yankees have better pitching depth than a year ago

MLB: ALCS-Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians
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Around the Empire

YES Network | A.J. Herrmann: The Cleveland Indians eliminated the Toronto Blue Jays from the playoffs yesterday afternoon. I doubt many Yankee fans are upset by this news. The news that might upset some fans are the rumors that the Yankees might go after Edwin Encarnacion. Again, the key word is rumors, so we’ll see. After all, he didn’t really do enough to help the Blue Jays edWin the ALCS now did he? Zing!

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: As we get closer to the World Series, a lot of eyes will be on the two remaining teams and what got them to the big dance. In this article, Chad takes a look at the similarities between the roster construction of these teams and compares them to what the Yankees are doing.

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: The 1998 Yankees were an okay baseball team. Remember how they won 114 games in the regular season? Remember how they went down 2-1 against the Indians in the ALCS? The Cubs were facing similar circumstances before yesterday’s win, in terms of expectations. Joe Torre talks about what that was like back in the day when the Yankees were a tad unstoppable.

Fangraphs | Eric Longenhagen: The Arizona Fall League has seen some decent action from our young prospects. James Kaprielian and Gleyber Torres have definitely impressed, to say the least. Here are some brief notes on their progress.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Pitching will pretty much be the primary concern for Cashman and friends as the offseason rolls on. One bit of good news is that the Yankees actually have more depth in their system than before. Yes, even pitching depth. Give this a read to see the difference a year can make.

Fun Questions

  • What kind of contract would you offer Edwin Encarnacion to be a Yankee? (This answer does not have to be serious)
  • What’s you preferred store to shop for groceries?

Song of the Day

Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake

It’s 2003 Week on Pinstripe Alley. In 2003, Mariano Rivera won the ALCS MVP award after Boone’s incredible dinger sent them to the World Series. This year, Andrew Miller won the ALCS for Cleveland, making him only the 5th relief pitcher to do so. Miller is good. 2003 is good. This song is good for slightly taking a jab at the Blue Jays due to their “circumstances” remark the other night. As always, please link us your song of the day.