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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/26/16

Torres wins AFL Player of the Week; Tate working on adding innings; Francesa complains about YSIII enhancements; LeBron still a NYY fan; #HIROK still workmanlike; Miller is “living the dream”

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Awww yisss, Player of the Week!
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Around the Empire | Nicole Vasquez: Since coming over from the Cubs organization, Gleyber Torres has been as advertised so far. He even earned an A from Pinstripe Alley’s Roster Report Card series, and he’s continued his success now in the Arizona Fall League. In this second week of games, Torres has been named the AFL’s Player of the Week. Congrats to him and hopefully we can see some of that potential in the Bronx one day. #GleyberGood | Jim Callis: Dillon Tate, acquired from the Rangers in the Carlos Beltran trade, is also participating in the AFL this year for the Yankees. Though he’s given up some runs, that’s okay because his main focus this fall is on adding innings. In addition to Tate, the Yankees also have Nestor Cortes, J.P. Feyereisen, James Kaprielian, and Brody Koerner as pitchers in the AFL. On the other side of the ball, in addition to Torres, the Yankees have Greg Bird, Miguel Andjuar, and Tyler Wade as hitters in the AFL.

New York Daily News | Brett Bodner: Mike Francesa who, for reasons unbeknownst to me, still has a radio show where he’s allowed to speak things spoke yesterday. As Greg pointed out in yesterday’s news, Yankee Stadium is going through some enhancements this offseason. While the enhancements are kind of underwhelming for the most part, and there is plenty to criticize, one of the things Francesa complains about is how the Kids’ Clubhouse will also include a private area for nursing mothers. Like of all the things, that’s like the last thing anyone should complain about. How is that in any way a bad thing?

New York Post | Marc Berman: Known for his Yankee fandom, LeBron James caused some controversy (not really, but it’s the offseason so anything is news) earlier when he was seen publicly rooting for Cleveland throughout the postseason and now in the World Series. Well thankfully (?) James has explained that he’s still a Yankees fan, but he’s just pulling for Cleveland right now. Phew. Glad we got that out of the way.

Kyodo News | Jim Allen: Hiroki Kuroda, pitching for the first time in his career in the Japan Series, left to a standing ovation with two outs in the fifth and a one-run lead. The fans thought there was a chance this would be the final game of his career so they gave him a proper send-off. Unfortunately, in true #HIROK fashion, his team let him down and the Hiroshima Carp ended up losing the game. However, what this means, is that Kuroda likely gets another chance to pitch before calling it a career. Rooting for the Carp to win this series!

Players’ Tribune | Andrew Miller: Andrew Miller (sobs) talks about what it was like when he first arrived in Cleveland after being traded (sobs) by the Yankees (sobs). He goes on to talk about how his teammates treated him like family, and how they’re all so close and now they’re “living the dream” and playing in the World Series.

Fun Questions

  • Who could Fox Sports Latin America have gotten that would possibly be a more random choice for this than Cessa?
  • Who ends up having more of a positive impact for their team during the World Series: Kyle Schwarber or Danny Salazar?

Song of the Day

Time of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

It’s Time Week on Pinstripe Alley. Today’s song, made famous from the classic scene in Dirty Dancing, is about a couple of kids who are just enjoying the moment and having the time of their lives. Just as Miller is talking about having the time of his life pitching in the World Series. See? IT’S ALL RELATIVE! As always, please link us your song of the day.


Game 2 was moved up an hour!