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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/3/16

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Tex’s retirement plans; Severino’s future could be in bullpen; Tanaka’s season is a step forward; Frazier eager to get his chance; Girardi talks 2017; McCann vs. Butler in the race of the year

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Around the Empire | Brendan Kuty: Mark Teixeira is officially a retired baseball player. After being honored in a pre-game ceremony, Joe Girardi lifted Tex in the 7th inning and that was officially the end of Tex’s career. He says he would be interested in coming back as a spring training instructor, but doesn’t seem himself taking on any full-time on-field gigs.

ESPN | Wallace Matthews: Girardi acknowledged yesterday that Luis Severino’s future might be as an ace reliever rather than a starter. After impressing everyone last year as a starter, Severino struggled starting this year until he was sent down to Triple-A. He then returned to the Yankees as a reliever and was phenomenal out of the bullpen. He did, however, add that the expectation hasn’t changed, and that he’s still sees #Sevy as a starter.

New York Daily News | Peter Botte: Even though the Yankees chose not to let Masahiro Tanaka make his final start of the year on Saturday, it seems it was more just precautionary since there was really no need to have him pitch again this year. Though he’ll fall one inning shy of getting to 200 for the season, it’s still a big step forward this year for the Yankees’ “not an ace” ace. SGTJS though.

New York Post | Kevin Kernan: Acquired in the Andrew Miller trade, Clint Frazier says he’s just one “phone call away from the big leagues.” Once that phone rings, however, Frazier will potentially be there with Gary Sanchez to wreak havoc in the middle of the Yankees’ lineup. | Randy Miller: Joe Girardi said he’s not worried about his job security and has admitted there’s definite disappointment in not making the playoffs for a third time in four years. Girardi, however, tried to assure fans by saying the club will do everything it can to deliver a championship next year. | Brendan Kuty: Prior to yesterday’s game, Brian McCann and Billy Butler had a footrace. While it’s disappointing that Tex couldn’t join them, it’s still an amazing sight. I won’t spoil the fun and tell you who won, let’s just say it was a nail biter though.

Fun Questions

  • The Yankees’ season is over and the baseball season will be over in about a month. What is going to occupy your time between now and spring training?
  • Favorite Yankees’ game/moment of the 2016 season?

Song of the Day

It’s Tricky by Run-D.M.C.

It’s Mark Teixeira Week on Pinstripe Alley. We’re going to be looking at songs that Tex either used as his walk-up songs or just songs that remind us of Tex. Today’s choice was actually a song he has used in the past. As always, please link us your song of the day.