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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/15/16

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Sanchez loses out on Rookie of the Year but has claim to “face of the Yankees”; Otani won’t be posted; Gardner on the trading block; Yankees reported interest in Notts County is false

New York Yankees v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
If he’s ever up for an Oscar and loses, he’s got his gracious loser face perfected
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Around the Empire

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: Gary Sanchez, aka #IAmGary, unfortunately did not with the Rookie of the Year award. The Kraken came in second place, while Cleveland’s Tyler Naquin came in third. I’d like to officially declare shenanigans on behalf of him. Also, it’s kind of BS that he’s not eligible for the award next year if the only reason he didn’t win this year is the amount of time he played.

ESPN | Andrew Marchand: Even though Sanchez didn’t win the Rookie of the Year award, he could take solace in the fact that he’s likely the current face of the franchise. With Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira all retired and CC Sabathia in the twilight of his career, there aren’t many big names left around. While the likes of Aaron Judge or Greg Bird could eventually challenge Sanchez for the title, right now this is his team. #GaryGood

Baseball America | J.J. Cooper: Shohei Otani, the Japanese pitcher known for his impressive pitching and hitting, will not be posted this year. If posted this year, he’d be subject to international bonus pool restrictions, which isn’t in Otani’s best interest since it’d limit the teams that could sign him. The Yankees are actually one of the teams that wouldn’t be able to sign him so maybe this is a good thing. He needs to 23 and needs at least five years of experience in a recognized professional league to be exempt from those rules, both will be accomplished with another season in Japan.

YES Network | A.J. Herrmann: As long as baseball continues to be a sport, Brett Gardner will be on the trading block. Apparently interest in the Gold Glove outfielder is heating up, but that could mean absolutely nothing. The Astros could be a match, but they could also not be. He’s been a subject of the hot stove for years now, and is possibly the flame keeping it lit, so who knows. He’ll be a Yankee until he’s not.

ESPN: A report early Monday morning said that the Yankees’ parent company, Yankee Global Enterprises, was looking to make a bid on Notts County football (soccer) club. Notts County is an English League Two club and is also the world’s oldest professional football club. However it turns out that report wasn’t accurate, especially considering the Yankees’ relationship with Manchester City.

Fun Questions

  • Was Sanchez snubbed or did Fulmer probably deserve Rookie of Year?
  • Is Sanchez the “face of the franchise” or not? If no, who is right now?

Song of the Day

First We Take Manhattan by Leonard Cohen

It’s Leonard Cohen Week on Pinstripe Alley. We’ll be honoring the late Leonard Cohen this week. Today’s song comes in honor of the Rookie of the Year awards being handed out yesterday, and Gary Sanchez losing out on the award. Apparently his historic rookie campaign wasn’t enough to convince voters outside of the New York area to vote for him, so first he took Manhattan. Next he’ll take the world and we’ll all love Gary. As always, please link us your song of the day.

#IAmGaracious

See? Gracious loser! #IamClassy