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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/21/16

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Hal Steinbrenner still believes the Yankees will be in the race come July; Mark Teixeira still believes he can avoid surgery; Chase Headley has improved; Derek Jeter will interview President Obama for the Player's Tribune; the Trenton Thunder celebrated an attendance milestone this weekend

Going all the way!
Going all the way!
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Around the Empire

Newsday | Neil Best: Hal Steinbrenner still believes in his 2016 New York Yankees. While the Yankees are currently dancing around the .500 mark like Elaine Benes, he is happy with how the team's offense has improved. Steinbrenner thinks the Yankees will be "right smack in the middle of it come the end of July" but he is not blind to the fact that injuries could be a detriment to their season. As he said, we'll see how everything looks as we get closer to the trade deadline.

New York Daily News | Christian Red: Speaking of optimism, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will be in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on a rehab assignment. He is still hopeful that he can avoid the surgery to the cartilage tear in his right knee. Teixeira is well aware that if his knee locks up again at any point, it will pretty much be the end of his season and most likely his career in pinstripes. Perhaps Teixeira just needs some Emergency Quills! Eyes will definitely be on the Railriders this week.

New York Post | George A. King III: There are lots of things about April that we don't want to remember. Chase Headley's hitting is at the top of that list. Headley has seen a vast improvement to his offensive contributions since the beginning of May. His defense has also been a lot better than it was in 2015. Headley's improvement is one of the reasons why Hal Steinbrenner is hopeful that the team can still turn things around this season.

New York Daily News | Kate Feldman: Former Yankees shortstop and Player's Tribune founder Derek Jeter has an interview scheduled for release on Wednesday, except he will be the interviewer. The person he will be interviewing is none other than noted White Sox fan President Barack Obama. The two are seen joking about retirement in the teaser video. That sweet blogger coin has gone a long way for Jeter. He's doing it his way.

Ballpark Digest | Zach Spedden: The Trenton Thunder, the Yankees' Double-A affiliate, reached an attendance milestone this weekend. After this weekend series with the Binghamton Mets, ARM & HAMMER Park has surpassed the nine-million fan mark. The nine millionth fan to enter the park, one Lisa Ford, won a pretty amazing prize package.

Fun Questions

  • Do you believe the Yankees will win as many games as the Golden State Warriors won this year?
  • Do you share Hal Steinbrenner's optimism regarding the Yankees?
  • BONUS QUESTION: What's your favorite part of the prize package that Ms. Lisa Ford received from the Thunder?
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