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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/23/16

Hal Steinbrenner met with Alex Rodriguez before yesterday’s game; the recent win streak is making the trade deadline decision harder; the bullpen’s impressive scoreless streak comes to an end; Didi Gregorius got some helpful advice from current Giants’ hitting coach Hensley Meulens after he was traded to the Yankees

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Around the Empire

New York Post | Dan Martin: Alex Rodriguez reportedly met with Hal Steinbrenner before yesterday’s game with the Giants. There is speculation that if the Yankees do decide to sell, they might release A-Rod even with the remaining money on his contract. This topic supposedly did not come up during this particular meeting. Neither Hal nor A-Rod could be reached for comment after the game. It’s just speculation at this point.

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: The Yankees are playing better lately. They are playing better against good teams. This is making the question whether to buy or sell an even harder one for Hal Steinbrenner and friends. The inconsistency of the team should provide the answer he needs, but he is a Steinbrenner after all. They do not like to lose.

Newsday | Ari Kramer: The three-headed bullpen monster, known to us as Ghidorah and no other nickname that costs $40 on a t-shirt, finally gave up some runs last night. The combination of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman had not given up any runs in 31 innings. That’s pretty impressive. I suppose they were due. In any case, Chapman did not give up any runs tonight. He’d look great in your bullpen, potential trade partners.

New York Post | Fred Kerber: Didi Gregorius has been one of the Yankees’ best players this year. Didi is also the best left-handed hitter against left-handed pitchers in all of baseball. One of the reasons why is that former Yankees player and current Giants’ hitting coach Hensley Meulens gave Didi some advice when he was traded to the Yankees. That advice was to latch onto and seek out advice from Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez, players who have hit well their entire life. To say it’s been paying off would be an understatement.

Fun Questions

  • If you had a big backyard, would you rather put a pool or a jacuzzi in it?
  • If the Yankees did actually buy, who would you like them to go after and why?

Song of the Day

Patience by Guns ‘N Roses

It’s 80’s Rock Ballad Week on Pinstripe Alley. I thought this song would be an appropriate song as the Yankees go into the deadline and we all grow a little impatient as to their decision. As always, please link us your song of the day.

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