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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/18/16

Hal Steinbrenner talks about the excitement of the Baby Bombers; Girardi moves Sanchez and Judge to the fourth and fifth spot in the lineup; Brian McCann’s future with the Yankees is uncertain; Hal wants A-Rod to mentor young SS prospects like Gleyber Torres and Jorge Mateo; Castro had his own personal milestones yesterday

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Around the Empire | Richard Justice: There is excitement in the Bronx right now. Everyone is buzzing about the Baby Bombers. Hal Steinbrenner is no exception. At MLB’s Quarterly Owners Meetings, Hal talked about the emotion and excitement at the ballpark during Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge’s major league debut. He also touches upon the weeks leading up to the trade deadline, as well as the future regarding signing free agents.

Newsday | Anthony Reiber: The kid gloves are slowly coming off for the Yankees’ newest players. Girardi has been easing the kids into the majors by batting them lower in the lineup. Yesterday, Gary Sanchez was in the cleanup spot and Aaron Judge was right behind him batting fifth. They did not disappoint. Girardi would not commit to keeping them there, as he doesn’t want to put too much pressure on them. We’ll see how long that lasts.

New York Daily News | Anthony McCarron: Joe Girardi said yesterday that going forward, Gary Sanchez is going to handle the primary catching duties. Brian McCann will still catch, but he will primarily DH. McCann is excited about Sanchez, sees his potential, and understands where the Yankees are going right now. With Sanchez becoming the primary catcher, who knows if McCann will want to stay with them or be the primary catcher somewhere else.

Newsday | Steven Marcus: Seeing Aaron Judge hit his first major league hit for one of the longest home runs hit at Yankee Stadium III was something I’ll never forget. Judge’s Fresno State coach, Ryan Overland, was not as surprised as the rest of us. Here’s a glimpse into their scouting of Aaron Judge. My verdict is that you’ll approve. | Ryan Hatch: In addition to talking about the excitement of his young prospects, Hal Steinbrenner also talked about Alex Rodriguez and his role going forward. Even if A-Rod decides to put on another uniform next season, Hal still wants him to mentor some of their SS prospects like Gleyber Torres and Jorge Mateo. He also mentions that their have been no discussions about A-Rod joining the YES booth. There should absolutely be discussions. Get it done, Hal.

New York Post | Howie Kussoy: It’s been an off and on year for Starlin Castro, much as it has been for the Yankees. While the attention has been on the prospects, Castro had his own personal milestones yesterday with his 15th home run of the season and his 37th extra-base hit. Both of these are season highs for him. A-Rod said that Castro turning a corner could mean good things for the Yankees this season. Let’s hope Dad is right.

Fun Questions

  • Callin’ It: how many home runs will Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge each have by the end of the season?
  • Name a pitcher you think the Yankees should try and target for next season.

Song of the Day

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It’s 1996 Week on Pinstripe Alley. The Yankees offense seems to have come alive and the pitching has been slightly meh. Isn’t it ironic? It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid. As always, please link us your song of the day.