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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/6/17

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Gardner is team’s leader; Bird is still future at 1B; Robertson and Green were not available; It’s fun to hate the Yankees again

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New York Daily News | John Harper: The Yankees haven’t named a captain since Marlins owner Derek Jeter retired his way. That’s okay, it’s more of just an honorary thing in baseball, and it’s far from necessary. However, just because the Yankees haven’t given that title to anyone, doesn’t mean they don’t have a leader on the team. Look no further than Brett Gardner.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Greg Bird is still the Yankees first baseman of the future. Brian Cashman didn’t need the late-season surge from Bird to see that. Greg Bird has always been the plan. The Yankees believe in him and his talent. The other benefit Bird offers is that he helps them get under the luxary tax threshold, which has also been their plan.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: The Wild Card game was exciting, right? Unfortunately it came with a cost. Neither David Robertson nor Chad Green were available for Game One after pitching their hearts out Tuesday night. Unfortunately, it ended up not mattering much as the offense couldn’t muster up anything against literally Trevor Bauer.

SBNation | Charlotte Wilder: The Yankees are good again and people are salty. The Yankees are likeable and people are salty. Basically, all is good in the world again because people are writing about how much they hate the Yankees again. That’s what this piece is. All I have to say to that is: