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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/16/17

Aaron Judge has a strong case for the AL MVP award; Jeff Sullivan looks at Judge’s hitting prowess; Yankees might be in on Giancarlo Stanton; Brett Gardner wins Heart & Hustle Award of 2017; Hal Steinbrenner discusses decision not to bring Joe Girardi back; Carlos Beltran might want to spend time with family before managing

League Championship Series - New York Yankees v Houston Astros - Game Six
Photo by Elsa/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: On Monday, AL Rookie of the Year winner Aaron Judge won the AL Rookie of the Year award. Today, it will be decided if Aaron Judge will also take home the AL MVP award. This award is not as clear cut as the ROTY award. Jose Altuve and Jose Ramirez are also finalists. Altuve is Judge’s primary competition and a lot of people anticipate he’ll get the award. Judge has a viable case, as the numbers show. His July and August could be the deciding factor. We will find out tonight. I don’t know about you, but I am rooting for Aaron Judge. I’m a fan.

Fangraphs | Jeff Sullivan: Since we’re talking about Aaron Judge, let’s talk more about Aaron Judge. Jeff Sullivan of Jeff Sullivan fame takes another chance to discuss the incredible hitting prowess of the Aaron Judge. One hit in particular caught Sullivan’s eye. As with most writers who write words way better than I do, nothing I say will do this article justice. You should read it and smile. I know I did.

FanRag Sports | Jon Heyman: In non-Judge news, and there’s a surprising amount of it, the Yankees might indeed be in on Miami Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton. While it’s - hang on, I just need to collect myself after thinking about Judge & Stanton back-to-back in the lineup



Okay! Where was I? Oh yes, Stanton on the Yankees. It’s unlikely. Well, that is to say, there hasn’t been that much discussion on the matter other than Brian Cashman and Michael Hill exchanging a sentence or three at the GM meetings. Stanton has already said that he will not waive his NTC for St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox. With Stanton rumored to be looking to head west and the Yankees desire to get below the luxury-tax threshold, take this one with a grain of salt. | Mark Newman: There are other Yankees winning awards other than Aaron Judge. Yankees like my beloved Brett Gardner. On Tuesday night, the long tenured Yankees’ left fielder was presented with the overall Heart and Hustle Award for 2017. There’s quite possibly no grittier or guttier award. Gardner discussed his time on the Yankees, his teammates, and his now former manager Joe Girardi. Gardner stated how he will miss Girardi and will always remember their good times together. GGBG is still looking forward to 2018.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Speaking of Joe Girardi, Hal Steinbrenner took some time to speak with reporters on Wednesday regarding not bringing Girardi back. Apparently Hal and Cashman have been discussing the matter for some time, stating that even a World Series victory would have not guaranteed Girardi’s return. It would have made the decision a whole lot harder. This had been discussed over the course of years, not just weeks, according to Hal. Hal also took the time to mention that he and Cashman are not rushing to finalize Cashman’s new contract, but that it’s pretty much agree that he’ll be back. It’d be kinda weird if he fired Cashman after all this.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Earlier this week, we mentioned that Carlos Beltran was possibly interested in managing the Yankees. As of right now, Beltran has not been asked to come in for an interview yet. Beltran has also mentioned that, while he would love to manage one day, he might wish to spend some time with his family first. That could change if Cashman does indeed extend him an interview offer. Now that the GM meetings are over with, interviews will continue. Hensley Meulens and Aaron Boone will be up next.