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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/8/17

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RIP, Doc; Judge, Gardner lose out on Gold Gloves; Manager interviews will include media session; Otani hires an agent; Judge “surprised” by Girardi news

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New York Post | Ken Davidoff: We’re going to start with some sad overall baseball news today. Former Blue Jays and Phillies ace Roy Halladay tragically passed away yesterday after crashing his new plane that he was piloting. It’s a terrible tragedy, Halladay was one of the best and most complete players in baseball, and by all accounts a better person. He’s gone too soon and the world will miss him.

SB Nation | Grant Brisbee: One more piece in memory of Doc. There’s really not much I want to say or add, just that this is really worth a read. As always, some great words from Grant Brisbee.

Rest in peace, Doc.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: The Gold Glove winners were announced yesterday and unfortunately no Yankees came away winners. Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner were both named as finalists for their positions. Ultimately the awards went to Mookie Betts (more like Dookie Butts, right?!) and Alex Gordon in right and left field, respectively. BOOOOOOOOO!

Yahoo Sports | Mike Oz: The search for the new Yankee manager is officially underway. Brian Cashman gave his thoughts on what went wrong with Joe Girardi and what he’s looking for in the next manager. One thing that’s for certain, though, is that the manager search will be public as the candidates will be made available to the media after they interview to see how they handle the New York media. The Yankees apparently did the same thing in 2007 when they initially hired Girardi.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Of all the big names on the market the Yankees have been most connected to one who might not even be available in Shohei Otani. If Otani does get posted though, the Yankees will know who to contact to try and woo him as Otani has officially hired CAA to represent him. The Yankees supposedly do have a strong interest in Otani, as Brian Cashman flew to Japan to see him pitch. SHOHEI THE MONEY, CASH!

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Joe Girardi wasn’t the only one who was caught off guard by his firing. Aaron Judge, our thunderous beef-man who hit 50 dingers, said he was also “surprised” to learn that Girardi wouldn’t be back in the clubhouse. Judge praised his former skipper and said they’ll miss him but also expressed curiosity about who the next skipper will be.

Topps Company | Topps Company Tweeter: Topps announced their 2017 All-Rookie Team and two Yankees made the cut. Unsurprisingly, Jordan Montgomery got a nod as the top left-handed pitcher but in a strange twist of events, Yankee right fielder Aaron Judge also made the cut!