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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/20/17

Jeter talks to Marlins fans; Luxury tax hit revealed; Only one SNB game through May; Anniversary of Matsui signing; 99 days until Opening Day

Miami Marlins Press Conference
“Look at me. I’m the Marlins Man now.”
Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Yahoo Sports | Chris Cwik: Derek Jeter held a town hall for Marlins season ticket holders yesterday and they did not treat him with RE2PECT. Fans are understandably upset with the team’s recent moves. Many believed the Marlins just needed to add some pitching to make them contenders. Jeter argues that the team needed to be stripped in order to build something sustainable. Let’s just say it didn’t go great:

At least Jeter Met with fans and addressed their concerns. Amazin’ how good of a look that is at least.

I’d also just like to point out that this was a terrible question considering that George Steinbrenner actually did want to trade Jeter and even Mariano Rivera at times.

New York Post | George A. King III: The Yankees got their official luxury tax bill yesterday and if they get their way, it’ll be the last one they pay for a while (or at least one year). The Yankees will pay $15.7 million in luxury tax and it’s the 15th straight year the Yankees will have paid the tax. In total, they’ve paid $341 million for the luxury tax.

Newsday | Neil Best: With the Yankees coming off an ALCS appearance and with their roster containing the likes of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, one negative to that was the possibility that they would likely play a lot of Sunday Night Baseball games. It seems they’ve lucked out for the first two months of the season, as they only have one SNB game through May on April 29th against the Angels. They’ll likely get more once the rest of the schedule is announced.

Cut4 | Andrew MEARNS: 15 years ago yesterday, the Yankees officially agreed to a three-year contract with Hideki Matsui aka Godzilla, marking his jump from Japan’s NPB to MLB. Matsui’s goal was to help the Yankees win a World Series and he did exactly that on his way to earning World Series MVP honors in 2009.

Cut4 | Andrew MEARN2: Guess what! There are only Aaron Judge days until Opening Day! Yay! And for the first time in 50 years, all 30 MLB teams will be in action on Opening Day. This was done to build in some extra off days for teams and now the postseason won’t spill into November. Thanks for the wonderful news, MEARNS!