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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/26/17

Gleyber hits two doubles and scores from second base on a wild pitch in yesterday’s loss; the youth movement is making spring training more exciting; A-Rod’s chances for the Hall of Fame will be a hot topic going forward; A-Rod should join the YES Booth; a Q&A with YES Broadcaster David Cone

MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Philadelphia Phillies
Hittin’ doubles all over the park
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Around the Empire

Newsday | Erik Boland: The Yankees lost 6-5 to the Phillies in yesterday’s game. These things happen. It doesn’t mean that the Yankees are doomed, even though it 100% means they are doomed. Enough about just cancelling the season though, because fans got to see Gleyber Torres start in the game. Gleyber, who is good, went 2-for-2 with two doubles down both outfield lines. His aim is precise and good. His speed, also good, impressed as well when he managed to score home from second base on a wild pitch. According to one scout, his offense can “overshadow” his defense, which perhaps is good. Gleyber, he who is the good, is pretty good at baseball so far.

New York Daily News | John Harper: The first few games of spring training always bring a bit of excitement. A long offseason and then finally we get actual baseball. This spring training is a bit different than other years due to the excitement surrounding the Yankees’ youth movement. They are indeed moving the youth front and center. Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jorge Mateo, and others are getting a chance to start and show what they can do. Most of the position players won’t be heading to the majors for some time. There will be some competition among the Luis Cessa’s and Dietich Enns’ for rotation spots though. Either way, the youts (yutes) are fun to watch.

Newsday | David Lennon: Alex Rodriguez has retired from baseball. Anyone hoping for A-Rod to comeback and hit his 700th home run will be disappointed. There’s nothing wrong with 696 dingers though. Few players have achieved that. I’d say his Hall of Fame chances are fantastic. There’s no logical reason he shouldn’t get in. Nope. None at all. Well perhaps one or two or eight reasons. Perhaps. It’s going to be an interesting discussion I’m sure.

New York Daily News | Bob Raissman: Speaking of A-Rod, there has been talk, rumors, and speculation about him joining the YES booth as an analyst. A-Rod has already shown he is more than up for the task with his stellar work during the World Series broadcasts on FOX. If there’s one thing the man knows, it is baseball. Bringing him into the booth should be an easy decision to make. It would be interesting to see him alongside Ken Singleton and David Cone. I’d like that. | Bob Klapisch: I’m not the only one who would like A-Rod in the booth alongside David Cone. YES Broadcaster, and friend of the site, David Cone thinks it would be a great idea as well, considering A-Rod’s wealth of knowledge. Coney also discusses his own time in the booth, his time with the Yankees and Mets, and how to speed up the game. His answer to the last question is one of many reasons he’s the best. He does not dance around the issue at all.