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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/4/17

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A-Rod will definitely be at spring training; Hal apparently misspoke when talking about Chapman; a look at the Yankees’ rotation going into spring training; a look at five of the best players to come out of New York

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Newsday | David Lennon: Hal Steinbrenner has said some pretty dumb things recently. One of the non-dumb things he recently said was that Alex Rodriguez, also known as A-Rod for those who didn’t know, will definitely be at spring training. A-Rod, as known as DadRod for those who didn’t know, will show up at two separate stints in Tampa. After spring training, there are no official plans for DadRod, also known as CoachRod for those who didn’t know. The sky’s the limit for Alex.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Back to the pretty dumb things Hal recently said. It seems that the dumb thing he said was not meant to be so dumb. “Forget” should have been “forgive” when Hal said his dumb “Sooner or later, we forget, right?” statement. Perhaps it was indeed simply a dumb slip of the tongue. Perhaps he saw how upset a lot of people were and quickly played damaged control. Perhaps one day the Yankees’ front office will practice what they preach to their players when dealing with the press and PR.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Major League Baseball dot com is going through each area of a roster in anticipation of spring training. This article focuses on the Yankees’ starting rotation, led by Yankees’ ace Masahiro Tanaka. A good number of fans are happy he will be in spring training and not pitching for the WBC. CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda will probably be behind him, followed by Luis Cesseverino and Harold Fuckifiknow.

MLB.com | Joe Trezza: New York has seen its fair share of incredible baseball players over the history of the sport. New York itself has produced some incredible baseball players as well. Here are some of the five best players to ever play the game that come from New York.