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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/15/17

Jeter’s number officially retired; Chapman on the DL; Teammates believe Jeter would make good owner; Umpires hurt Severino; YES ratings up

Derek Jeter Ceremony
“You hit them hard and you hit them far. But I hit them my way.”
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New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: If you took a break from the internet for the last week or so, the Yankees officially retired Derek Jeter’s number yesterday. In a star-studded ceremony, the Yankees unveiled his retired number and a plaque going up in Monument Park for him. Jeter and his family were accompanied by many of Jeter’s former teammates, coaches, and others from his baseball life. | Bryan Hoch: Yesterday, the Yankees place Aroldis Chapman on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Chapman had been feeling discomfort since the April 26 game at Fenway Park where he looked off/injured, but for some reason was trying to “work through it.” Chapman will be shut down for two weeks and then be re-evaluated. Chad Green was called up to take his spot on the roster and “doesn’t have the stats” Dellin Betances will take over as the Yankees closer.

New York Daily News | Seth Walder: As is well known, Derek Jeter is part of a group with Jeb Bush that has placed a bid to purchase the Miami Marlins. Jeter has always talked about how he’d like to one day own a baseball team, and it seems that he’s trying to make that happen. Former teammates Jorge Posada and Tino Martinez were asked about it at Jeter’s retirement ceremony and both gave Jeter a vote of confidence.

New York Post | Dan Martin: The Astros unfortunately chased Luis Severino out of yesterday’s first game in the third inning. That matched Severino’s shortest non-ejection start. Though Severino struggled, Joe Girardi though that home plate umpire Gabe Morales did not do Severino any favors with a tight strike zone. The Yankees are also still waiting for Greg Bird to be pain free and he will not travel with the team to Kansas City or Tampa Bay.

Sporting News | Michael McCarthy: The Yankees are once again the best baseball team in New York. With the Mets spiraling out of control, the Yankees’ hot start has been the surprise of baseball. One of the reasons the Yankees are doing so well is Aaron Judge and his great home runs. Judge and his home runs have contributed to the Yankees’ hot start which, in turn, have contributed to the YES Network posting its highest April viewership numbers in years.

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Don’t forget, the Yankees did win the first game.