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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/10/17

Players’ Weekend will see named jerseys for first time; Yanks were interested in Bruce; Montgomery could be back soon; Teams still fear Judge; Sanchez started new tradition

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“Psst! Can we put emojis on the jerseys instead?” “That’s an awesome idea!”
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New York Times | Billy Witz: For years I've seen these empty jerseys. Why have a jersey with no name? Finally they're putting on the names! There'll be actual real live letters. It'll be totally strange. But wow! Am I so ready for this change! 'Cause for the first time in forever, there'll be letters, there'll be names! The Yankees will participate in Players’ Weekend from August 25-27 and break tradition as they do. It’ll be the first time the Yankees will have any kind of names on the back of their jerseys as well as the first time they’ll have pullover jerseys. You can see all the nicknames here.

Hardball Talk | Bill Baer: The Mets traded Jay Bruce to Cleveland last night. In return they got a lowly Single-A relief prospect and Cleveland agreed to take on the entirety of Bruce’s remaining salary (~$5 million). Apparently the Yankees were also “in on” Bruce and even offered better/more prospects to the Mets. However, the Yankees were only willing to take on a part of Bruce’s remaining salary and the Mets didn’t want to keep him on the books. Seems like a bad move from both teams.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: The Yankees received some good news on CC Sabathia yesterday. Doctors found no new damage in his knee which forced him to leave Tuesday’s start early. If he’s forced to miss a start, the Yankees will almost certainly call up Jordan Montgomery to take his place. If he needs to miss significant time, the Yankees should roll with Montgomery until he reaches his innings limit. Montgomery gives the Yankees the best chance.

The Star | Laura Armstrong: Sure he’s struggling right now, but the Blue Jays still know how good Aaron Judge can be. Even though Judge has struggled out of the gate since the All-Star break, John Gibbons said they’re still going to pitch to him carefully because he can change the game with just one swing. Gibbons also expects Judge to get going again and finish the season strong. Let’s hope he’s right!

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Fans who’ve been watching the Yankees this season have surely noticed a new trend. When Yankee players get a base hit, they point back and acknowledge the dugout as players in the dugout point back and acknowledge the player. The players say it’s a way of appreciating the other players’ efforts and pulling for one another. It’s a fun thing they do. Apparently it was none other than Gary Sanchez who started this tradition.

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