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

Judge hits home run into 3rd deck of Citi Field; Gary Sanchez heating up at the perfect time; Hal says the season is a bust if Yankees don’t make playoffs; difference between Yankees ownership & Mets ownership is clear; Chapman not expected to go on the DL

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Around the Empire | Bryan Hoch: “A rarely visited part of the ballpark and Aaron Judge just said hello!” was the call from Gary Cohen of SNY, the broadcast home for the New York Mets. They see a lot of home runs in Citi theory. Few at Citi Field have seen a dinger hit into the 3rd deck. Yoenis Cespedes did it last year, once. It’s probably why he didn’t move an inch after Judge crushed that baseball. Yo knew. We knew. Damn those are fun to watch.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Gary Sanchez had an incredible, downright historic month of August in 2016. Gary, he who is commonly known as Gary, is having a pretty decent August in 2017 as well. The last seven games have been pretty good for him. He has four home runs, seven RBI, and is batting 11-for-25. He’s also throwing out runners as well. Gary credits his hitting coaches, A-Rod, and J-Lo. I’m okay with all of this.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Hal Steinbrenner is saying things to people again. Whether these are good things or bad things depends on your point of view. Hal believes that if the Yankees do not make the playoffs, the year is a wash. A bust. A failure. A flop. A debacle. A dud. A fiasco. A Stephen Drew. You get the idea. Of course, this is what he believes every year. That’s the classic Yankees’ mindset. So this is nothing new. I’d like to think that a successful year of watching the promise and potential of rookies has been a good year.

New York Post | Mike Vaccaro: Having said that, I’d like to point out that I have always preferred the Yankees’ believing that they can win every year to the alternative. While I do think them not making the playoffs this year, a “rebuilding” year, would not make the year all the synonyms mentioned above, the picture across the Triboro is bleak. Mets’ GM Sandy Alderson discussed his team’s recent trade deadline dealings, which have basically been unloading decent-to-good players for decent-to-meh prospects and to dump their salary. Sandy then admitted that said savings would not be guaranteed to go back towards the team’s payroll next year. Yeahhhhh. Bleak. | Bryan Hoch: Joe Girardi has no intention of removing Aroldis Chapman from the closer’s role. It may not be what many fans want to hear after his last few brutal outing, but Girardi still believes that Chapman will be able to figure it out, stating that his problems are mechanical. Girardi also believes that Chapman will avoid the DL. No MRI has been scheduled.

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