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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/14/17

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Shohei Ohtani wants to play in the majors in 2018; Chad Green has been incredible; Girardi is fine with his pitchers being upset that they’re pulled early; Greg Bird will hopefully be back on Friday; how John Sterling came to work for the Yankees

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Around the Empire | Bryan Hoch: News recently broke that 23-year old Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani stated that he wanted to pitch in the Major Leagues for 2018. Yankees GM Brian Cashman cashed in his frequent flier miles to go see Ohtani pitch in Japan and he definitely came away interested. The Yankees will be among several teams interested in the “Japanese Babe Ruth.” It’s possible he would want to go to an NL team to swing the bat. Joe Girardi did not rule out the possibility of having him DH on certain days. Yes, he is that good of a hitter. All eyes will be on him this offseason.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Joe Girardi pulled Jaime Garcia early. It’s possibly he did this because A. Jaime Garcia is Jaime Garcia, B. Chad Green has been an incredible weapon out of the pen, C. All of the Above, or D. Tacos! In classic Easy Being Green fashion, Chad Green got the Yankees out of a jam and pitched gloriously. With how good he has been recently, he might be the best reliever in the pen.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: I mentioned above how Joe Girardi pulled Jaime Garcia early. It appeared that Garcia was not exactly happy with his earlier removal from the game. Nor was Dellin Betances, when he was pulled from the game in the 8th. While Girardi understands their frustration, he also hope it fuels them further. However, he is trying to win games. Hurt feelings or not, they won.

New York Daily News | Ari Gilberg: Greg Bird was recently scratched from the lineup due to back stiffness. Girardi is hoping that Bird will be back on Friday. He also let everyone know that he still believes that Bird can be their first baseman of the future, and a key component of their young new core. Be well, Greg Bird.

New York Post | Justin Terranova: Everyone loves John Sterling. There’s not a single Yankee fan alive that has a problem with him. I might be exaggerating those last two sentences a bit. Yesterday, Sterling appeared on his old broadcasting partner’s show on YES, Centerstage. Sterling told Michael Kay the story of how he got his job with the Yankees, a job in which he has never missed a day of work. Apparently they came to him. George Steinbrenner was a huge Sterling fan and gave him the job without an interview or an audition. Must be nice!