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Tributes to Stick; Irma’s effect on the schedule; Manfred silent on Red Sox punishment

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New York Times | Richard Goldstein: The paper of record writes an eloquent obituary of Gene “Stick” Michael, a former Yankees player and general manager who brought us many of the best players of the dynasty years. It’s a touching tribute, and he’s going to be sorely missed.

Baltimore Sun | Eduardo A. Encina: In yet another Stick tribute, Orioles manager Buck Showalter offers his own thoughts. The fact that he had to pull over his car and cry on the side of the road—man, that’s crushing. You can really tell Stick wasn’t just the first person who offered him his first managerial job, he was also a confidante and friend.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: One more obituary: Sherman reflects on how Stick brought the Yankees back to prominence and personally offered him so many insights into the game as he was covering the team, not to mention he was just a good overall person. It’s a really, really nice read.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Hurricane Irma is barreling towards Florida, and while this should be the least of everyone else’s concerns, the Yankees still have to worry about where they are going to play their games against the Rays. Girardi says they can “go there (Tampa) Monday, play Tuesday and then have a doubleheader Wednesday,” but that all depends on the track of the storm. Let’s hope it’s as safe as possible a situation for everyone involved.

Bleacher Report | Tim Daniels: Commissioner Manfred offers no clues on what the discipline for the Red Sox sign stealing will be, nor should he. He merely remarks that the investigation will come to a reasonable conclusion, and he hasn’t offered a timeline for a decision. I’m sure it’s going to be anticlimactic.