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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/31/18

Frazier’s standing in the air; Judge will be #1 in Topp’s 2018 series; Runner on 2B for extras in ASG & ST; RIP Kevin Towers

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“My precious hair”
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New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: With the acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton, who is now a Yankee (I’ll never get tired of that), Clint Frazier’s standing with the Yankees came into question. It’s unclear where he’ll end up to start the season. Though unlikely now, he could be traded, or more likely he’ll either start the season in Triple-A or as a backup with the major league team. The best bet for him would probably be to start in the minors and get everyday at-bats instead of only playing 2-3 times a week. | Bryan Hoch: If you’re a baseball card collector and a Yankee fan, do I have news for you. Over the weekend, Topps announced that Aaron Judge will be No. 1 card in this upcoming year’s Baseball Series 1 pack. This was voted on by thousands of fans which just proves they know what they’re doing more than BBWAA voters who rudely picked Jose Altuve for MVP. StephanieTannerHowRude.gif

Associated Press via Fox Sports: We already know about MLB likely implementing a pitch clock this year, but now they’re proposing another change as part of their overall pace-of-play overhaul. Starting in the 11th inning of the All-Star Game and 10th inning for spring training games, teams will put a runner on second base to increase scoring chances and bring the game to an end faster. This is fine for games that don’t matter, but hopefully this never makes its way to regular season or playoff games. | Bryan Hoch: Lastly, in some sad news, former Diamondbacks and Padres GM Kevin Towers passed away yesterday after a battle with a rare form of thyroid cancer. Towers was only 56. Towers, who was very close with Brian Cashman, spent the 2010 season with the Yankees as a special assignment scout. As much as we’d joke about his trades, Towers was very well-regarded and respected throughout baseball. He’ll be missed very much. If you want to read more on Towers, you can do so here. Rest in peace, Gunslinger.

If you need a pick me up after hearing about Towers, here’s Gleyber Torres with a puppy. I want to hug this picture.