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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/30/18

Mo and Moose looking good in HOF voting; looking back on the 2018 season a couple months after; “Bryce Harper” signing for the Yankees; an important high school basketball update.

Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images While there are still plenty of time to go and votes to count, several former Yankees are doing well in Hall of Fame voting so far. Mariano Rivera, as expected, is well above the needed 75%. Meanwhile, Mike Mussina is also looking good so far.

Newsday | Laura Albanese: It’s been a quiet couple days in Yankee land as we await some news on Manny Machado or any other acquisitions, so here’s a look back at the 2018 season. It may have ended in disappointment, but there were some good moments along the way. Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams was mistaken for Bryce Harper while going out to eat, and naturally told the inquisitor that he was signing for the Yankees. It very much seems like the Yankees are not going to be signing Harper, but if they do, I guess they need to make sure it’s him and not actually Williams. The Pirate is a good pitcher, but they’re paying someone a lot of money to hit and play the field, Williams is no Harper.

Williamsport Sun-Gazette | Chris Masse: Speaking of the aforementioned Mike Mussina, did you know that he is a high school basketball coach? He is, and is apparently a pretty good one. He led his alma mater, Montoursville High School, to their first district championship in over 30 years last season, and has them off to another good start this year. Whether or not he makes the Hall of Fame is more relevant to all of us here on this baseball blog, but this is pretty cool too.