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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/1/18

R.I.P. Oscar Gamble; Buck O’Neil recalls when he first discovered Gamble; P.J. Pilittere talks about Aaron Judge; Brian Cashman talks about his friend, the late Kevin Towers; Yu Darvish possibly waiting on Yankees or Dodgers to clear payroll

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Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: It was a sad morning yesterday as Oscar Gamble, beloved former Yankee great, passed away. The Yankees released this statement on Twitter.

Gamble was a Yankee for seven years and his teammates had nothing but praise for him and his kind and often hilarious personality. R.I.P. Oscar Gamble. You will definitely be missed. | Joe Posnanski: This article contains a very nice story about how Buck O’Neil, a Negro League player/manager and scout for the Chicago Cubs, discovered Oscar Gamble. You should give it a read. | Bryan Hoch: P.J. Pilittere was recently promoted to be Marcus Thames assistant hitting coach. As expected, Pilittere has some knowledge regarding some of the younger Yankees on the roster, including one Aaron Judge. While even he was surprised by Judge’s incredible rookie season, certain qualities, like his humility and modesty, came as no shock to him. You should click on this link.

New York Post | Dan Martin: As mentioned in yesterday’s link dump, Kevin Towers passed away. Brian Cashman was friends with the rival GM and discusses how much he respected him and his knowledge of the game. He will be missed.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Yu Darvish is still not a Yankee. It’s very unclear if he ever will be. At this point, who knows where he’s going to wind up. There’s a rumor going around that Yu Darvish is waiting to see if either the Yankees or Dodgers can clear enough salary in order to bring him on board. It’s also rumored that this delay is what’s causing the other teams to delay other signings. In other words, there’s still not much going on this offseason and we continue to wait. At least we’re in the month of February.