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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/24/18

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Giancarlo Stanton excited about debut in pinstripes; Gleyber Torres excited about first spring game back from TJS; Tino Martinez excited about Greg Bird; one year ago today, Aaron Judge made an exciting spring training debut

MLB: Spring Training-Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees
Oh yes, this is real!!!
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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: First things first. I almost typed Giancarlo Stanton’s name in place of Bryan Hoch. That’s probably because I’m pretty excited to see Giancarlo Stanton playing a baseball game while wearing the pinstripes. Gotta say, he looked pretty good. After being asked how it compared to the first spring training game of the Marlins, Stanton said “This is better.” I concur. Give this one a read.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: There were other exciting things at yesterday’s game besides Giancarlo Stanton. It also had the return of Gleyber Torres. Gleyber is returning from Tommy John surgery and he is excited to be back, to say the least. While he will be competing for the second base job, he’s mainly thinking about doing his job and having fun. Definitely important.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: GREG BIRD! We’re all excited to see what a full healthy season of Greg Bird looks like. Former Yankee first baseman Tino Martinez is also looking forward to it. Here is a Q&A with Tino answering questions about Bird.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: There’s a lot to read in this article. It’s all worth it. It’s all about our other big baseball boy, Aaron Judge. One year ago today, Judge began his competition to win the RF starting job out of spring. One year ago today, Judge let others know of his power with a home run that hit off the GMS Field scoreboard. Read this, please. There’s way more fun Judge stuff.