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Bryan Hoch provides a look at how the Judge’s Chambers came to be; Aaron Boone wants his team to control the strike zone; Yankees are excited about Estevan Florial; Clint Frazier is looking to make the team out of spring training; a look at third base coach Phil Nevin

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Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports | Bryan Hoch: It’s safe to say that Aaron Judge was a popular player last year. It might have something to do with the Rookie of the Year/MVP-ish caliber season he had. This article, which is an excerpt from Hoch’s upcoming book, talks about Judge making the team and recalls how the Judge’s Chambers in right field came to be. “The Baby Bombers: The Inside Story of the Next Yankees Dynasty” will be out on March 6th. Give this article a read. It’s well worth it.

Newsday | Erik Boland: You know one thing that Aaron Judge did really well last year? He walked. He walked a lot. The Yankees, as a team, led the league in walks last season. New manager and former 2003 ALCS Game 7 hero Aaron Boone wants more of that. Boone wants the Yankees to control the strike zone. To conquer it. To leave it a whimpering husk of a strike zone. Both Marcus Thames and P.J. Pilittere, Boone’s hitting coaches, are driving that message home. | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees saw an influx of young talent join the team in 2017. What’s good is that there’s still more farmhands to be excited about. One such Baby Bomber is center field prospect Estevan Florial. He is currently ranked as the Yankees’ 3rd best prospect and their eyes are locked in on him. Sure, he still has a bit to go. Florial will most likely start this season with the Tampa Tarpons. They are hopeful that being around the current big leagues and Yankee veterans will be beneficial to his growth.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Clint Frazier has made his goals clear. Red Thunder is looking to make the team out of spring training. He’s well aware that there is a logjam ahead of him. All he’s focused on is what he can control. Boone is happy to see the drive in Frazier, and that he’s working on the Yankees’ mission of pinstriped domination over the strike zone.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: In 1992, Phil Nevin was drafted by the Houston Astros. He was the first pick of that draft. Player’s Tribune founder and Miami Marlins owner Derek Jeter was picked 6th by our beloved Yankees. The rest is history, with or without an exclamation point. Now Nevin is the third base coach for the Yankees. Click this to get a bit more insight into the career and Phil Nevin himself.