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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/15/18

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Aaron Judge tells Manny Machado he’d look good in pinstripes, MLB not happy; Hoch’s opening day roster prediction; D’Backs thinks Brandon Drury will do great in the Bronx; Chance Adams has had a mediocre spring; a look at why Ken Singleton is retiring

MLB: Spring Training-Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees
I will take out my frustration on all the baseballs
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Newsday | Anthony Rieber: Aaron Judge is a man who tends to watch everything he says, especially when giving interviews. Yesterday, when talking with Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, Judge told Machado that he’d look good in pinstripes. Harmless, right? Not according to MLB, who thought Judge’s remark was inappropriate. Judge vowed swift, merciless vengeance on all the baseballs for this insult. Or not. Anyway, relax a bit please, MLB. | Bryan Hoch: The 1,000 piece puzzle set that is the Yankees roster is beginning to come into focus. There’s still a bit more competition left to go, but by acquiring Brandon Drury, Neil Walker and sending Gleyber Torres to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, everything is falling into place. Recent Pah-Sahp guest Bryan Hoch details what he projects to be the Yankees’ opening day roster.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Hey, let’s talk about Brandon Drury a bit more. The Yankees acquired him in a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Rays. The last time the Yankees were involved in a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks, it got us Sir Didi Gregorius. That worked out pretty well. Both the Diamondbacks and Yankees think it will again. The D’Backs had a lot of infield depth, but they still say giving up Drury was tough. I’m okay with putting my trust in Brian Cashman once again.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: For those hoping that Chance Adams might break camp with the Yankees, it’s not looking so great. Adams has not had a very good spring training. Yesterday’s game against the Orioles was no exception. The speculation of whether or not he will eventually make his way to the big leagues as a starter or a reliever still remain. It’s only spring training though, so there’s still a Chance.

Newsday | Neil Best: We learned earlier this week that Ken Singleton was retiring from the broadcast booth at the end of the season. This article explains why. It’s pretty much why you’d expect, but it’s still a great read nonetheless. Singleton has been calling Yankee games for 22 years. Fun fact: they haven’t had a losing season during his entire tenure. Kenny also lists his favorite season as a Yankees’ broadcast.

Singleton’s favorite season was 1998, when the Yankees won 114 regular-season games and the World Series.

“I think I did 100 games on TV that year and they won 72 of them,” he said. “So I felt like the weather man in San Diego . . . just good news every day.”

I get giddy just thinking about 1998. Seriously, read this article.