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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/23/18

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Team is set up for years; Montgomery’s excellent outing; Stanton ready to be a leader; Sanchez trying to shed negative labels

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ESPN | David Schoenfield: You saw it when Brian Cashman was named Baseball America’s Executive of the Year for 2017, but Cashman’s done a great job of reinventing the Yankees organization from top to bottom. Cashman’s set this team up so they won’t only be good this year, but they’ll be good for a long time. They have a loaded roster and their deep farm system just means that more talent is on the way. It may be players in the organization now or through trades, the Yankees are set up to be hated again for a long time. Fire Cashman. | Bob Rathgeber: After a strong rookie campaign, Jordan Montgomery’s kept it going this spring. Outside of the one bad outing this spring, Montgomery’s shown why Brian Cashman had confidence in him and why he earned the fifth spot in the Yankees’ rotation. Montgomery only needed 70 pitches to get through six innings yesterday and allowed just one run. There’s no doubt the Yankees made the right call with Montgomery and why he’ll get the nod for the team’s home opener on April 2nd.

Sporting News | Gabrielle McMillen: Giancarlo Stanton is a Yankee now. I’m not sure if that’s come up before, but he really is a Yankee. Even though Stanton’s new to pinstripes, he’s an MLB veteran and is ready to step into a leadership role with the team. If he sees an issue, he won’t hesitate to address it, nor is he worried about how he’ll handle the media scrutiny that comes with playing for the Yankees. Also he promised he and Aaron Judge are going to launch 74 monster dongs this year. That’s true. Look it up. (Don’t look it up.)

New York Post | Joel Sherman: There’s been a lot of talk about Gary Sanchez’s need to improve defensively. Too much talk when you consider people were clamoring for literally Austin Romine to start at catcher. Earlier in his development, there were questions about Sanchez’s commitment and he’s found it hard to shed those labels. If you ask anyone involved with the organization, though, Sanchez is as committed as anyone. His understanding of the game and eagerness to learn and improve go unnoticed. Hopefully people can start to truly appreciate the amazing talent that is Gary Sanchez.

Finally, New Commercial Week continues and this time we get to see David Robertson (WHO IS ALSO A YANKEE AGAIN AND ALL IS RIGHT IN THE WORLD) teach Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances some of his tricks.