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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/19/18

Greg Bird inching closer to return; more details regarding the Yankees overnight stay in D.C.; 1998 Yankee players compare their team to the 2018 Yankees; David Hale chooses free agency; Ellsbury still ded

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New York Post | Ethan Sears: There is some good news on the horizon. That good news is named Greg Bird. Aaron Boone mentioned yesterday that Greg Bird is inching closer and closer to returning to the big leagues. As this is yet another rehab stint for our avian son, Bird is hoping this is his last. It would be nice to have him for the rest of the season, considering he can do things like this!


Newsday | Erik Boland: As fellow link dumpist Kunj Shah reported yesterday, the Yankees were stranded in D.C. overnight. More details are coming out regarding the Yankees extended, rain stalled stay in D.C. It sucked. It reminded quiet a few of them of their minor league days. Some slept on the plane. Others, like Austin Romine, slept in Dulles International Airport. Flight delays are the worst, as is rain. There’s not all that much more to this story, but I’m gonna ask this question to all the PSAers out there. What’s your worst experience with flight delays/cancellations? | David Adler: As Shah also reported, May 17th was the 20th anniversary of David Wells’ perfect game against the Minnesota Twins. You may remember that 1998 was one of the greatest years of Yankee baseball in history. Some members of that incredible squad, like Wells, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, David Cone, and Bernie Williams, commented on this year’s team. These Yankee legends see quite a few similarities of that historic ‘98 team. That’s encouraging, to say the least. Give this one a read.

MLBTradeRumors | Jeff Todd: Now for the most important news of the day. Former former Yankee legend David Hale has elected to be a free agent, rather than head to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. This means, come Hale or high water, he is hoping another team picks him up. I am hoping it’s the Twins, because I just want to see him bounce back and forth between these two teams, and ONLY these two teams, for the rest of the season. Can I get a Hale Yeah???

OH, and if you were curious about how Jacoby Ellsbury is doing...

I believe that’s a fourth injury that’s appeared since recovering from his third, second, and first one. Actually, this tweet puts it into perspective.