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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/24/18

Yankees a patient organization; Most surprising contributions; Tanaka takes the next step; Boone’s managing a success

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: To the outside world, the Yankees seem to play only for the instant gratification of a championship. Sherman, however, opines that the organization is sharply focused on the long game. The likes of Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, and Gary Sanchez show that. The same goes for Didi Gregorius. The Yankees don’t make knee-jerk reactions, and they have been rewarded for this strategy. | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees reached the 50-win threshold not too long ago, and that’s thanks in part to some surprising contributions. Take Jonathan Holder for his example. He emerged as a shutdown reliever. Or how about Gleyber Torres? He came highly touted, but did anyone expect him to be this good? Kuty provided nine examples of players who are playing a key role in the Yankees’ success, and it’s pretty interesting.

Newsday | David Lennon: This season saw a wave of new managers take the reigns. A few have struggled, but for the most part the rookie skippers have done well. According to Lennon, the best of the bunch so far is Aaron Boone. The Yankees manager navigated a rough start before settling the team down. The players seem to enjoy him and he’s carried the club to a tremendous start. I know he catches from flack here, but Boone is doing a fine job.

New York Post | George A. King III: The good news keeps on coming for Masahiro Tanaka. For the third consecutive day he threw off flat ground and came out of it fine. “I think I am taking the right steps, moving in the right direction,” he told King. The right-hander will throw a bullpen tomorrow and hopefully build his way up to a simulated game at the end of the week. Get well soon, Tanaka!

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