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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/29/18

Yankees one away from breaking home run record; Team is weighing whether to give CC his 500k bonus; Yankees are doubling down on Gary Sanchez; Judge tops jersey sales for second straight year

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NY Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees are a home run away from history. The team sits at 264 home runs, with two games left to surpass the 1997 Mariners’ all-time record. The Bombers main concern entering their series in Fenway however, was securing home-field advantage in Wednesday’s AL Wild Card match against the Athletics. They don’t have to worry about that anymore though, as last night’s win guaranteed that. | Brendan Kuty: CC Sabathia made headlines when he got ejected two innings shy of reaching a bonus in his contract worth 500,000 dollars. The team has explored a variety of options in sending him that money anyway, whether it be a direct payment or a charitable donation to the PitCCh-In Foundation, CC’s non-profit organization. There is worry in the front office however, about setting the precedent of paying athletes their bonuses if they come just short of making the cut.

ESPN | Coley Harvey: Gary Sanchez has had a frustrating 2018. He’s even said himself that it won’t be a year he considers one of his favorites personally. Despite the struggles and injuries, Sanchez has a chance to dig himself out in time for the Wild Card and possibly beyond. The front office has faith he can do it.

ESPN | Darren Rovell: Aaron Judge’s number 99 jersey was the top selling jersey in all of baseball for the second consecutive year. Injuries robbed Judge of chance to play out a full season, but his production this year has certainly carried a resemblance to his standout Rookie of the Year campaign in 2017, so it’s no surprise that the fans have doubled down on wearing his number.