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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/26/19

Ellsbury’s doctor disagrees with claims; Gardner may be a necessary move for Yankees; minor league news good and bad; the teenage girl that struck out Ruth and Gehrig

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New York Post | Peter Botte: There was another twist in the Jacoby Ellsbury contract situation as the doctor at the center of the dispute claimed that he never saw the outfielder for a “work-related injury” as the Yankees have alleged. He also denied that he has ever provided PEDs to any athlete. This is probably going to get messier before things are settled.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: It may cost a bit more than it did last season, but bringing back Brett Gardner may be an important move for the Yankees. Between the hole in center field with Aaron Hicks out to start the season, and Gardner coming off an excellent 2019, there is a very clear spot for him if he and the team come to terms. | Rob Terranova: Here is a list of some of the Yankees’ best minor league performers from 2019, regardless of whether or not they’re a highly regarded prospect.

FanGraphs | Ben Clemens and Meg Rowley: The potential restructuring of the minor leagues would affect the Yankees, as Staten Island is one of the teams possibly on the chopping block. More important, however, is the amount of fans it would potentially hinder. Here is a breakdown of the areas of the country which be most adversely affected under the new plan.

Hardball Times | Gabrielle Starr: For our last link, here is a story out of history. Back in 1931, both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were struck out by a 17-year old girl named Jackie Mitchell in an exhibition in Chattanooga, Tennessee.