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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 3/8/19

The origin of Luke Voit’s home run gallop; Gauging the impact of Luis Severino’s shoulder problems; Luke Voit or Greg Bird will likely start season in Triple-A; A complete list of John Sterling’s home run calls.

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Brendan Kuty | We all know about Luke Voit’s quick gallop after he mashes a home run, and we’ve already seen it a few times in spring training. Now, we get a chance to hear about how he adopted the hop, as he credits Sammy Sosa as the inspiration for it.

Dan Szymborksi | FanGraphs: Obviously, the most disheartening news of this week has been that of Luis Severino’s shoulder problems. With any luck, Severino won’t miss too much time, but you can never be certain when it comes to the arms of pitchers. So, Szymborksi used his ZiPS projections to estimate the impact Severino’s injury would have, depending on how long it takes him to return. ZiPS says that in the worst-case scenario, a season-ending injury for Severino could slash the Yankees’ division odds by 15%.

Randy Miller | Elsewhere on, Miller details Brian Cashman’s thought process when it comes to the first base battle between Voit and Greg Bird. Both have hit well this spring, but as Cashman said on WFAN Wednesday, he doesn’t see the Yankees carrying both first basemen on the Opening Day roster. So in all likelihood, one will begin the season in Scranton.

Newsday: Brace yourselves for important content: Newsday has put together a complete and updated transcription of John Sterling’s home run calls through the years, and I mean every call, from Alex Rodriguez and Aaron Judge to Yangervis Solarte and Lance Berkman. Be sure to study up.

SB Nation: Our own Joshua Diemert joined Pushing the Odds with Matt Perrault on SB Nation Radio to talk about the latest news surrounding the Yankees. Be sure to check it out!