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Around the Empire: Yankees news 8/18/19

Brett Gardner in trouble again; the league doesn’t love the “savages in the box” video; Boone wouldn’t mind a mercy rule; Mike Tauchman, baseball nerd

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New York Post | Mike Vaccaro: Brett Gardner’s bat got him in trouble again on Saturday. After Cameron Maybin took a bad call, Aaron Boone got ejected for what appeared to be arguing balls and strikes. Shortly after the ejection, Brett Gardner started banging his bat on the roof of the dugout and was also thrown out of the game. This is the second time in a week Gardner’s been tossed for the same move, which indicates a problem. Either Gardner should stop doing a thing that’s not at all against the rules, or the umpires should stop punishing him for not breaking rules.

ESPN | Coley Harvey: Speaking of ejections, just about every fan of the Yankees and baseball has heard Aaron Boone’s “savages in the box” rant, and in large part, that’s because of one Yankee fan: Jimmy “Jomboy” O’Brien. Jomboy routinely breaks down baseball’s biggest meltdowns and interesting plays: Boone’s rant from a few weeks ago, Trevor Bauer launching the ball over the wall, and Amir Garrett’s fight with the Pirates. Fans and players—including CC Sabathia—love these breakdowns, but the MLB and the Yankees’ brass don’t exactly love them. In his final piece on the Yankee beat, Harvey’s done some great work here.

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: After the Yankees got trounced by 14 runs on Thursday night, Aaron Boone mentioned that he could be in favor of a mercy rule. Boone is in favor of such a rule because he wants to protect his players from injury. Position players pitching is the most non-competitive thing a team can do in a game. Rather than watch Mike Ford toss two innings, why not just call the game?

New York Times | James Wagner: Among the many surprises the 2019 season has brought, Mike Tauchman definitely stands out as one of the biggest. As of Saturday, Tauchman has been worth more fWAR than Aaron Judge, Luke Voit, and Gary Sanchez. His success this season is in part due to his analytical approach to the game. He’s worked with a “biomechanics hitting coach” to introduce more lift into his swing, and he supplements this training by reading Travis Sawchik and Ben Lindbergh (and presumably other smart baseball writers) and devouring the video and scouting reports the Yankees have made available to him.