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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 1/15/20

Yankees minor league affiliate giving out trash can promotion; Changes to strength and conditioning department; Boone feels vindicated; CC Sabathia feels cheated; spring training schedule is out

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Pictured: the trash can being used for a more noble pursuit before its association with the Houston Astros.
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CBS Sports | Chris Bengel: The Yankees will be taking advantage of the Astros sign-stealing investigation by giving away trash can through their minor league affiliate the Stanten Island Yankees. The game will take place September 3rd at 7:00 pm EST if anyone is considering having the prize that will be handed out to the first 500 fans. Most prizes might not convince fans to get on the Staten Island Ferry, but this one might just do it. | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees broke the record for most injured club in 2019, so it’s no wonder they have made changes to their strength and conditioning department. Eric Cressey enters as the new director of player health and performance, Donovan Santas as the assistant director of player health and performance, and Brett McCabe as the major league strength and conditioning coach. Jonathan Holder, Michael King, Jordan Montgomery and Adam Ottavino have already been working with Cressey this offseason, and the entire team will eventually get to meet him soon.

New York Post | Greg Joyce: With the Houston Astros investigation now over and actions handed out because of their wrong doing, Aaron Boone may feel better about his suspicions during the 2019 ALCS. He reported the Astros for using whistling as a possible form of sign stealing during the post season. Former Astros manager A.J. Hinch laughed at the allegation, calling them a “joke.” However, looking back, Boone could have been correct all along.

ESPN: After MLB officially came down on punishment for the 2017 Houston Astros, many former and current Yankees will understandably be upset and have to think about what could have been. CC Sabathia commented on the topic explaining the obvious frustration someone would have feeling that they might have been cheated out of a championship. We don’t know what could have happened, but no penalties could erase that feeling of doubt.

YES Network: If anyone is planning to catch some spring training games, the schedule is now up for all of your planning needs.

Pinstripe Alley | Tyler Norton: Lastly, a reminder to check out the site news that came out yesterday where we’re seeking interested writers for the 2020 season. Submissions are due by January 21st, and if you’re curious see the details here.