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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/2/20

Yankee legend Don Larsen passed away; Three Yankee Comeback Player of the Year candidates; Creating the team of the decade.

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NY Daily News | Bill Madden: Yankee legend Don Larsen passed away yesterday. He remains the only man to have ever pitched a perfect game in the World Series. This is a fun read about that 1956 World Series and the rest of his career.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Injuries were a huge part of the Yankees’ 2019 season, but the Mets had some as well. Luis Severino, Giancarlo Stanton, and Miguel Andujar will all enter 2020 looking to redeem themselves and are large candidates for the Comeback Player of the Year award. For the Mets, Dellin Betances, Jed Lowrie, and Yoenis Cespedes, will not only look to bounce back but push their team into the postseason, which they haven’t been a part of since 2016. | Randy Miller: The Yankees fielded great teams during the beginning and ending of the last decade, which CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner both got to be a part of. Debating who were the best players of each position is tough, but don’t worry because the job has been done. Some roles must have been difficult to decide, like choosing between Mariano Rivera or Aroldis Chapman, while some other decisions couldn’t have been easier.