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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 1/21/20

Catching up with the pitcher who served up Jeter’s walk-off; former Yankees coaches draw interest for manager vacancies; looking at current Yanks that could be Cooperstown bound.

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Ken Davidoff | NY Post: Davidoff covered Derek Jeter’s unforgettable final home game in an article on Sunday, but now he offers another interesting perspective in an interview with Evan Meek, the Orioles reliever who delivered the pitch that further entrenched Jeter’s legend status. The pitch was sadly the last one Meek threw in his major league career.

Mike Rosenstein | With the sudden departure of three managers amid the sign-stealing, AKA the banging scheme, fallout, a former Yankee player and managerial candidate has entered the mix. Per Jon Heyman, Hensley Meulens, who interviewed for the Yankees before the manager position went to Aaron Boone, is drawing interest from the Red Sox and Mets.

Also from Rosentsein after a report from Heyman, the Astros have interviewed former Yankee friend Joe Espada, who was a third base coach for Joe Girardi and an assistant to Brian Cashman before that. Espada is currently Houston’s bench coach.

Pete Caldera | North Jersey: The Hall of Fame selections will be announced on Tuesday, and Derek Jeter will highlight the 2020 class. But what current Yankees might join Jeter in Cooperstown after their careers are over? Caldera lists the top candidates that could be Hall of Fame bound by the time their playing days are through.