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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 01/24/20

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Yankees were eyeing Mahomes in 2014; Jeter breaks down the flip play; the next player to go unanimously into the Hall of Fame might be an ex-Yankee

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NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Damon Oppenheimer, Yankees Vice President and Director of Amateur Scouting, said that he was eyeing Patrick Mahomes ahead of the 2014 MLB draft. Mahomes is the son of former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes, who had an 11-year career. The quarterback, however, chose to stick with football. Oppenheimer admitted, “When a guy has these options of being a really good quarterback who’s going to walk in and play at the Division I level real quick, it makes it an obstacle to try and put him in minor league baseball and have him go and spend years trying to refine his skills...”

SI.com | Dan Gartland: Derek Jeter’s career was filled with historical plays. For the first time, however, the MLB Network crew got Jeter in the studio to breakdown one in particular. Of course it was the flip play against the Athletics in the 2001 ALDS Jeremy Giambi out at home. Jeter always prided himself on being prepared, and he sure was for this play.

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: Jeter was one vote shy of becoming the second player in MLB history to be unanimously voted into the Hall of Fame after his former teammate Mariano Rivera. Though it looks like the next player who will come close enough to garnering that high honor will be a former Yankee, having played with the team in the latter half of his career from 2012-2014. Can you guess who this legend is? Maybe the best hitter in baseball history, Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro will be eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot in 2025.