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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/27/20

Verlander stirs up controversy accepting Cy Young Award; Prospects to keep an eye on in spring training; Gehrig’s ridiculous 1928 World Series; NBA legend Bryant dies at 41

97th annual New York Baseball Writers’ Dinner Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

New York Post | Justin Tasch: Justin Verlander accepted the 2019 American League Cy Young Award on Saturday night at the New York Baseball Writers’ dinner. During his speech, the right-hander praised the Astros for being “technologically and analytically advanced.” This tone-deaf comment, coming during the fallout of the sign-stealing scandal, drew the ire of many in attendance, particularly CC Sabathia. I don’t know about you, but I certainly wouldn’t want CC mad at me. | Brendan Kuty: The weeks leading up to spring training means it’s time to talk prospects. We’re covering the various rankings, but there are also those who will get invited to spring training. Kuty runs down a few players to keep an eye on in camp, particularly pitchers Deivi Garcia, Clarke Schmidt, Albert Abreu, and Mike King.

The Hardball Times | Shane Tourtellotte: Did you know that Major League Baseball didn’t award a World Series MVP until 1955? That means the Yankees won 16 titles before they could pick an MVP. Tourtellotte decided to go back in time and hand out awards retrospectively. Take a look at the 1928 Fall Classic, when the Bombers bested the Cardinals in four games. Lou Gehrig put up one of the most ridiculous batting lines you’ll ever see.

The Ringer | Paolo Uggetti: No sports news would be complete today without mentioning the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. Bryant was a towering figure in the game, leading the Lakers to five NBA championships. Our thoughts are with the Bryant family.