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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/4/20

Yankees make significant changes to strength-and-conditioning department; Clarke Schmidt as a breakout candidate; Information about Domingo German’s suspension; Predicting the 2020’s for the Yankees.

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Kansas City Royals v New York Yankees Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images | Mike Rosenstein: recently released a list of breakout candidates for each team in 2020. For the Yankees, it was pitcher Clarke Schmidt, who ranks as the team’s fifth-best prospect. Rosenstein focuses on Schmidt and what he could bring to the table very soon. | Randy Miller: Domingo German just received a large suspension after violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. Miller runs down the basic facts of the situation, ranging from German’s potential return date and to what extent he can participate with the team while serving his suspension.

Sports Illustrated | Emma Baccellieri and Matt Martell: The 2010’s have come to an end and we have entered the 2020’s. SI gave predictions for all 30 teams heading into the new decade, and their calls for the Yankees involve a 28th World Series championship, as well as a lengthy extension for Aaron Judge.

The Athletic | Lindsey Adler: The Yankees have made significant changes to their strength-and-conditioning department as they’ve hired Eric Cressey, a well-regarded performance coach, to oversee their training and strength-and-conditioning departments. This comes on the heels of a disastrous season in terms of keeping players healthy (subscription required).