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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/15/20

Cashman, Boone hold end-of-season press conference; LeMahieu nominated for Hank Aaron Award; Thames interviews for Tigers vacancy

MLB: New York Yankees-Workouts Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees held their annual season’s end press conference on Wednesday afternoon, with both Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman taking the podium. These sessions usually produce a laundry list of surprise injury news, but thankfully the Bombers have none to report. Luke Voit has plantar fasciitis and received a PRP injection for it, but that’s all. Game Two of the ALDS dominated the conversation, where Boone took responsibility for the pitching switch, and Cashman backed him up. Other topics included the future of Gary Sánchez, Gleyber Torres’ defense, and the upcoming free agencies of DJ LeMahieu and Masahiro Tanaka.

Cashman also delivered this sobering, if not pathetic, assessment:

Yeesh. | Danny Abriano: For the second consecutive season, the league has nominated DJ LeMahieu for the Hank Aaron Award. The award recognizes the best talent at the plate in each league. LeMahieu, 32, hit 364/.421/.590 with 10 home runs (177 wRC+) en route to winning the American League batting title. In addition to input provided by Hank Aaron, Ken Griffey Jr., and Johnny Bench, fans can weigh in by voting here.

The Detroit News | Tony Paul: The Tigers got a jump start on their managerial search, a vacancy opened up by Ron Gardenhire’s unexpected retirement. Detroit reportedly has conducted two Zoom interviews with Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames. The 43-year-old is no stranger to the Motor City, having played six seasons for the Tigers. Thames represents one of the top managerial candidates in the game, satisfying every criteria needed in a modern manager. Best of luck to Thames.