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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/1/20

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Curtis Granderson retires; a negative effect a Dodgers-Red Sox Betts trade could have; RailRiders new manager an intriguing choice; Wally Pipp memorabilia goes up for auction.

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ESPN: On Friday, we got the news that former Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson was retiring after a 16-year career in the majors. The outfielder spent just four years of that with the Yankees, but they were four mostly good ones. The highlight of them came in 2011, where he hit 41 home runs and finished fourth in MVP voting.

NJ.com | Joe Giglio: Rumors of a Mookie Betts trade to the Dodgers continue to swirl. On the surface level, the Red Sox getting rid of their best player is a win, as it would seriously dent the chances of keeping up with the Yankees in the 2020 AL East race. On the other hand, it seems unlikely that they would sign him anyway, and a trade could help Boston bring in the pieces to quickly get back into contention.

Citizens Voice | Donnie Collins: Minor league coaching staffs are being filled out of late, and one of the moves was the Yankees hiring Doug Davis as manager for the Triple-A RailRiders. With the several of the usual options taking jobs elsewhere, they had to think slightly outside the box for this appointment, but they have found an intriguing option in someone who grew up not terribly far away from Scranton.

Sports Collectors Daily | Rich Mueller: In today’s weird news, Wally Pipp’s 1923 World Series championship pocket watch is up for auction. Pipp is more famous for taking a day off and then losing his spot to Lou Gehrig, as the Iron Horse then played 2130 games in a row. However, Pipp was a good player in his own right and was the regular first baseman for the ‘23 team. Also, the Yankees should bring back the championship pocket watch if they win in 2020.