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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/15/20

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Supporting the South Bronx; Yankees staying in Tampa; Florial impresses in final spring outing

Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

New York Daily News | Bradford William Davis: The postponing of Opening Day has had a ripple effect across all of baseball, but perhaps nowhere has felt the impact like the low-income areas of the South Bronx. As the heart of the Yankee fandom, the neighborhood relies on the economic activity generated by the team in order to get by. With no baseball on the horizon, the expected shortfall in the area can be disastrous for some residents.

National Post: The Yankees held a team vote Friday to determine the next steps in baseball’s postponement, and the team unanimously agreed to remain at the spring training complex in Tampa. This helps set a strong example for the public in moderate self-isolation, and after infield workouts as a team, could lead to a more prepared club with better chemistry once the season does come around.

NJ.com | Brandon Kuty: The players who may be most impacted by the coronavirus shutdown are the prospects and MiLB players, who lose out on their already meager earnings. Yankee prospect Estevan Florial was looking to re-establish some value after a couple of tough seasons in the Yankee system, and ended his spring with a strong performance in the team’s final game. We don’t know where Florial will be when baseball returns, but fingers crossed his solid spring carries over into the summer.