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

LeMahieu wants to maintain normalcy; MLB Draft in jeopardy; Balkovec helping those in need

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New York Post | Peter Botte: The Yankees remain in camp for the time being, and DJ LeMahieu credits it for maintaining a sense of normalcy. “It’s nice to be outside and working out. I think this is the best place to be right now,” he explained. It’s nice that the team has this outlet, and they’re taking appropriate safety precautions. It remains unknown for how long they will be able to remain in Tampa.

NBC Sports | Bill Baer: Last week MLB instructed all scouts to halt activity. That put the MLB Draft in jeopardy. Now, reports have emerged suggesting that the draft might be canceled outright, ditto the international signing period. A cancelation would obviously have ramifications that extend beyond this summer, as it would likely crowd next year’s draft class. Hopefully this situation can be avoided.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Some good news to wrap up the post—new hitting instructor Rachel Balkovec started a GoFundMe campaign to assist those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. “Give what you can. If you can’t give money, give your time or your services,” she said. “If you can’t give your time, call your Mom, eat your veggies and stay away from other people. Do your part for humans.” Balkovec was hired by the Yankees last November, when she became the first woman to serve as hitting coach with a major-league organization.