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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/22/20

Mariano Rivera questions whether any team could call themselves World Series champs if the season is significantly shortened; Will a short season hurt players’ Hall of Fame chances?; Some Yankees continue to work out in Florida.

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SNY: We have no idea when or if baseball will resume this year. If there is an extremely abbreviated season, Mariano Rivera doesn’t think any team would have the right to call itself a World Series champion. “Anything can happen in 60 games. I don’t think it’s enough,” he went on to say. He also talked about how batters will probably be fine if and when play resumes, but pitchers are going to need more time to ramp up. The Yankee legend makes some valid points.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: One thing we know for sure is that this will be a shortened season. Sherman poses an interesting question about whether the 2020 season will hurt certain players’ chances of getting into the Hall of Fame. After all, someone like Gerrit Cole is in his prime age-wise right now, and will likely need to put together several more seasons like the last two.

New York Post | George A. King III: Some Yankees are still hanging around Steinbrenner Field and continuing to work out. Aaron Judge said that being able to do some stuff around the complex makes it feel like they’re still in “baseball mode.” Meanwhile, Tyler Wade said that the smaller group has helped him learn a few things from DJ LeMahieu.