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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/26/20

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Sterling OK with delayed season; a possible service time agreement; Judge injury gets weirder.

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New York Post | Andrew Marchand: We’re all being asked to make a number of sacrifices to fight the coronavirus outbreak around the world, but for some of us those asks are easier to come through than others. For longtime Yankee radio broadcaster John Sterling, delaying the start of the season is no sacrifice at all. Sterling, 81, understands how dangerous this infection can be and is happy to wait for the 2020 season to start once things have calmed down.

FanGraphs | Dan Szymborski: One of the tricky baseball questions for if and when the season restarts is how the league and players’ association calculates service time in a shortened season. As of yesterday, it seems the two sides have something resembling a preliminary agreement on how that works, with whatever an abbreviated season ends up being counting for a full year of service time. In the event the season is canceled entirely, service time still counts in full, at least as of right now.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: We can’t have a link dump without a weird Yankee injury story. Today, we learned that Aaron Judge’s collapsed lung likely happened on the same date as his diving catch that fractured his ribs, all the way back in September. The Yankee star played a good chunk of the year with a collapsed lung, proving that the Yankee injury curse can always get more bizarre.