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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/28/2020

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Tampa Bay could be Yankees home field in 2020; Pressure on Yankees to win if season is played; Bucky Dent’s phone blows up after replays of famous home run

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NJ.com | Randy Miller: If a major league baseball season is played in 2020 with fans in attendance, the Yankees may be in trouble. New York is the biggest hotspot in the country for the virus’ outbreak, and getting fans into Yankee Stadium safely may not be a possibility. MLB and the team are looking into alternate locations for the Yankees to play their home games, and one of the options could be borrowing a division rival’s field. Tropicana Field could play host to the pinstripes, and the team is also considering Marlins Park and their own spring training home at Steinbrenner Field.

NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: MLB and the player’s association came to an agreement on Thursday night on a settlement over how pay would be allocated and how service time would function in a shortened season. Full service time will be issued, meaning the Yankees critical pending free agents — including Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and DJ LeMahieu — will all hit the market no matter how many games the season lasts. This means that the Yankees best chance to win it all in the near future may be this season.

NY Post | Ken Davidoff: Sports programs have been getting creative with their broadcasting with a lack of live events currently. Plenty of signature moments and crucial games from the past have been getting airtime, and Bucky Dent’s famous home run against the Red Sox is no exception. Dent’s career highlight has been getting plenty of attention, and his phone has been blowing up after the iconic blast got some airtime on MLB Network.