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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/31/20

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Boone talks waiting out coronavirus; Cashman’s winning strategy; Minor leaguer discusses quarantine; FanGraphs needs our help

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New York Post | Howard Kussoy: For Aaron Boone, it feels like the offseason again. Instead of checking in with his players at their lockers, in his office, or around the clubhouse, he has to chat with them over the phone. It’s all part of the job, even if the season has been suspended for the foreseeable future. Boone noted the frustration involved, but recognizes this represents just a small concern during the crisis. It’s nice to hear he’s staying in touch. Boone has a reputation for being a player-first manager, and these conversations highlight that point.

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: As one of the longest-tenured executives in baseball, serving 21 seasons at the helm in the Bronx, Brian Cashman is no stranger to success. What does he credit for this remarkable run? “What serves us well is not being arrogant and thinking we have it all figured out,” he says. The Yankees understand the importance of forward thinking, and in a funny turn of events, that’s been essential to their longevity.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: For two weeks, Yankees minor leaguers quarantined in their hotel in Tampa. Matt Minnick, a left-handed pitcher whom the Yankees selected in the 2019 MLB Draft, gave Ackert a first-hand account of life sequestered away. “The food was really, really good,” he explained. “I felt like they really took good care of us. We talked to the doctors and health department [on an organization-wide conference call]. They kept us informed and made the best of the situation.” It’s noice to hear the time went out of their way to keep the minor leaguers comfortable during such a scary time.

FanGraphs | David Appelman: I would be remiss to close this news roundup without mentioning that FanGraphs needs our help. Without FanGraphs, we wouldn’t have the quality analysis and coverage you’ve come to expect from PSA. The Building and Loan is in trouble, friends. Let’s do what we can to lend a hand.