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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/1/20

MLB announces new payment plan for minor leaguers; LoDuca blasts A-Rod and calls him fake; Yankees’ top five first basemen in history; best moments of the Bombers’ 2019 season; team scouts keep working

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New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: MLB announced on Tuesday that teams will be paying minor leaguers $400 per week until May 31 or until the minor league season starts, whichever comes first. The previous agreement was to pay them through April 8. According to Ackert, “there is an exception for players who are already receiving housing, food or other services from Clubs.” The Yankees are housing and feeding minor leaguers who weren’t able to return home because of the travel restrictions implemented to try to prevent further coronavirus spread.

NY Post | Greg Joyce: Paul LoDuca, a former Major League catcher that played, among others, with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets, blasted Alex Rodriguez and said he was among the “fakest people out there.” He did it on WFAN’s “Moosie and Maggie.” The retired big leaguer went on: “The way he gets put on a pedestal now is beyond me.” Both were linked to steroids but there is a difference, according to LoDuca: “I owned up to it. I didn’t lie.” | Bryan Hoch: The league’s official site, through Hoch, put together a compilation of the five best first basemen of the Yankees’ history. Naturally, any ranking has to start with Lou Gehrig, who raked day in, day out from 1923 until 1939. Don Mattingly appears in second place while Tino Martinez, part of the late 90s’ dynasty, is third. Moose Skowron, who donned pinstripes from 1954-62, is fourth, and Jason Giambi appears in the fifth position.

NY Post | Dan Martin: Despite the heart-breaking Championship Series against the Astros, the Yankees’ 2019 season had more than its fair share of highlights, like Brett Gardner’s 100th home run, CC Sabathia’s 3,000th career strikeout, a sweep of the Red Sox in London, Aaron Hicks’ game-saving catch, Gleyber Torres owning the Orioles, and more!

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Baseball is not being played because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that scouts’ jobs are halted. Ackert explains the daily routine of Damon Oppenheimer and his personnel, and how they are adapting to the current situation to keep evaluating players. “You are digging down on videos and information, looking at things closer than you might have been able to in the past,” Oppenheimer said. “There is still a lot for us to do, we just have to adjust and adapt now.”