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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/12/20

Prospect reminds of Dellin Betances; CC Sabathia pitching in during pandemic; Fans unlikely to attend large sporting events during 2020

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NJ.com | Randy Miller: It may seem like a lifetime ago, but spring training was going on just last month. Back in March, a scout gave Yankees prospect Luis Medina an optimistic comp: Dellin Betances. While Medina doesn’t have Betances’ frame, standing at 6-foot-1, Medina can throw in the upper-90’s with a strong breaking ball. The Yankees would certainly be thrilled if one of their hard-throwing right-handed prospects developed into the next Betances.

New York Post | George A. King: Former Yankees ace CC Sabathia is confined to his home in New Jersey right now, but he and his wife Amber have organized to provide food to residents in both the Bronx and Sabathia’s hometown of Vallejo for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. Sabathia noted that “if this was 30-something years ago, I would be standing on line waiting for a box”, so it was a no-brainer for him to get involved and help.

NJ.com | Joe Giglio: Earlier this week, Seton Hall University released a poll that indicated 72% of respondents wouldn’t feel comfortable attending large sporting events before a vaccine for the coronavirus was widely available. The poll used a fairly small sample of 762 people, but it still seems noteworthy, as it sounds unlikely that most Americans will be comfortable going to a normal MLB or NBA or NFL game any time in 2020.