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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/14/2020

Delving into the proposed division realignment; Higashioka favors Arizona baseball; a Strat-O-Matic simulation

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FanGraphs | Ben Clemens: There are a number of possible solutions to getting something resembling a 2020 MLB season in. The one the league seems to be favoring involves moving all teams to play in spring training divisions in Arizona. This does present some scheduling snafus challenging traditional division rivalries, but for those hungry for a schedule shakeup, the proposal could actually be a fresh take on the season.

SNY | Danny Abriano: Speaking of the proposed realignment, at least one Yankee is all aboard. Backup catcher Kyle Higashioka was slated to begin the year on the active roster, and agrees with the plan to hold a shortened season in the desert. These kind of proposals perfectly expose the moral hazard players find themselves in: a player like Higashioka really needs a 2020 season to prove his value. That need can conflict directly with public health needs, and creates a difficult situation MLB is trying to wade through.

Sports Illustrated | Max Goodman: Simulations are the name of the game right now, as baseball fans try to find some way to follow their sport of choice. We’re running a couple different ones on PSA, but SI used the classic tabletop Strat-o-Matic game to simulate a 2020 season. Unlike most prognostications, the Yankees got off to a slow start in the simmed season, making me happy wins and losses on paper don’t count.