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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/16/2020

Dr. Fauci believes baseball without fan attendance possible; Reggie remembers Hank Steinbrenner; Ex-Yankee second baseman Damaso Garcia passes away

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NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: If you’ve been tuning into the news lately, you’ve probably heard of Dr. Anthony Fauci. He’s the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and he’s become the nation’s foremost voice on COVID-19 updates. Fauci has been in touch with professional sports leagues and was briefed on MLB’s initial Arizona Plan for resuming the season, and believes that a 2020 season is possible with some limitations.

Mainly, there would be no fans and the players would effectively be quarantined and tested throughout the season. These stipulations were likely to be required regardless, so it’s not surprising to hear this, but it is a positive that there seems to be some momentum to reaching a solidified plan.

NY Post | George A. King III: Reggie Jackson first got to know Hank Steinbrenner when he was signed by the Yankees in 1977, and has held a strong friendship since. Jackson reminisced on Steinbrenner’s passing, calling Hank “very generous, thoughtful and respectful.” Jackson also praised the relationship that Hank and Hal Steinbrenner have had since taking over control of the Yankees, saying the pair worked without jealousy. | Mike Rosenstein: Former Yankees second baseman Damaso Garcia passed away on Wednesday. Garcia played for the Yankees in 1978 and 1979, joining a World Series-bound squad with the former. Garcia was traded away alongside Chris Chambliss to Toronto, where he’d play another seven years and make two all-star teams.