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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/19/20

Randolph sings Gardner’s praises; Richardson recalls Mantle, glory days; Revisiting the Gregorius trade

Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images | Randy Miller: Folks around the Yankees know to take Willie Randolph’s thoughts seriously. When the longtime second baseman speaks, people listen. The spring-training staple and YES Network personality recently opened up about a current Yankee he admires, Brett Gardner. “I just want to celebrate Gardy a little bit,” the 65-year-old said. “What an outstanding leader he’s been on this team. I’ve watched him from a baby and the way he goes about his business and the fact that he can do everything on the field.” The Yankees brought Gardner back on a one-year deal with an option back in January.

New York Post | Kevin Kernan: Bobby Richardson played in parts of 12 seasons with the Yankees from 1955-1968, earning three World Series rings in the process. Now 85, the second baseman spoke to Kernan about his Yankees years, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and the dubious distinction of being the only player to earn World Series MVP honors from a losing team. “I looked at Yogi and I could tell that ball would be out of the park,’’ he said of Bill Mazeroski’s walk-off homer to steal the 1960 Fall Classic. “I grabbed my hat and took off because I knew those fans would be on the field.” Fans of Yankees history will find this article a must-read.

Beyond the Box Score | Luis Torres: For the first time since 2015, Didi Gregorius won’t suit up for the Yankees. I’m still sad about that; Sir Didi will always be cool in my books. Here, Torres provides an in-depth recap of the three-team trade that brought the Good Knight to the Bronx.