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Around the Empire: Yankees news — 4/23/2020

Randy Levine calls baseball without fans “not practical;” keep an eye on Yoendrys Gomez; Gio Urshela is a new Wally Pipp; Tampa Tarpons put out offer to Tom Brady

New York Yankees Introduce Masahiro Tanaka | Randy Miller: Yankees resident expert foot-in-mouth Randy Levine referred to the possibility of playing baseball without fans this year as “not practical,” just two days after Dr. Anthony Fauci said on the YES Network that it is “unlikely.” Levine, speaking on FOX Business News, called the return of baseball an “opportunity” to begin restoring the American economy. Given the situation both in New York City and throughout the country, it may be a bit ill-timed to start talking about putting thousands of people into one entertainment building, no matter how large that building is.

New York Post | Mollie Walker: You probably haven’t heard of Yoendrys Gomez, but you will — at least, according to one scout. Signed out of Venezuela in 2016 for $50,000, the 6-foot-4 Gomez boasts a mid-90s fastball and two secondary offerings. Striking out 53 in twelve starts split between Charleston and Pulaski last season at just 20 years old, he remains a prime candidate to fly through the system like Deivi Garcia.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Last season, Gio Urshela stood at the forefront of the Yankees’ B Squad movement: not only did he fill in admirably for the injured Miguel Andujar, he took the job from him — a veritable modern day Wally Pipp. Nonetheless, he knows that there are still doubters, and that he needs a repeat performance to solidify his place.

New York Post | Ted Holmlund: Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (that still sounds weird) was caught Monday for working out in a Tampa Bay park despite the COVID-19 closures. Knowing a marketing opportunity when they saw it, the Yankees Single-A affiliate, the Tampa Tarpons, tweeted out an offer to use George M. Steinbrenner Field for practice.