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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/26/2020

Boone talks about the Red Sox cheating penalties; Cole Kmet drew Judge comparisons before heading to the NFL; Jeter named ‘06 MVP in MLB writers’ re-vote

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NY Post | Dan Martin: The punishment for the Red Sox sign-stealing scandal — the less-talked about sequel to the Astros’ scheme — finally came down, and it was underwhelming to say the least. MLB didn’t find nearly as much there as they did in Houston, and thus only penalized Boston a second-round pick and suspended a replay operator. Aaron Boone was asked about his thoughts on the matter, and sounded ready to move on from the saga.

NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Tight end Cole Kmet was taken with the 43rd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, but before his football career blossomed he garnered some attention for his baseball skills. The comparison that one scout gave Kmet? Aaron Judge. Kmet certainly has the body type of Judge, hulking around at 6-foot-6 and 266 pounds, but his heart was on the gridiron and he passed on an offer from the White Sox before college. Now that dedication has paid off for Kmet, but it would’ve been something to see if he could match that comparison.

MLB.com | Mark Feinsand: Derek Jeter had an incredible career, and he collected most of the game’s most prestigious awards. The one that got away from him, however, was an AL MVP award. Jeter came closest in 2006, when he was the runner-up to Justin Morneau, and that MVP race is the most recent re-vote debate that the writers at MLB.com took up. Using a modern perspective on statistics, the new ballot declared Jeter the rightful winner among a host of changes.