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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 4/30/20

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone “confident” that there will be a season in 2020; Hall of Fame induction ceremony likely to be postponed until 2021; discovering the trace of the Gleyber Torres’ trade; the mystery behind Don Mattingly’s age and the 1987 Topps card.

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MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Washington Nationals Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports | Danny Abriano: Yankees manager Aaron Boone expressed confidence that there will be an MLB season in 2020 after all. He said that he has been in constant touch with his players and the front office via text messages, FaceTime and Zoom. “It’s been good. I feel like guys are in a good spot, and hopefully when we do get that call to go, I feel like our guys are in a pretty good spot to be ready to hit the ground running,” he stated. The skipper is “certainly hopeful” that one of the seemingly hundreds of proposals to restart the season will materialize.

USA Today | Bob Nightengale: The National Baseball Hall of Fame was going to hold its annual induction ceremony in late July, from the 24th to the 26th. However, as Nightengale reported, the Hall was expected to announce this week that the event would be postponed until 2021, something that was made official Wednesday evening. Yankees’ legend Derek Jeter, elected to Cooperstown earlier in the year, will have to wait until next year to have a place among the immortals. | Sarah Langs Yes, the Yankees are currently enjoying the play of Gleyber Torres, who has - predictably - blossomed into one of the game’s best shortstops. In a very interesting exercise, Langs traces the roots of the transaction that brought him to the Bronx, including players like Manny Banuelos, David Carpenter, Chasen Shreve, Tony Renda, Eric Jagielo, Caleb Cotham, Rookie Davis and, of course, Torres’ current teammate Aroldis Chapman.

ESPN | Sam Miller: In a fascinating piece of research journalism, the mysterious mixup about Don Mattingly’s real age and the reasons behind the confusion make for a fantastic story that you should carefully read from start to finish. We will give you no spoilers: just open the link and find it all out for yourself! Baseball cards, birth certificates and a respected stats wizard are all involved.