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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/5/2020

Volpe on his first taste of spring training; Waldman staying in touch; Bleacher Creatures are sad

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New York Post | George A. King III: Last year’s first round draft pick Anthony Volpe got into just one spring training game this year before a positive COVID-19 test from a Yankee minor-leaguer sent him and the rest of the team’s prospects into quarantine. This is the second straight year the shortstop has had a season cut short by a virus, missing time last year after contracting mononucleosis. Hopefully, 2020 will be the last time Volpe is sent home by illness.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Suzyn Waldman, one half of arguably baseball’s most recognizable radio booth, has spent most of her spring “introducing” classic game rebroadcasts while she, like the rest of us, waits for real baseball to return. Waldman’s been covering the game in some capacity or another for 34 years, but even she recognizes this is something she’s never seen before, and has worked to stay in touch with the behind-the-scenes members of the Yankee broadcast “family” while physically distancing.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: We were supposed to see the Yankees’ home opener this week, which means we were supposed to hear the first Roll Call of 2020. The famous Bleacher Creature tradition is just one of many moved to the backburner because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some of Yankee Stadium’s most passionate attendees are trying to find other ways to pass the time.