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Around the Empire - Yankees news - 4/6/20

Mark Teixeira talks about potential empty stadium games; English soccer league given tentative green light to begin play in June; an interview with David Cone; Erik Kratz shares Olympic dreams.

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Newsday | Erik Boland: Mark Teixeira weighed in on the issue of MLB potentially playing in front of empty stadiums when play initially resumes. While he agrees that empty stadiums is better than no games at all, he did raise the potential issue of what would happen if the owners wanted to cut pay due to the loss of ticket sales, concessions, etc. While the league and the player’s association did reach a deal surrounding some of the contractual issues, that was not one of them.

Yahoo Sports | Jack Baer: Speaking of, at least one sport somewhere in the world has been given a “tentative green light” to begin play in a couple months. The Premier League, England’s top soccer team, has been given the go ahead to begin play without fans in June, depending on an improvement in circumstances between now and then. Different countries, different sports, different circumstances, but it’s something to at least keep in mind. | Bob Klapisch: Here we have an wide-ranging interview with former Yankees’ pitcher and current broadcaster David Cone. Of course the current circumstances are brought up, including what Cone himself might do if he were in charge. However, there’s also plenty of other topics, including his interview for the pitching coach job, his career, and the current state of baseball and pitching in actual on the field matters.

WHSV | Alex Flum: The current world situation has all the various Yankees players across the country and across the world, with a lot of them returning to their hometown and/or current offseason homes. One of those is Erik Kratz, who is technically in the organization even if he wasn’t likely to get the backup catcher’s job. One of the local news stations where Kratz is located caught up with him where he talked about his hopes of representing the US at the Olympics in 2021, when baseball will return to the games. Kratz was part of the US team had attempted to qualify last offseason.