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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 4/8/20

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Ottavino supportive of Arizona plan; a sit-down with Clarke Schmidt; Murderers Row Yankees still the best team ever.

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SNY | Scott Thompson: ESPN’s Jeff Passan dropped an early-morning bomb on Tuesday by revealing MLB’s exploration of playing a full season in Arizona. Adam Ottavino is supportive of the idea, though the righty reliever acknowledges that the situation can differ greatly for other players.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Yankees prospect Clarke Schmidt was opening eyes in spring training before baseball was shut down to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, and the former first-round pick talked with Kuty about dealing with the abrupt postponement of the season and what he’s doing to stay sharp for a potential 2020 season.

Yahoo! Sports | Mike Oz: Yahoo! put together a “Best Team Ever” bracket for MLB teams, a 16-team bracket that crowned a champion on Tuesday. The winner was the 1927 Yankees, which beat the 1975 Reds in the finals (the team that won over the 1998 Yankees in the semifinals). This article represents yet another reminder of how dominant that team was, boasting Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in their prime.