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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 5/1/20

Randy Levine feels confused; Giancarlo Stanton donates 15,000 face shields; Yankees will need Aroldis Chapman to bounce back, whenever baseball resumes; Both New York teams announce April refund policies.

Romeo Santos’ “Formula, Vol 2” Album Release Press Conference Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images | Mike Rosenstein: Yankees president Randy Levine spoke again about the potentially suspended MLB season. Days after opining that playing games without fans in the seats was “impractical”, Levine stated he was confused that Anthony Fauci, one of the lead members of the White House’s coronavirus task force, had expressed both a desire to see sport this year and doubts about whether holding sports would be feasible. Levine didn’t exactly explain what was confusing about hoping to see sports while also holding misgivings about the safety of said sports.

New York Post | George A. King: King writes that whenever baseball returns, the Yankees will very much need their closer, Aroldis Chapman, to bounce back from the devastating end to the ALCS versus the Astros. The last time we saw Chapman on the mound, Jose Altuve was bounding around the bases. We have seen Chapman on social media, though, and he as looked as strong as ever.

Newsday | Tim Healey: Both the Yankees and Mets announced their refund policies regarding games postponed by the pandemic, and it looks like both teams decided to only address games originally scheduled for April. It appears tickets bought through the Yankees can be refunded, though the team apparently has attempted to point customers toward exchanging tickets for postponed games for future games.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Giancarlo Stanton has donated 15000 face shields to healthcare workers in New York and California. Stanton said he felt that such a donation could do the most to help those fighting the coronavirus pandemic. He also noted that his right calf is ready to go, and that he’ll be good to play whenever play resumes.