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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/12/20

What the owner’s approved plan means for the Yankees; The Staten Island Yankees are in trouble; Brett Gardner wants another World Series run; Ranking the top-5 right fielders in Yankees history

MLB: Winter Meetings Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Brendan Kuty: Major League Baseball owners approved a plan to restart spring training in mid-June and begin the regular season around July 4. Now it’s up to the players to offer their thoughts on the proposed deal. What does the deal mean for the Yankees?

NY Post | Ken Davidoff: The Staten Island Yankees are in trouble as MLB plans to cut many minor league teams. Congressman Max Rose and Staten Island Borough President James Oddo sent a joint letter to Hal Steinbrenner making the case for their club. “This team means so much to our borough,” Rose and Oddo wrote. “Not only does it offer jobs and a big economic boost, it provides civic pride and family fun. The impact the players have is evident on the faces of the children who show up at the ballpark every year — and that cannot be overstated.”

NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Brett Gardner is the longest-tenured Yankee on the team, and he wants one more shot at a World Series title. “I am excited about this group and the opportunity we have,” the 36-year-old Gardner said. This season would be a chance for Gardner to show that 2019 was not a fluke, but more importantly, it is one of his last chances to win another World Series. | Bryan Hoch: Who are the top-five right fielders in Yankees history? This list tackles just that! A couple names on the list include “Mr. October” and the “Great Bambino.”