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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/13/2020

Yankees prospect raising money for hometown pandemic relief fund; Yankees look to be re-armed if July start goes through; Mark Teixeira urges union to accept deal

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New York Post | Ken Davidoff: You probably haven’t heard of Montana Semmel, the Yankees’ 36th-round pick last year, but you should. The 18-year-old from Stamford, Connecticut has been working to raise money for the Stamford Health COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund. After narrowly escaping contact with the virus, as his throwing partner was the infected player in camp, because he attended the funeral of Yankees scout Kelly Rodman, Semmel felt that “it was the right thing to do.” | Brendan Kuty: If the early-July Opening Day plan that Major League Baseball has proposed to the Player’s Association comes to fruition, the Yankees may wind as the biggest benefactors. Before the pandemic cut spring training short, four Yankees — including the entire starting outfield — looked to begin the season on the injured list. All of them, however, have a reasonable shot at being ready for the beginning of July; this includes Aaron Hicks, who may end up as the first player to have Tommy John surgery and not miss a game.

SNY | Alex Smith: Former Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has come out in support of the league’s plan, urging players to sign the deal despite taking a further pay cut than the one that they had agreed to when the shutdown began. “Players need to understand that if they turn this deal down and shut the sport down, they’re not making a cent,” Teixeira said. “I would rather make pennies on the dollar and give hope to people and play baseball than not make anything and lose an entire year off their career.” Easy words to say without any financial stake in the matter.