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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/18/20

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Spitting, high-fives to possibly be banned from baseball; How the YES Network and WFAN will adapt their broadcasts; DJ LeMahieu on his future

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Yahoo! Sports: If baseball is coming back in 2020, it’s going to look a lot different. As part of a new MLB proposal to the Players’ Association that has yet to be approved, several new social distancing measures would be enacted. Players would no longer be allowed to shower at the stadium after games, there would be a ban on spitting and the use of tobacco, as well as celebratory high-fives or fist-bumps. Additionally, players would be tested for COVID-19 at least once per week, along with daily temperature checks and a requirement to sanitize their hands between each half-inning.

NJ.com | Bob Klapisch: The way sports media goes about its job will also have to change as a result of the pandemic. The YES Network and WFAN are exploring the idea of calling games remotely, using a monitor. Field reporters might still be allowed, but would have to go about their jobs completely differently. One alternative that some football broadcasts are considering is pumping in artificial crowd noise, an idea that could make the games feel more normal.

New York Post | George A. King III: DJ LeMahieu isn’t an outspoken guy, so any comments about his future with the Yankees are notable. Although LeMahieu said he’d like to be back with the Yankees after 2020, he maintained that he’s just focusing on this year. LeMahieu also detailed how he’s staying sharp and physically preparing for the season.