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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/19/20

Cuomo gives green light to New York teams; Baseball won’t actually lose $4 billion; Former Yankees weigh in on Cole’s debut delay

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NY Governor Cuomo Holds Coronavirus Briefing At Northwell Feinstein Institute For Medical Research Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Newsday | David Lennon: At his daily coronavirus briefing on Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo indicated that he would work to bring sports—albeit without fans—to New York. “Hockey, basketball, baseball, football, whoever can reopen,” Cuomo explained. “We’re a ready, willing and able partner.”

I’ve raised my concerns before, but for new readers, I find it hard to believe MLB can safely reopen. Not only that, but I have reservations when it comes to using resources on a ballgame when areas of the country still struggle with testing and PPE shortages. That said, Lennon poses another obstacle: a labor showdown between the owners and the MLBPA. According to Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic (subscription required), a protracted grows likelier by the day.

FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: Remember when Rob Manfred went on national TV, alleging that, without a baseball season, the league would lose about $4 billion? In a detailed fact-check, PSA alumnus Craig Edwards debunks that claim. “Ultimately, owners might lose money this season, but just how much is up for debate,” he surmises. “If the teams play games, it certainly won’t be the $4 billion figure that is being floated.” | Mike Rosenstein: Yankees fans have long waited to watch Gerrit Cole pitch in pinstripes. After he signed with the club in December, that waiting was met with, well, more waiting. Three high-profile former Yankees weighed in on what the ace right-hander might be thinking. Mark Teixeira described how Cole probably wants to see the bright lights of Yankee Stadium; Mike Mussina noted how odd it would be to have an incomplete spring training; and CC Sabathia, taking a more positive route, relayed that he at least got the chance to meet his new teammates.