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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 5/21/20

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Clarke Schmidt ready to help the major-league team; Mike Tauchman proves just another steal for the Yankees; Tino Martinez thinks players will have a hard time with no-spitting rule.

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NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Clarke Schmidt, one of the Yankees’ top two pitching prospects, entered spring training this year hoping to ultimately make an impact at the major league level. Earlier this week, he detailed how he was working double time to make sure he’s over-prepared for a potential summer start to the season. Schmidt intends to be fully-equipped to help the Yankees at the highest level in July.

New York Post | George A. King: Count Mike Tauchman as just another player who has ensured that the Yankees have demonstrably won a seemingly innocuous trade. Like Didi Gregroius and Aaron Hicks before him, Tauchman has proven himself a Brian Cashman steal, providing starting-caliber production in exchange for left-handed minor-league pitcher Philip Diehl.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: Former Yankee first baseman Tino Martinez offered his opinion on which proposed rule changes MLB players would have the most trouble adapting to. Martinez believes that refraining from high-fives, and even not showering at ballparks after games, wouldn’t be too difficult for players to adjust to. He thinks that one of the most difficult adjustments would be the no-spitting rule, as Martinez explains that “when you’re on the field out there daily, your mouth gets really dry from the clay and stuff and you always have a sandy-type taste in your month and you want to spit it out”.