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Around the Empire: Yankees news — 5/23/2020

A healthy James Paxton has been working on his fastball’s spin rate; Yankees planning to hold “spring” training in Florida; Aaron Judge’s girlfriend arrested for DUI back in February; MLB to send new proposal to MLBPA next week

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New York Post | George A. King III: While rehabbing from his winter back surgery, Yankees starter James Paxton has been working on improving his fastball. Aided by advanced technology during his bullpen sessions in Wisconsin, he has altered his grip, utilizing less pressure from his thumb in order to increase his spin rate. A healthy Paxton to start the shortened season would be a big boon for the Yankees rotation, and an improved one would be icing on the cake.

Newsday | Tim Healey: According to sources, should the season get the go-ahead to begin, the Yankees intend to begin “spring” training in Florida at their spring training complex, not in Yankee Stadium. While this has its benefits — most notably the lower rates of COVID-19 pandemic rates — the need to prepare safety regulations at two stadiums and unpredictable Florida summer weather conditions could throw some wrenches into the Yankees’ plans. Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Tyler Wade, J.A. Happ, and DJ LeMahieu will likely not complain about this arrangement, however — they have still been training in Tampa.

TMZ: It’s not baseball news, but it is news related to the Yankees. Apparently Aaron Judge’s girlfriend Samantha Bracksieck was arrested in February for DUI, and TMZ acquired the video of the police video.

Lastly, I don’t have a link to an article about it, but there is some news about the potential to start up the season. Evan Drellich of The Athletic tweeted that Major League Baseball will be presenting a new economic proposal to the Player’s Association next week: