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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/24/20

Gio Urshela’s encore; how to broadcast in an empty stadium; previewing the Yankee bullpen.

Major League Baseball Suspends Spring Training Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

New York Post | George A. King III: Gio Urshela was the epitome of the 2019 #NextManUp movement, as he went from minor league fodder to a 130 wRC+ impact bat. Gio was all set to stick at third base for the time being in 2020, and whenever a season kicks off, he’ll be looked at to continue a hockey stick-shaped career trajectory. The only questions are whether he can maintain the changes he made a year ago after pitchers adjust and he’s been out of the game because of COVID-19.

New York Daily News | Bob Raissman: Whenever the 2020 season gets going, it’s almost certain to include empty stadiums to start. This presents a major challenge to broadcasters used to modulating their volume with the roar of the crowd - especially at ballparks that can get as loud as Yankee Stadium. While there have been suggestions to pipe in fake noise, it’ll likely be up to each commentator to fill a sonic space that should otherwise include Bleacher Creatures.

Newsday | Erik Boland: A hallmark of the Yankees for most of this century has been their relief corps, perennially among the game’s best. It’s also the most expensive in MLB, but the Yankees have shown a commitment to spending where they see the most value. High-octane arms like Aroldis Chapman, Tommy Kahnle and Adam Ottavino pair well with Zack Britton, perhaps the most valuable tool in the bullpen, and the squad should still be near the top of MLB’s pecking order in 2020.