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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/4/2020

Torres an MVP candidate of the future; Buck on the state of Yankees broadcasts; What we may have missed in April; Good Guy A-Rod

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New York Post | George A. King III: How does Gleyber Torres go from All Star caliber to MVP candidate? According to King, the easiest path is above-average power with good defense at shortstop. We’ve seen the former from the Yankee youngster, but improving his middling defense will be a key to the next step in his development. | Bob Klapisch: Buck Showalter impressed many Yankee fans with his time in the YES booth and desk analysis. It’s hard to argue he’s not a great baseball mind, at least until you need to use a closer on the road. Showalter expects to expand his time with YES whenever Yankee broadcasts pick up again, despite his skepticism at the notion of a “normal” season being possible in 2020.

Sports Illustrated | Max Goodman: What did we learn about the Yankees in April? Not much! The lack of games, practice or any real news spurred a series of simulations and projections, a couple of which SI has been following for the entire month. The biggest plus to a lost month is the time players like Aaron Judge and James Paxton needed to heal injuries, and both will hopefully be ready to go if and when an abbreviated season starts up.

Newsday | Laura Albanese: The Alex Rodriguez Goodwill Tour continued as the former Yankee great surprised doctors at Stony Brook University Hospital with a Zoom call. A-Rod’s been a very public face of support during the COVID-19 pandemic, auctioning off memorabilia and raising awareness about proper social protocol. This time, he decided to get a little more personal with a group of Yankee fans on the front lines of the pandemic.