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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/8/20

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Levine credits his “patriots,” A doctor’s take on Aaron Judge’s injury, J-Rod ceases Mets bidding

Romeo Santos’ “Formula, Vol 2” Album Release Press Conference Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

SNY | Scott Thompson: Yankees president Randy Levine is not only confident that Major League Baseball will return, he sees it as a necessity. Calling his players “patriots” who “want to” resume play, Levine conceded that the season will likely have to begin with no fans, but he still believes that fans could return at some point in 2020. No matter if you agree with that or not, he’s right in saying that baseball will be much-appreciated when it returns.

“Baseball has stepped up in troubled times to be a leader,” Levine said. “We’re used to it. It’s a distraction. It’s comforting to people. It comes with the rhythm of their life.”

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: The time off from the suspended season has helped a lot of injured players heal, but Aaron Judge still might not be ready to play if the season was to start tomorrow. A doctor explains in this piece why Judge’s injury, a stress fracture in his first rib, is so rare and hard to diagnose. Under his opinion, Judge still shouldn't be swinging a bat until the area is completely healed.

New York Post | Thornton McEnery: The possibility of Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez owning the Mets appears to be over. The deal fell apart in negotiations, in large part because of the Wipons’ reluctance to sell the Mets’ regional sports network, SportsNet New York (SNY), along with the team. Billionaire investor Wayne Rothbaum recently bowed out, leaving J-Rod short on the cash needed for the purchase. Alas, our dream of a division featuring A-Rod and Derek Jeter’s teams competing 20 times a year, or a Subway Series featuring the Steinbrenner family vs. J-Rod, will have to rest.