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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 6/15/20

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MLB needs to make a decision on how to proceed with 2020 season; undrafted prospect Lessar achieves childhood dream, signs with Yanks; how short-sighted greed is tearing baseball apart.

2020 Major League Baseball Draft Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: The owners and players continue to be at a standstill, and the MLBPA has now given MLB an ultimatum, wanting to know by Monday if it will be implementing the shortened season that is within Rob Manfred’s power. It’s decision time for MLB, which needs to implement that shortened season or come back with a new proposal that the players will at least entertain.

Deseret News | Jay Drew: With the MLB Draft shortened to five rounds this year, there were a load of undrafted players looking to break into the bigs. Jarod Lessar, a pitcher from BYU, achieved that and a childhood dream by signing with the Yankees, the team he pulled for as a kid.

ESPN | Buster Olney: MLB had a chance to be in the sporting spotlight in early July, but it blew that, and now could blow a chance of generating much interest at all if this mandated shortened season is put into place. The owners continue to offer proposals that are too similar in nature to move the needle, and that greed is crippling the sport.