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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/21/20

Four Yankee org members test positive; Yankees, Mets could head back to NYC; revisiting the 1995 ALDS

Daily Life In New York City Amid Coronavirus Outbreak Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images

New York Post | George A. King III: It was only a matter of time—this is how viral transmission works, after all. While select Yankees and staff work out in Florida, and the state grapples with a new peak in COVID-19 cases, four members of the organization tested positive for the virus this week. At least three of the four cases are non-players, but the ubiquity of the virus is the point, and MLB doesn’t have a good solution for that core problem as it discusses how to begin the 2020 season.

ESPN: As if to mock the above story, should the 2020 season ever begin in earnest, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York has given both the city’s baseball teams permission to resume workouts in their home boroughs. MLB has shut down all 30 spring training facilities, and a rise in positive cases among employees would threaten the season even more, perhaps rendering Cuomo’s decision moot.

Bleacher Report | Bob Klapisch: The Seattle Mariners are experiencing something of a cultural renaissance, with Jon Bois’ brilliant video history of the club and team icon Ken Griffey Jr. being featured prominently in EPSN’s Long Gone Summer 30 for 30. Now Klapisch revisits a time of elation for Mariners fans and pain for Yankee fans - the 1995 ALDS, ending on The Double, in the Kingdome, but for the Yankees, heralding the arrival of a new dynasty one year too early.