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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/23/20

MLBPA rejects offer, MLB imposes season; developing prospects in the time of COVID; why Ken Griffey Jr. never wanted to be a Yankee; Manny Banuelos heads to Taiwan.

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ESPN: By a margin of 33-5, the MLBPA voted down the most recent proposal from MLB. Owners will now unilaterally impose a season, which Ken Rosenthal reports will run for 60 games. They will wait for players to answer two logistical questions before opening camp spring training 2.0, and then the 2020 season.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: The pandemic has put a hold on a vast majority of things on the baseball world. It has also made it difficult for teams to develop their prospects, so here is a look at some of the ways teams have tried to do that with so many players in so many different places.

CBS Sports | Chris Bengel: As part of a MLB Network documentary on the Hall of Famer, Ken Griffey Jr. revealed the source of a grudge he held against the Yankees. It dates back to an incident when Griffey’s father was a member of the Yankees and his son attempted to visit Griffey Sr. in the dugout before a game. Apparently a security guard said George Steinbrenner didn’t want anyone in the dugout and told Griffey Jr. to get back in the clubhouse, despite Graig Nettles’ son being on the field. After that, the younger Griffey vowed to never play for the team.

CBS Sports: Former Yankees top prospect Manny Banuelos is headed to Taiwon to play in the CPBL. After being released by the Mariners back in May, ManBan will now try to get his career headed in a better direction as a member of the Fubon Guardians.