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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/24/2020

MLB and union working on health protocols; Gerrit Cole’s activities in the months since spring; The top five GM’s in Yankee history

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NY Post | Ken Davidoff and Joel Sherman: Following Rob Manfred’s decision to impose a 60-game season, the player’s union and the league are working quickly to coordinate on the physical impediments still impacting the game. The league required the player’s union to notify them if a July 1st report date for spring training 2.0 would be possible, and to sign off on new rules put in place to attempt to stave off COVID-19 while the season kicks off. The first requirement passed, and the union is working with the league to make sure that all the proper procedures will be in place for everyone’s safety, however that will work. | Brendan Kuty: The offseason seems like a lifetime ago, but once upon a time the Yankees signed Gerrit Cole to be their new staff ace. The $324 million man got in a couple starts in pinstripes in spring, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen Cole in live action. In the meantime, he’s been busy preparing for the arrival of his first child, moving into a new mansion, working out with some of his new teammates, and more. | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees have been synonymous with winning, and to do that you have to put together some impressive rosters. It goes without saying that the flagship franchise has also had some excellent general managers running the show, and Hoch takes the time to place the best that the Yankees have ever had in their respective spots.