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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/3/20

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A roundtable with black major-leaguers; the young Yankee arms; a farewell to Foley’s; revisiting the Steinbrenner-Winfield feud

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The Athletic | Ken Rosenthal & Doug Glanville: If there’s one message to take away from the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests we’ve seen around the world, it’s that we have a responsibility to lift up the voices of black people in our society. In this article, some of the most noteworthy black players in recent MLB history talk about their experiences with racism and police violence, keeping quiet in MLB, and their hopes for the future. Listen and reflect: these are the voices we need to follow right now. The Athletic has unlocked this article for all.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: One near-certainty of an accelerated 2020 will be expanded rosters, potentially forcing players in the minors to contribute at the major-league level before they’re ready. The Yankees boast a menagerie of talented young arms in the farm system that, even if they’re not 100% major league ready, should be able to contribute positively in a shortened season.

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: If you found yourself on Manhattan looking for the right atmosphere to watch a baseball game, you would be hard-pressed to do better than Foley’s. The bar on West 33rd boasted regulars deeply embedded within the game - players, umpires, beat writers. Sadly, Foley’s has been forced to close due to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Baseball in New York loses an institution, and Jaffe does a fine job eulogizing it here.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: All week, Sherman is covering the tumultuous 1990 season, that solidified the need for the Yankees to rebuild into the dynasty they’d become. Today’s installment explores the now-legendary feud between Yankee owner George Steinbrenner and star outfielder Dave Winfield.