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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/27/20

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President Trump postpones his first pitch at Yankee Stadium after heavy backlash; Frazier catches tough break; Amazon won’t stream Yankees games

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CNN | Paul LeBlanc: President Donald Trump announced on Opening Day that he would throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium on August 15. Three days later, he walked that back, citing the coronavirus pandemic occupying his time. The President said he hopes to have an opportunity later in the season to visit the Bronx. Earlier in the week, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. strongly criticized the Yankees for inviting the President. De Blasio, in particular, noted the hypocrisy in the team protesting systemic racism and police brutality on the field, then welcoming Trump to their home.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees optioned Clint Frazier to the alternate spring training site following Saturday night’s game. The move came as a surprise, considering Frazier had an impressive summer camp. Aaron Boone called the decision “difficult” and noted that “Clint’s ready to be an impact player in this league. There’s no doubt in my mind.” Boone also acknowledged that Frazier is blocked by the outfield depth the Yankees have. It’s an unfortunate situation for the 25-year-old.

The Verge | Kim Lyons: Remember when Amazon acquired the rights to stream 21 Yankees games this year? The coronavirus pandemic threw a wrench into the plan. Due to the shortened season, Prime members won’t be able to stream any games in 2020. Amazon plans to review their options moving forward after the conclusion of the season.