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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/21/20

The Yankees are officially playoff bound; Tigers considering Marcus Thames for managerial position?; fan enters Fenway in worrisome scene; longtime MLB scout passes away

New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: For the fourth straight year and the 22nd time in 26 years, the Yankees are headed to the playoffs. They may have lost yesterday, but the Mariners’ loss to the Padres means the Yankees are officially in. It’s been a bit of a wild ride for this team, from the offseason hype after the Gerrit Cole signing, to the losing run that saw them nearly drop out of the playoffs, to the 10-game winning streak that propelled them over the line. | Mike Rosenstein: Tigers’ manager Ron Gardenhire announced his retirement due to health-related reasons on Saturday, and rumors about his replacement have already begun to circulate. One of the potential candidates is current Yankees’ hitting coach Marcus Thames, who played with the Tigers from 2004 to 2009.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: An odd scene played out in Sunday’s Yankees-Red Sox game when a fan climbed into Fenway Park and threw a hat and another object onto the field from an area beyond center field. Everything seems to have ended up fine, however.

ESPN: There was some sad news in the baseball world on Saturday when longtime scout Gary Hughes passed away at the age of 79. Hughes spent several years with the Yankees and his son Sam currently works in scouting for the team as the organization’s national crosschecker.