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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/22/2020

Yankees dealing with postseason bubble concerns; Chapman may not deal with his suspension this year; Yankees quietly celebrate postseason berth; Voit and LeMahieu are team’s MVP candidates

New York Yankees Introduce Gerrit Cole Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images | Randy Miller: The Yankees have to deal with a bubble environment for the postseason, but that extends beyond the main roster. All of the team’s taxi squad players and the members of the organization at the alternative site will also need to be quarantined and live away from their families for up to six weeks, and that’s not a popular position for those guys to be in. Plenty of players have opted out of the postseason according to Brian Cashman, citing a lack of clarity on whether they’d have a shot at making the roster at all or if they’d get postseason shares as to why they’d rather go home.

NY Post | George A. King III: Aroldis Chapman earned a three-game suspension a while back for throwing near the head of a Rays player, but he hasn’t served it yet since he is appealing it. Apparently, MLB is having trouble finding witnesses to account in the appeal, and thus Chapman may end up dealing with the issue in 2021 instead. | Bryan Hoch: There wasn’t a typical champagne celebration in the clubhouse for the Yankees this year after clinching a spot in the postseason. Instead, the team tipped some glasses in the lobby of their hotel after having already moved out to Buffalo for their next series. An unusual celebration, but these are unusual times, after all.

ESPN: ESPN’s posted their weekly power rankings, but they’ve also included each team’s MVP candidate. Unsurprisingly, Luke Voit and DJ LeMahieu headline the Yankees’ candidates, but Gerrit Cole’s contributions are a dark horse for the conversation.