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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/24/20

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Inside Luke Voit’s MVP-caliber season; Why the Yankees should re-sign Masahiro Tanaka; Domingo Germán will not pitch in 2020

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ESPN | Marly Rivera: Luke Voit is a success story for the Yankees, and now he’s beginning to receive national attention as a potential MVP candidate. In this feature piece, Voit talks about his rise to prominence, from a personable slugger blocked by All-Stars in St. Louis, to how he felt when he was acquired by the Yankees, to the mechanical and analytical adjustments he made in pinstripes.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Believe it or not, there is a chance that last night was Masahiro Tanaka’s final regular season start as a New York Yankee. His contract is up at season’s end, and after seven productive and mostly healthy years with the Yankees, there seems to be no reason for either party to want to separate. Tanaka will turn 32 in a month, and will assume his familiar role as the Yankees’ number 2 starter in the postseason.

SNY | Scott Thompson: One player the Yankees will not see in the playoffs is Domingo Germán, whose suspension ends at the conclusion of the regular season. Aaron Boone reiterated hope that Germán could be a part of the 2021 team, but said that the team does not think he is ready to pitch in the playoffs after having been suspended for the entire season. Germán has been serving an 81-game suspension since last September for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy.