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Around the Empire - Yankees news: 9/26/20

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The Yankees will take an 11-18 road record to the Wild Card series; CC Sabathia explains his, well, “hate” towards Jackie Bradley; Judge has the second most popular jersey; Gleyber talks about his defense

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: As things stand right now, the Yankees will play the Wild Card series, which is a best-of-three set and the first round of the 2020 playoffs, on the road. That’s by virtue of not finishing among the four best records in the American League. The problem is that, before Friday’s contest against the Marlins, the Bombers were 21-7 at home and 11-18 as the visiting team. That could be problematic going forward.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: If you thought CC Sabathia had a powerful and bizarre personality... well, you were right. His latest quirkiness involves the Red Sox and why he “hated” outfielder Jackie Bradley for years. “I made up a beef with Jackie Bradley Jr. just so I can hate y’all,” the former Yankee pitcher said on his R2C2 podcast to guest Mookie Betts, who played for Boston until this year. Betts laughed and said he and Bradley didn’t know why CC would have those “feelings,” to which the lefty replied: “I think I walked him bases loaded on a 3-2 close pitch. And Aaron Boone (an analyst in the 2014 season, when it all happened) was doing the game. And he was like, ‘Oh my God, Jackie Bradley. This is so great. CC has lost it. (Masahiro) Tanaka is the ace now. Jackie Bradley just proved that.’ I just (expletive) lost it. Just hearing his name in that moment made me not like him.”

MLB.com: Despite spending most of the 2020 season on the injured list with a calf issue, Aaron Judge’s popularity was still evident among fans. According to a list released by MLB.com and Major League Baseball Players, Inc., Los Angeles DodgersMookie Betts had the most popular jersey by sales via MLBShop.com. Judge was second and Philadelphia Phillies’ slugger Bryce Harper finished third. You can see the full list by clicking on the link.

New York Post | Dan Martin: After making his eighth error of the season on Wednesday, an elevated number considering that he lost several weeks with quad and hamstring issues, Yankees’ shortstop Gleyber Torres adressed his defense. According to the Post, he refered to it as “regular, I guess,” during the 2020 season. But he explained that despite “a little struggle in the beginning [of the season],” he feels confident. “Errors are part of the game… I really don’t like to make errors, like I don’t like to strike out,” he stated.