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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/19/21

Yankee Stadium to open at 20 percent; Jay Bruce’s impressive spring; Frazier no fan of Dunedin; Which spring stats matter?

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ESPN: New York governor Andrew Cuomo approved a plan to allow the Yankees and Mets 20 percent capacity in-person attendance at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field in April. There are a number of details still to be worked out, but attendees will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, and wear masks. Outdoor, distanced gatherings are the safest kind of get-togethers, and hopefully risks will be managed appropriately and not come second to gate revenues.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: With just a couple open roster spots, the race to break camp with the Yankees is red-hot. Jay Bruce, one of the veterans competing for a bench role, has impressed brass and fans alike with power and better-than-expected defense in exhibition play. Bruce’s lefty bat and potential ability to play three positions could give him an inside track on a backup role.

New York Post | Dan Martin: The Blue Jays’ facility in Dunedin has won wide praise for its state-of-the-art development labs, workout sites, and general aesthetic. It will also serve as the home of the major league club for at least the start of the 2021 season, but at least one player isn’t thrilled. Yankee outfielder Clint Frazier criticized the main ball field for lacking a third deck and reflecting too much sunlight, conditions that major-league players aren’t usually prepared for.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris: We usually try to avoid paywalling stories here, but Eno’s piece from yesterday is too good to ignore. Some people completely write off spring training stats, but there are some that are meaningful and actually fairly predictive of a player’s regular season performance. Sarris gives six examples in this piece, and if you are a subscriber, they’re six metrics for you to watch as the Yankees get back to practice games this week.