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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/25/21

Yankees should flex their financial muscles more; DJ a victim of the juiced ball?; Yankee fans were worried about the wrong things

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New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Another day, another story about the baseball. DJ LeMahieu has had a disappointing season, especially in the power department, where his ISO has fallen more than 50 points from his first two seasons in pinstripes. Skipper Aaron Boone blamed the de-juiced baseball for the second baseman’s decline, and while he’s not wrong, the Yankees still have to find ways to put runs on the board down the stretch, regardless of the state of the ball itself.

NBC Sports | John Tomase: You can’t really say the Yankees have gone cheap in recent years when they’ve run top tier payrolls consistently, but it’d be fair to critique them for being obsessed with value, potentially to a fault. Yet despite accusations of “buying championships”, I think we all agree that the Yankees, and the sport as a whole, is better when they’re big spenders.

New York Magazine | Joe DeLessio: It’s funny the reasons you worry about as a fan. At the start of the season, Yankee fans were likely worried about the health of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, and the performance of the starting rotation. Instead, the Yankees two big sluggers have carried the lineup, and the rotation, even though the names in it haven’t been quite what we expected, has been one of the five best in baseball.