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Around the Empire: Yankees News 5/25/15

Bernie, baseball in London, and other news

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NY Daily News | Mitch Abramson: The number retirement ceremony for Bernie Williams is probably too little to push the former center fielder back into the midst of the "Core Four" to the general public, but for the fans who recognize everything Bernie gave those teams- before, during, and after the championship run, it was a well deserved honor.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Vince Mercogliano: Bernie Williams may never see the Hall of Fame, but he's at home among the great Yankees center fielders. I certainly wouldn't try to put Bernie in a class with DiMaggio and Mantle, but his contribution to those dynasty teams seems as important as Ron Guidry or Phil Rizzuto (who, I know, really has his number retired as much for his broadcast career as for his playing career, but still). | Spencer Fordin: It must be hard to be the child of a celebrity, but it's certainly that much harder when you're trying to succeed at a thing that your father excelled at. So Mariano Rivera III must be thrilled to be the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. We can expect to hear Rivera's name called during the draft. For his sake, I almost hope it's not the Yankees who take him.

Fox Sports | Jon Paul Morosi: We don't know exactly when, but expect MLB to send some of its franchises to London and Mexico in the coming years to play some regular season "exhibition" games. Yankee fans will remember the 2004 season starting on the road in Japan- when Jason Giambi and Kevin Brown both picked up intestinal parasites that negatively impacted their performance for the rest of the year.

As one of (if not the) the most marketable franchises in the world, expect the Yankees to be stuck on some of those long plane rides.