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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 10/29/2018

Manny Machado can’t help but stir up controversy; John Sterling to call basketball game; Mo doesn’t feel like talking about HOF induction yet

World Series - Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Three Photo by Harry How/Getty Images | Mike Rosenstein: Manny Machado seems to think that the best way to drive up his market value is to assume the role of mega-heel. In his latest exploits, he appears to clip Boston first baseman Steve Pearce’s right heel with his left foot while running out a grounder in the ninth inning of Game Four of the World Series.

In my opinion, the play, even if it was intentional, isn’t nearly as egregious as Machado dragging his foot across Jesus Aguilar’s calf in the NLCS. However, in the context of the Aguilar play, I think that the scrutiny placed upon Machado’s rough play is completely understandable, if not somewhat well-deserved. That isn’t enough for me to rail against the Yankees pursuing Machado in the offseason, but the New York media frenzy that would certainly occur should Machado suit up in the pinstripes makes me leery just thinking about it.

New York Post | Mark W. Sanchez: Before he became radio announcer and purveyor of so-bad-they’re good home run calls for the Yankees, John Sterling’s trade was the NBA, doing play-by-play for the Long Island/New Jersey Nets from 1975-80 and the Atlanta Hawks from 1981-89. On December 16th, Sterling will reprise that role for a Nets-Hawks game on YES Network. I don’t follow the NBA, nor do I regularly listen to Sterling working games, but even I have to admit this is pretty cool. Here’s hoping Sterling calls three-pointers like he does home runs.

New York Post | George A. King III: In which Mariano Rivera gets asked about how it feels to be on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time and replies that he doesn’t really know since technically his name isn’t on the ballot yet. In a related story, today was not a great day for Yankees news. However, I think we can all agree that Mo’s induction will be freaking awesome. For more Mo content, check out PSA’s own Jake’s interview with the Yankee legend if you haven’t already.