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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/27/19

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Yankees pitchers believe they had a winning staff; Suzyn Waldman hasn’t watched this World Series over Astros controversy; Chapman wins AL Reliever of the Year.

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New York Post | Dan Martin: There’s been a lot of discussion about whether the Yankees have a good enough staff to compete for a World Series, and while they certainly will look to upgrade if they can, the guys in the locker room feel confident that they have quality pieces already. Brian Cashman said that the staff wasn’t at fault for the ALCS exit, instead laying the blame on the Yankees’ poor at-bats in critical situations with runners on.

New York Daily News | Dennis Young: The Astros have been dealing with a story that’s threatened to overshadow the World Series they’re participating in. The team is floundering through the fallout from the comments made by former executive Brandon Taubman, directed loudly at a female reporter as the Astros celebrated their ALCS win over the Yankeses. Yankees broadcaster Suzyn Waldman weighed in on the situation, condemning the Astros for lying to the public to attempt to save face and damage a young woman’s career. As a result, Waldman hasn’t tuned in at all to the World Series as it plays out in protest.

ESPN: Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was awarded the 2019 American League reliever of the year title by a committee of former players. The American League version of the award is named after legendary Yankee closer Mariano Rivera, and Mo was among the panelists for the vote. Chapman was rewarded with the title after another consistently strong season, finishing with at least 25 saves for the seventh straight year.