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Around the Empire: New York Yankees News - 1/9/14

Trenton coaching staff announced, Yoan Moncada update, A-Rod has to prove he can play, relievers in the Hall, and more!

The next first ballot Hall of Fame pitcher?
The next first ballot Hall of Fame pitcher?
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Chad Jennings | LoHud Yankees Blog: Jennings has a post detailing the Trenton Thunder coaching staff. He also has a tweet from friend of the blog Kiley McDaniel that the Yankees and Red Sox are the favorites for Yoan Moncada.

Cliff Corcoran | Sports Illustrated: Corcoran is impressed with the Yankees' resolve to play tough with Alex Rodriguez by not guaranteeing him at bats just because of his huge salary. I am less impressed by their willingness to give at bats to Stephen Drew.

Rob Neyer | Just a Bit Outside: Neyer is pretty confident that Mariano Rivera will be the next first ballot Hall of Fame pitcher, in 2019. But Neyer also looks at Billy Wagner and Trevor Hoffman to see how they rate out against other Hall of Fame relievers.

Max Weinstein | Hardball Times: Weinstein takes a look at how former Yankee Phil Hughes turned a better approach to his fastball usage into one of the most remarkable seasons in baseball history.

Associated Press | Apparently the fight between Yankee prospect Ty Hensley and former Weber State linebacker Anthony Morales began after too many drinks and then in an argument over signing bonuses. Glad it sounds like the 21-year old didn't suffer any neurological damage.