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Around the Empire: New York Yankees News 2/16/15

Jackie Robinson in the Grapefruit League, minor league pay for coaches, Andy Pettitte's date with Monument Park, and more.

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New York Post | George King III: The Yankees are going to retire Andy Pettitte's number in a ceremony in August. I'm not surprised, but I would have given Andy a plaque now and waited a few more years to retire #46.

New York Times | Michael Beschloss: A really enlightening long essay about Jackie Robinson's first Spring Training with the Dodgers, and the Grapefruit League's legacy in overcoming the racism of mid-century Florida.

New York Times | Tyler Kepner: A calendar of ridiculous ideas that probably won't happen across MLB this year.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Jennings considers the Yankees' alternatives for 5th starter. It's be interesting to see how the Yanks' rotation plays out as the season goes on. Can we just start the season already.

Fangraphs | David Laurila: While Laurila doesn't get anyone to go on the record, he offers an interesting snapshot of the state of pay for minor league coaches. There's been a lot of attention on the lousy pay for minor league players lately, and deservedly so given the rising pay at the big league level, but MLB has a lot of progress to make before I imagine Double-A coaches getting a bigger share of the pie.