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Here are a few quick links on the night before Brian Cashman once again rappels down a building.
• Remember today’s story that Mariano Rivera is having surgery on his vocal chords? He made the announcement while being honored by the Salvation Army.
• Remember when C.J. Wilson’s agent suggested he and the Yankees were going to have a second face-to-face meeting? It hasn’t happened yet, and Marc Carig reports that it’s still not scheduled. The Yankees are, at the very least, creating the impression that they’re not especially interested in Wilson.
• Cool stuff from our friend Sweeny Murti, who wrote about one of the Yankees rising stars, center fielder Mason Williams. From Sweeny’s story: Last week when an American League executive told me that Mason Williams is the second-best prospect in the Yankees organization behind Montero, I forwarded that evaluation to some of the Yankee higher-ups. One of them told me it was a fair statement, while another told me Williams could actually be better than Montero because of his potential as a Gold Glove centerfielder.
• Turns out Bobby Valentine approached David Cone about becoming the Red Sox pitching coach. Jack Curry reports that Cone is not expected to accept.
• Bernie Williams released a statement about his spot on the Hall of Fame ballot: “To know your name is on the Hall of Fame ballot means you were blessed to have a long and successful career. The voting is something I have no control over. I am very proud to have played my entire 16 year career for the New York Yankees, the best organization in baseball, and honored to have been part of so many amazing postseasons and four world championship teams”
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