Just a few notes and links while Game 4 of the ALCS continues in Detroit…
• We’ve known for a while that the Yankees are likely to bring back pitching coach Larry Rothschild. Now Mark Feinsand says the deal is basically done, and an announcement could come soon.
• The Alex Rodriguez appeal hearing resumed today in Manhattan, which meant another flock of A-Rod supporters gathered outside of the MLB offices this morning. The Daily News reports that MLB COO Rob Manfred is expected to testify during the hearing, explaining how the league came up with 211 games as its punishment.
• If you’re looking for more of a non-baseball A-Rod scandal: Apparently there’s a new book coming out that will be full of accusations and outlandish stories from Rodriguez’s New York apartment building.
• As for actual baseball stuff, there’s plenty of speculation that Brian McCann could be a Yankees free agent target this offseason, and a general manager told ESPN New York that it’s possible McCann could get as much as six years and $100 million from someone. We’ll see.
• Over at River Ave. Blues, Mike Axisa takes a look at the Yankees upcoming 40-man crunch. A lot of players coming off the 40-man this winter, but the Yankees also have a lot of holes to fill and a lot of potential Rule 5 picks to protect.
• In the upcoming documentary about his career and retirement, Mariano Rivera explains that he’s fully prepared for whatever comes next. “Mentally and physically, I’m ready for it,” he said, during a filmed conversation with Red Sox DH David Ortiz.
• It’s October 16, which makes this the 10-year anniversary of Aaron Boone’s walk-off home run in the 2003 ALCS. Christian Red looks back at one of the most memorable Yankees moments of all time.
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