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Yankees To Sign Crystal?

According to, the Yankees are closing in on a minor league deal with a one day invitation to Spring Training with utility man Billy Crystal. "I've been waiting 50 years for this call," Crystal said in a statement released by the team. "I'm overwhelmed by the generosity of the Yankees and commissioner Selig. I know this'll be tougher than the Broadway Softball League, but I'm looking forward to helping the younger players, which by the way is all of them. Oops, I have to go, Scott Boras is on the phone." Crystal, who hit .348 at Long Beach High School, will bring more veteran leadership to a young clubhouse. Although he has not racked up the innings on the field, he directed the movie 61, the story about Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, so his knowledge of Yankee history and tradition cannot go overlooked. This is a low risk contract with high reward, and I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out for them.