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Yankees keep it light before spring opener

Club enjoys day filled with leadership exercises, improvisation games
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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees' final afternoon before the Grapefruit League opener was filled with improvisation games and leadership exercises, as Aaron Boone's players moved off the diamond on Thursday and shared laughs in a pavilion area of George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Yankees' Spring Training information

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees' final afternoon before the Grapefruit League opener was filled with improvisation games and leadership exercises, as Aaron Boone's players moved off the diamond on Thursday and shared laughs in a pavilion area of George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Yankees' Spring Training information

The annual activity involved Yankees players, coaches, field staff and front office baseball operations personnel, and was led by Steve Shenbaum, an actor, comedian and founder of the Bradenton, Fla.-based "game on Nation."

Shenbaum has worked with the Yankees in the past, most recently having been summoned to Spring Training in 2016 by former manager Joe Girardi.

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Boone has said that he considers it a priority to build a positive clubhouse atmosphere during his first spring at the helm.

"Hopefully, I'm a part of what I believe is a winning culture, but also a culture where guys are at ease, where guys are allowed to be themselves," Boone said. "When you walk into our clubhouse, it's not a stressful place.

"It's a place where guys are at work and enjoy coming there to do their job, and hopefully, I'm part of helping create that atmosphere."

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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