Randy, Bobby, and Derek welcome Matt to the show for Episode 4 of the Views From 314ft Podcast. There’s plenty to dissect this week even with no baseball being played as the league announced its plans for a potential 2020 season.
We are adhering to the shelter in place guidelines of New York State and recording remotely. We will be doing so for as long as the “shelter in place” order remains. We’re talking on Skype so we apologize in advance for any sound quality issues.
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- [Open] Introductions and a welcome to Matt, his first appearance on the pod
- [1:43] Overview and discussion of the MLB & MLBPA plan for 2020 season and the three requirements to get started. Since we had brief audio issues at the start of this segment, these are the three conditions:
- There are no bans on “mass gatherings that would limit the ability to play in front of fans”;
- There are no travel restrictions in place in the U.S. or in Canada; and,
- It is medically safe for players, fans, or staff.
- [18:50] After wrapping up a mostly pessimistic conversation about the likelihood of a season in 2020, the discussion quickly pivots to an alternate universe where baseball is being played: a check-in on the Strat-O-Matic Yankees.
- [20:07] Back to reality. The MLBPA scored a win in terms of obtaining service time for its members regardless of if any baseball is played this year. The group breaks down the ramifications of this for the Yankees and various players, including impending free agents like DJ LeMahieu and Brett Gardner.
- [35:29] The conversation moves to what the MLBPA and the owners agreed to do with the 2020 and 2021 amateur drafts. Surprise, surprise: it’s not what you want!
- [47:18] To wrap up the 2020 plan talk, a brief chat about playoff formats.
- [50:14] Last but not least: some Astros hate, because why not?
Again, we apologize for any sound quality issues. We’re making the most of a tough situation as all of you are. Please don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify and spread the word.
We hope you and your families remain safe and healthy. See you again next week.