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Opening Day and a Look Ahead to 2022

Happy Opening Day, everyone. It’s one of the best days of the year, every year, no matter how we may feel about the offseason. That’s all ancient history, except for one day. And I’m glad that today, not yesterday, is Opening Day – it’s a gorgeous, sunny, and warm day in New York. A perfect day to watch the Yankees beat the Red Sox.

With the season now upon us, it’s time for our regular housekeeping post about what to expect from Views this season. It will be a little bit different around here, as many of you have likely noticed already. Derek and his wife welcomed their daughter last week, Randy is in the final stages of The Captain for ESPN, Matt is regularly shaping young minds, and I am balancing my own professional responsibilities.

But Views is here to stay. Our passion hasn’t gone anywhere – just our time. That means we won’t really have the space or ability to write daily takeaways of each of the games. These take too much time. In the process, they soak up our ability to write the other features we find more valuable.

So we are just revamping things a bit, so it will look a bit like this, with an average of a post or two a day:

  • Our usual recurring features: An overall thoughts post/analysis, the mailbag, and the newly-added live chat.
  • In-Depth Analysis: We’ll be doing our usual standalone trend pieces and player analysis. Last year, a lot of this analysis got buried in-game recaps (at least mine did), and this year we’d like to bring it out as their own unique articles.
  • A Weekly DoTF Recap: As with the takeaways, the daily DoTF takes too much time if we want to keep the other gears turning. We will replace it with a weekly feature to keep everyone apprised of the latest developments at every level.
  • Breaking News Reaction: In the event of breaking news, we’ll be covering that in real-time. An example: if, say, Aaron Judge were to sign an extension today.
  • The Podcast: Randy and the team are in the process of standing the podcast back up, which will be back in action perhaps as soon as next week. That will be a weekly feature as well.

I am very excited about the 2022 Yankees. There’s a lot I would have done differently, but I actually do think they’re going to make some noise. Now it’s time to find out. And Views will be here with you, even if it looks a bit different this year. Let’s go Yanks.

Dillon Lawson’s Introduction Demonstrates He Knows What Went Wrong with the Yankee Offense

When Dillon Lawson, the Yankees’ new hitting coach, addressed the media for the first time yesterday, his professed offensive philosophy to “hit strikes hard” seemed obvious. Lawson himself admitted that this is “not complicated”, and it’s true: it is basic reasoning. But that does not mean it is bad reasoning. Quite the contrary, in fact.

The Yankees’ offense, despite the fact it is loaded with big name sluggers, was decidedly pedestrian in the 2021 campaign. The Bombers scored just 711 runs last year (4.3 per game), which ranked 19th in the game. Their 18.2 fWAR as an offensive unit was 16th. As we noted in an offseason roundup, their Statcast wOBA was barely above league average. And on and on.

While you can peel the onion back a layer to find plenty of encouraging signs, the hard facts are the same: the offense was bad, and it really hurt the Yankees. Diagnosing and solving a broken offense will be Lawson’s biggest challenge next year – and his comments yesterday demonstrate that he already understands the biggest issue.

Mailbag: Did the Yankees Miss their Championship Window?

Happy Tuesday, everyone. It’s a cold and dreary Tuesday several weeks into the lockout, and there really isn’t that much to talk about. I can’t really remember a time I’ve cared less about baseball than I do right now, and I think the same is true for many of us. Oh well. Not much we can do about i.

Anyway, it’s time for a mailbag – at least an abbreviated one. We got a bunch of questions this week but I wanted to spend more time on one question in particular, because I think it gets to the heart of so much Yankee fan anxiety these days. We’ll get to the others next week, and if you want to send your own question in, shoot us an email at To the question!

Mailbag: Who is the Best NYY Middle Reliever of All-Time?

Happy Monday, folks. Another week without baseball or even any baseball news. Love that for us! To hold us over, let’s do a mailbag, shall we? A bunch of fun questions this week tackled below. As always, if you’d like to be included in a future edition, send us your questions to We choose our favorites each week and answer them on Mondays.

To the questions!

Mailbag: Correa, Andrus, Contract Structures

Happy Monday, all. As Derek noted last week, we’re moving the mailbag feature to Mondays moving forward. It helps kick the week off on the right foot, you know? Anyway, the first few weeks of the offseason are always relatively quiet, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t news for the obsessives. The Yankees made a flurry of 40-man roster moves and marginal changes, so check out Derek and I’s recaps of each here, here, and here. That will likely be the end of it for a while.

So, to fill the dead air, let’s get to some mailbag questions. As you can imagine, most of these relate to shortstops. If you have a question to submit, please do so by mid-day Sunday. Send us a note at We choose our favorites each week.

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