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The Views From 314ft Podcast Episode 11: Baseball’s Social Contract

Randy and Matt join forces to dive into the comprehensive safety measures MLB is proposing to safely begin the season. Last week’s episode focused on the economic issues between the league and the players so this week we explore the more important concerns at hand.

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.

The podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher so please subscribe, drop a five-star rating, and spread the word. We are working on having the podcast on Stitcher as well. We hope this gives you some distraction from all the craziness in the world right now. Here are the episode notes:

[Introduction]: We say hello to blog brother Matt and discuss what we’re watching during the lockdown.

[5:17]: We jump into the first draft of the 67-page safety protocol plan MLB created to address a potential season during the coronavirus pandemic.

[43:09]: Will there be penalties if players don’t follow these protocols?

[51:45]: We discuss these protocols as a social contract between the league and the players.

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 to the pod and spread the word.

We hope you and your families remain safe and healthy. See you again next week.

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The Views From 314ft Podcast Episode 10: Grocery Shopping, Masks, and Labor Disputes.

Randy, Derek, and Matt join forces to discuss paranoia while grocery shopping, World War Z, and of course the re-opening plan from Major League Baseball. We delve into all of the economic ramifications and touch upon the safety requirements needed for a season to take place. We move on to the baseball side of things and debate whether the potential regional schedule helps or hurts the Yankees. The show ends with a discussion on the biggest threats to the Yankees winning the title in 2020.

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.

The podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify so please subscribe, drop a five-star rating, and spread the word. We are working on having the podcast on Stitcher as well. We hope this gives you some distraction from all the craziness in the world right now. Here are the episode notes:

[Introduction]: We say hello to the blog brothers Derek and Matt and discuss our grocery shopping and walking experiences while in lockdown.

[5:40]: We dig into the economic ramifications of the owner’s proposal for beginning the season.

[31:40]: Do the players have an obligation to provide fans entertainment at the risk of their health and safety?

[40:00]: Does the regional schedule help or harm the Yankees chances of winning a title?

[50:42]: How will player movement work in 2020?

[56:30]: The biggest threat to a Yankees championship in 2020.

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 to the pod and spread the word.

We hope you and your families remain safe and healthy. See you again next week.

UPDATE: The podcast is now available on Stitcher as well. Enjoy!

The Views From 314ft Podcast Episode 7: MLB’s Last Dance?

Randy and Matt join forces to discuss the latest developments on the coronavirus’ impact on MLB. What are the economic ramifications for MLB during the pandemic? Will the amateur draft face a new normal in upcoming years? Will there be minor league baseball this season? The Blog Brothers discuss those topics and ask if there is a major league team worthy of “The Last Dance” treatment.

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.

The podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify so please subscribe, drop a five-star rating and spread the word. We hope this gives you some distraction from all the craziness in the world right now. Here are the episode notes:

[Introduction]: Matt and Randy discuss their past week living the pandemic life.

[2:45]: Which MLB team could get “The Last Dance” treatment?

[9:30]: MLB gives their teams the green light to furlough employees if necessary starting May 1.

[18:25]: How will the economics crunch impact the way teams approach the draft?

[21:00]: What is the future outlook for the amateur draft?

[30:40]: Will we have a minor league season?

[36:23]: Will teams be forced to sell off parts to help balance lost revenue?

[47:17]: Who are some of the potential buyers to take advantage of the trade market?

[53:15]: Searching for content.

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.

The Views From 314ft Podcast Episode 6: A Conversation With Sophia Chang

Randy, Bobby, and Derek join forces for Episode 6 of the Views From 314ft Podcast. We’re joined by artist and pop culture influencer Sophia Chang. Sophia was commissioned along with nineteen other artists and influencers to reimagine twenty iconic Topps baseball cards. Sophia’s first card to release is the 1992 Mariano Rivera card. We discuss how Sophia became a part of the Topps 2020 project, the process behind the design and the importance of MLB intersecting with pop culture.

Following our great conversation with Sophia, we discuss the potential MLB plans for starting the regular season in Arizona. We then jump into another plan for the season to take place in both Florida and Arizona. We end the show talking about MLB in…Japan?

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.

The podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify so please subscribe, drop a five-star rating and spread the word. We hope this gives you some distraction from all the craziness in the world right now. Here are the episode notes:

[Introduction] We say hello to the blog brothers and meet Sophia Chang

[6:05] Arriving at Mariano Rivera as the choice for her first card.

[8:00] Exploring how storytelling influences Sophia’s specific visual approach.

[16:30] The intersectionality between pop culture, street culture and baseball.

[19:45] What went into the choice of choosing the Mariano quote featured on the card.

[21:00] The interesting dynamic of a vibrant and energetic baseball card to represent an era in Yankees baseball not known for their personality.

[25:00] Discussing Sophia’s Jackie Robinson card.

[26:56] What generations of baseball fans have given the most feedback on Sophia’s cards.

[29:30] Does baseball need to establish more partnerships with pop culture?

[38:59] We discuss MLB’s potential plan of holding the regular season in Arizona with the players under quarantine.

[50:23] Bob Nightengale suggested another regular season plan. This one calls for realignment according to team spring training site locations. We discuss the potential of this one sticking.

[57:10] Japan???

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.

The Views From 314ft Podcast Episode 5: Raising Arizona?

Randy, Bobby, and Matt join forces for Episode 5 of the Views From 314ft Podcast. There is still plenty to dissect this week even with no baseball being played as we get more details on the possibility of regular season games in Arizona, potential realignment ideas and a future Yankee trade target.

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.

The podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify so please subscribe, drop a five-star rating and spread the word. We hope this gives you some distraction from all the craziness in the world right now. Here are the episode notes:

  • [Open] Introductions and how everyone is dealing with the quarantine.
  • [7:05] We discuss the Ken Rosenthal article (sub. required) detailing the idea of the players starting the season under quarantine in Arizona.
  • [27:30] The blog brothers discuss Matt’s article on potential realignment options if MLB really wanted to get crazy in the near future.
  • [46:55] We transition to a conversation about a potential Yankees trade for Francisco Lindor and we wonder if there are other big name trade targets the Yankees can pursue if the 2020 season is cancelled. This was inspired by a post in Mike Axisa’s patreon.

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.

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