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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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Another Yankees Podcast Episode 4: Hunting and Gathering for Baseball

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.

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 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.

Episode 3: Living That Quarantine Life

Randy, Bobby, and Derek return for Episode 3 of the Views From 314ft Podcast. Despite living that quarantine life, the blog brothers jump right into the baseball news of the moment.

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 catching up on everyone’s well being.
  • [1:35] Discussion about Aaron Judge’s collapsed lung(!!!).
  • [9:54] An update on Giancarlo Stanton’s calf strain.
  • [13:20] We ponder if/when the MLB season will start and how the schedule may look if there is indeed baseball this year.
  • [19:35] The impact of an abbreviated season on service time and CBA negotiations.
  • [30:51] Will MLB try to change the playoff format this season?
  • [36:59] Mailbag question: Does a shortened season World Series victory mean as much in the history of the sport as a regular-length season World Series victory?
  • [44:08] Mailbag question #2: Which of these four players is most likely to be in a Yankees uniform five years from now? Least likely? Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, or Miguel Andújar.
  • [54:16] What does the outfield look like to start the 2020 season if everyone returns from injury prior to Opening Day?

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.

Episode 2: Keeping the Faith

Randy and Derek return for Episode 2 of the Views from 314ft podcast and look for some baseball-related positives that could come from the COVID-19 pandemic. Note that this episode was not recorded in studio in order to follow public guidance during this health crisis, so we apologize in advance for any drops in sound quality. We hope to be back in studio as soon as we can. Now, the episode notes:

  • [Open] Corona virus discussion, reaction to delay of season.
  • [10:58] A Yankees’ minor leaguer tested positive; how should the team/league respond and could this be a jumpoff point for improved treatment for minor leaguers?
  • [20:55] Discussion of the Daily News‘ Bradford William Davis piece on the negative impact Yankee Stadium’s surrounding neighborhood as a result of the season’s delay.
  • [29:00] How should the league handle playing venue contingencies and regular season scheduling?
  • [39:03] MLB’s opportunity to use 2020 as an experimental year for future postseason ideas.
  • [47:40] It’s not all terrible: the Yankees may be at full-strength come Opening Day.
  • [52:35] On the performance of guys like Tyler Wade, Gio Urshela, and DJ LeMahieu in spring training.
  • [55:55] Miguel Andújar’s camp, his work at first base and the outfield, and how season delay could be a good opportunity for him to work on his new positions.
  • [59:15] Should we be concerned about Gleyber Torres’s defense at shortstop?

We should be up on your favorite podcast publishers very soon — hopefully within a matter of days. Until then, we appreciate you listening while we’re still in the early stages of getting this thing off the ground. See you again next week.

Episode 1: 2019 is dead, long live 2019

Randy, Bobby, and Derek kick off the first episode of the Views from 314ft podcast to discuss (what else?) injuries and roster machinations. Here are this episode’s notes:

  • [4:45] Following the intro, general injury discussion
  • [5:43] Luis Severino had Tommy John Surgery. How did it come to this?
  • [15:27] Getting to the bottom of Aaron Judge’s mysterious rib stress fracture
  • [25:50] Moving away from injury talk, fifth starter discussion begins. Is Clarke Schmidt a better option than Michael King?
  • [33:30] On Deivi García’s readiness
  • [36:00] Discussion on Jonathan Loaisiga’s best fit
  • [42:40] Other rotation happenings: Jordan Montgomery’s velocity uptick has been a pleasant surprise and maybe JA Happ won’t be so bad?
  • [49:15] Breaking down the Yankees’ current outfield situation and depth
  • [57:25] Offseason regrets, namely Cameron Maybin

We will be on all major podcast distribution mediums within the next week or so — there’s a process we need to follow before we’re officially up and running on places like iTunes or Stitcher, so we appreciate your patience. Hope you enjoy our first episode as much as we did making it! We’ll be back again a week from today.

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