Housekeeping Updates as the New Season Begins: Coverage, Mailbag, and Perspective

We last gave a housekeeping update in early February, which was somehow only four and a half months ago. I don’t believe it either. A ton has changed since then, but team practices are resuming this weekend. (They’re actually calling it Summer Camp, believe it or not.) That means it’s a good time to hit on the basics again.

But first…old friend Melky Cabrera signed with the Mets yesterday. The Melk Man is still in the league, believe it or not, and that’s an excuse to watch this play of yesteryear:

I love everything about this, from Damon’s reaction to Manny’s exasperated stare of disbelief. It never gets old. Anyway, onto the housekeeping stuff.

Spring Training Summer Camp

Camp is set to begin this weekend, and we’ll do what we were doing for Spring Training: providing daily updates on the biggest news of the day. See here for an operative example. It’s probably going to be weird – who knows what kind of access reporters will get given the pandemic – so there may be less to go on, but we’ll see. The point is that we’ll do our best to provide regular news updates to keep you up-to-speed. How that will actually materialize remains to be seen.

The Usual

It may have been a while, but things haven’t changed that much around here. It’s going to be a strange season, if it even happens at all, but we’ll continue to do everything we normally do to keep you up-to-date on all things Yankees. We’ll continue the following familiar features:

I was looking forward to taking over DoTF in Steven’s absence this year, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be. If there is Minor League Baseball this year, we’ll keep you posted just like we would have – but, again, this is not a usual year, so we’ll see.

The Mailbag

I bring up the mailbag as it’s own little blurb here because, well, I stopped doing it for a while. There just wasn’t that much baseball to talk about! Weird, right? It’ll be back starting this Friday as usual, so please send in your questions to viewsfrom314 [at] gmail [dot] com. We’ll choose our favorites each week, and those that don’t make the website might get covered on the podcast.

Finally, I’d be remiss to note that this is not a normal season, and that’s not just because of the fact that it’ll be shortened. The context in which the season will proceed is obviously one that is unique in baseball history, and we can’t (and won’t) ignore that. Eireann Dolan had a good thread on this on Twitter the other day, which you can see here:

She raises a ton of good points, and while we’re just a lowly blog, we all will do our best to cover this season with the proper perspective while still covering the day-to-day operations of all things Yankees. If we fail in that balance, please keep us accountable.

It’s going to be a weird season (if it’s a season at all), but we’re excited to follow it with you. Go Yankees.


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The obligatory 30-man roster speculation post


  1. Coronaveddardus

    I woulda signed Melky just to keep him away from the next juggernaut, the New York Mets. They’ve got Dellin, they’ve got Melky, they’ve got Robbie, they’ve got everything we don’t. The Mets are definitely our biggest threat this season and the shortened schedule just makes the games with them even more meaningful.

    Cover the camp, cover the mailbag and I’d even get into the election and especially the culture wars since there’s so much overlap with baseball. Mike used to say talk about anything except religion and politics but this is America and we’ll do whatever the hell we want even if it kills us, and it is killing us.

    One thing to look out for this year is a .400 hitter. I think DJ has a real shot to do it and it will be in the record books for the rest of time just like it was a normal season.

  2. Bold suggestion: Just cover baseball like baseball. Limit the “fundamentally different” to places where it’s truly relevant. I’m really looking for something that approximates normal after being barraged by “fundamentally different” since late winter. This might be a good place to start. Just my opinion, of course.

    • Mungo

      Agreed. All issues and changes should be covered, but this is still baseball and this is a baseball blog. Cover it, but don’t force it.

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