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The State of the Blog

As you may have noticed, the frequency of posts here at Views has declined significantly over the last month or so. On Opening Day, we outlined our plans for 2022 season coverage, which noted reduced content this season for various reasons. Unfortunately, even that plan was too ambitious.

This isn’t the end of Views, at least, not yet. We’re going to keep the site running until at least next February — we’ve prepaid the server costs through then already — but we don’t want to make any promises regarding the extent of our coverage or what happens beyond February 2023. Whether it’s one post or multiple articles a week remains to be seen. At the very least, our Twitter account will remain pretty active.

My personal goal is to write one post per week, similar to what Matt does. I know I was writing a bit more often than that even after my daughter was born, but I think I was running on adrenaline. Doing DoTF, the chat, and one other post a week simply wasn’t sustainable for me.

So, that’s where things stand. We’ll do our best to keep things going, but again, our time is very limited. As always, we appreciate all the support you’ve given us over the years, and we hope you stick with us through quieter times.

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.

A VF314 Programming Update

Good morning, everyone. We have a quick update for you as 2021 winds down: there won’t be much activity at the blog until the new year. There’s absolutely nothing going on regarding the Yankees at the moment, and there won’t be much to talk about for at least the next couple of weeks. We’ll return with our regular programming in January, but for the time being, here’s what you can expect from us:

  • Our next live chat will be tomorrow at noon eastern. This will remain a weekly feature on Wednesdays.
  • The podcast is on hiatus until things get moving again. Given the holidays and lack of CBA news, there’s really nothing to discuss. Hopefully, January will provide for more topics.
  • Please send your mailbag questions to viewsfrom314 at gmail dot com. We may bring a new edition next Monday, but if not, it will return in January.
  • If any of us do get the writing itch on any other topics, we won’t hesitate to post them. No guarantees, though.

Hope you all have a happy and healthy new year. Speak to you soon.

Views Grows & Welcomes New Writers

Friends, a new season is upon us. As you know, we were looking for new writers to join our team. We are very happy to say that we found them – but before we make the formal introductions, let us just pause to say that we are humbled by the number of applications you all sent us. We cannot thank you all enough for taking the time to write a sample and send it to us.

But now on to the new team members, and we are thrilled to be bringing aboard four new writers to the Views team. All of our new friends bring something unique to the table. In alphabetical order, they are:

  • Jaime Acevedo (@JaimeDavid3010) is new to sportswriting. He will bring all sorts of statistical insight to the Views team, including scouting the trade and free agent markets, current player trends, and everything in between.
  • Ana Apostoleris (@AnaMariana42) returns to the sportswriting game with us. We’ve known Ana for a while and know she will bring sharp insights about the current Yankees. She will also write in-depth historical perspective pieces.
  • Rohan Arcot (@rohanarcot20) joins us by way of Bronx Pinstripes, where he has been a contributor for a while. You can see his archives here. Rohan will bring a ton of good stuff about the Yankees’ pitchers, their arsenals, the Yankee farm system, and cover the draft for us.
  • Domenic Lanza (@DomenicLanza) returns to us from RiverAveBlues, from which most of you probably remember him. Dom will bring us the same toolset he brought the fine folks at RAB. He will be writing statistical analysis and prospect-related stuff.

We encourage all of you to throw them all a follow on Twitter and give them a hearty welcome to the Views team. They will help take our site to the next level and ensure that we are delivering you the same consistent analysis, game coverage, and prospect writing that you have come to expect from us.

So, with that out of the way, let’s get to some baseball, shall we? It will be a fun season of baseball for the Yankees. The entire VF314 crew, new and old alike, can’t wait to watch and enjoy it with all of you.

Views is Looking for Writers to Join Our Team

Another baseball season is nearly upon us, and while we don’t know the specifics of how and when the season will function, we do know one thing: we’d like you to write for us. We’re going to be looking for writers to join us, specifically any who are interested in doing everything it is that we do here:

  • Covering specific games with game threads & nightly recaps
  • Previewing upcoming opponents in series previews
  • Providing original analysis and thoughts on the latest and greatest with the Yankees
  • Pitching in with prospect coverage & nightly recaps of the farm’s games
  • Joining our weekly podcast
  • Arguing about the Yankees in our Slack channel

You get the idea. Unfortunately, these are unpaid positions. This blog is a passion project for all of us. Of the limited revenue we do generate, 100% goes to keeping the lights on with the site and podcast. We all have different day jobs and do this strictly because we love doing it.

With that in mind, we will hold you under no obligations in terms of written volume. We would not expect a set number of posts per week or anything like that. In other words, you can write as frequently as you want. We just hope you’d be a willing participant in our season’s coverage.

There is no prior writing experience necessary. We strongly encourage anyone, especially those from communities typically underrepresented in baseball writing circles, to reach out. We would really like to emphasize this point. Having a diverse team with a variety of perspectives and points-of-view is extremely, extremely important to us.

So, if that sounds like something you’d be interested in, please do send us an email at viewsfrom314 [at] gmail [dot] com by Monday, February 8. To be considered, please include a brief bio/introduction and one original, unpublished post as a sample of your style and voice. There is no strict word count or topic – all we want is to hear your voice and see your perspective shine through in a post you’d think would fit on Views.

We will do our best to respond to everyone, and we’d ideally like to bring everyone aboard before the start of Spring Training. Thanks, and go Yanks!

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