Mailbag: Time warp, prospects will break your heart, and Joey Gallo

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Happy new year! Our holiday hiatus is now over and we’re ready to start bringing you all content again. Hopefully, CBA negotiations will heat up sooner rather than later so we can return to hot stove news and later preview the 2022 season. For now, let’s ease back into things with our usual Monday post: the mailbag.

As always, send your mailbag questions to viewsfrom314 [at] gmail [dot] com, or alternatively, send them to us via Twitter. We answer our favorites every Monday. Here are this week’s questions and responses:


VF314 Chat – 12/29/2021

Good morning, everyone. I hope that all of you who celebrate Christmas had an enjoyable one. It’s Wednesday, which means it’s chat day. Next to nothing has happened since we last spoke a week ago, so I don’t know that we’ll need the full hour here, but let’s see what happens.

The queue is open for questions below, so feel free to send them in before we get underway at 12pm eastern. See you soon.

VF314 Chat – 12/22/2021

Happy Wednesday, folks. We received plenty of positive feedback after last week’s chat, which means that we’re going to keep this as a regular feature here at Views. Our plan is to continue hosting a chat Wednesdays at noon eastern going forward.

Before we get to today’s chat, there is a bit of Yankees news to relay. Naturally, it came just a few hours after we noted that the blog would be relatively quiet over the next couple of weeks. The Yankees officially announced their 2022 coaching staff last night:

We can discuss it during today’s chat. Again, it starts at 12 pm eastern, but the question queue is open if you’d like to send one ahead of time. You can see the chat box submit your questions by clicking the “read more” button below:

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.

My Ridiculous Ideas

It’s the offseason, folks, which means a slower trickle of news to begin with. On top of that, it’s the week before Christmas, which slows things down even more. And, as I’m sure you’re well aware, there’s a lockout on, which goes beyond gumming up the works and straight up stops them. With that said, let’s get to a favorite past time of mine: coming up with ridiculous ideas MLB will never implement because there is precious little else to talk about.

Leading off, let’s talk one of my favorite things: realignment! I’ve spilled my guts about this before on the podcast and probably in digital ink, too, but let’s go over it again. I would love to see MLB radically realign in one of two ways.

First, let’s keep AL/NL, but we go back to a 16/14 split, with Houston going back to the NL or Milwaukee going back to the AL. We implement a universal DH, because duh, but balance the schedule so each team plays everyone in their league an equal amount of times and we eliminate interleague play. In this scenario, the top four teams in the AL and NL respectively make the playoffs–like the pre-second wildcard days–and we go from there.

My second idea is similar, but with an added twist: eliminate AL and NL altogether, institute a universal DH, balance the schedule, and the top 8 make the playoffs, regardless of original league, and we run the tournament from there. Yankees/Red Sox World Series? Hell yes. Full disclosure, such an event would likely take a decade off of my life.

The other schedule/alignment altering idea I had, one I’ve kicked around a lot, is relegation/promotion, similar to that in European football. This will never, ever happen in the US, but it’d be cool to see in baseball. Now, with the way the minors feed the majors and all the things that go along with that system, relegation to AAA couldn’t happen. Instead, we’d have to split MLB in two and go from there. In my idea, the top half would be eligible to play for the WS while the bottom half wouldn’t. The bottom teams in the top and the top teams in the bottom would trade places, like they do in European football.

In this scenario, I’d also like to see a cup style competition added, perhaps as the last game of each series (balance the schedule, find a way to make every series three games), so that the first two would count towards the regular season standings with the third counting towards a cup standings, with different incentives for placement there (draft position, IFA money, etc.). I’ll live on Mars before this happens.

Last on this list is a change to the Hall of Fame. I’ve tweeted this out for sure, though I’m foggy on the old specifics, so let’s see what I can (re) hash out. This thought was inspired by Albert Pujols. Albert Pujols will be on the HOF ballot in 2026 and will be inducted in 2027. At that point, it will have been 11 years since his last above average season (2016) and 15 years since his last elite season (2012). That is a super long time! For some players, it’s pretty clear right away that they should be eligible way sooner than five years.

What I’m proposing, aside from eliminating the ten-player limit, is a sort of pre-ballot for retiring players. When a player retires, he goes on a ballot to determine if he will get on the ballot immediately or have to wait five years before appearing on the official ballot. Hell, given the age of baseball information we’re in, we could argue that a five year wait is pretty outdated at this point, but I get it.

Anyway, these are my ridiculous ideas. Like ’em? Hate ’em? Got any of your own?

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