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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.

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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.

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.

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