Yeoman’s Work: Pilot Episode

I’m wading into the gaming and streaming space with Yeoman’s Work, a lo-fi, multimedia presentation that follows my pursuit of a championship in the baseball simulator, Diamond Mind Baseball, paired with single-camera footage from my baseball video archives. Below is its maiden voyage, which features a rematch of my league’s 2019 championship series paired with video from a few 2019 fall instructional league games between the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers.

My initial plan was to stream Diamond Mind (henceforth DMB) on the FanGraphs’ Twitch account the same way my colleagues have been streaming Out of the Park Baseball and MLB The Show. But my home upload speeds are insufficient for streaming, and it was only after several failed attempts that I diverted to the format below, which enables some cool post-production elements that I’ll continue to explore. My goal with the archived game footage is to feature video that is either relevant to my recent prospect work or to the current discourse surrounding baseball culture. In the pilot that means focusing on prospects in the Rangers and Padres systems, as I’ve recently written about both.

I won’t go so far as to call this an ASMR video, but both DMB’s gameplay and most of my video archive are very quiet, low-sensory experiences without music or crowd noise, and I think this will appeal to those of you who enjoy Baseball Sounds, as they are front and center in the footage. If this tone appeals to you, my “musical influences” in this department (i.e. the non-FanGraphs Twitch streams I watch on my own time) are Kenji Egashira’s and Luis Scott-Vargas’ live Magic: The Gathering content, Kate Stark’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds streams, and Kathleen De Vere’s pirate radio show, Brave New Faves.

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Eric Longenhagen is from Catasauqua, PA and currently lives in Tempe, AZ. He spent four years working for the Phillies Triple-A affiliate, two with Baseball Info Solutions and two contributing to prospect coverage at Previous work can also be found at Sports On Earth, CrashburnAlley and Prospect Insider.

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