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Jeff Blair, ex-MLBer Kevin Barker & Blue Jays broadcaster Joe Siddall discuss all the news and stories on-and-off the major league and minor league diamonds.

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    Monday's Manager Musings & Ranking Judge's 2022 Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 48:39


    Four-time World Series Champion and YES Network analyst Jeff Nelson joins Blair and Barker to discuss Aaron Judge's historic season, Luis Severino, and how the Yankees could set their lineup and rotation as they head to Rogers Centre for the final time this regular season (04:14). Blue Jays manager John Schneider discusses George Springer's sense of the moment, why securing home-field advantage is a priority, and who would start a decisive third postseason game for the Blue Jays (31:14). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Big Hit for Whit in a Series Split

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 50:16


    Jeff Blair & Kevin Barker recap the Blue Jays' weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays, notably the last two games where Toronto picked up wins to split the series. The guys delve into Teoscar Hernández's awakening at the plate, Whit Merrifield's impressive numbers at Tropicana Field, Alek Manaoh's performance on Saturday where he pitched 7 innings to secure the win, and Ross Stripling providing another strong outing. The guys then examine the weekend for the Yankees, Mariners, and Rays, and provide an update in the Wild Card Race for “In The East” (27:26). They wrap up this hour by revisiting the conversation on whether or not Alek Manoah should be available to pitch in one of the first three games of a Wild Card series (42:33). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    “It Might Be the Best Atmosphere in Baseball…”

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 50:13


    MLB insider Jeff Passan joins Blair and Barker to discuss the postseason teams jockeying for position, who in each league poses the biggest threat to the Astros and Dodgers, what he thinks the Blue Jays should do when it comes to securing home-field advantage, and the playoff atmosphere at Rogers Centre (04:54). In Barker's Back Leg Bits, the guys answer a question on if catchers Alejandro Kirk, Danny Jansen, and Gabriel Moreno will all be back with Toronto next year, and fans weigh-in with their thoughts on how Toronto's rotation should be set up in the playoffs (27:12). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Berrios, Bendix, and Prioritizing Home Field Advantage

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 49:51


    Following Toronto's 10-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Jeff Blair and Kevin assess José Berríos' performance at Tropicana Field after he threw 74 pitches and lasted only two innings. Later on, they discuss and debate what should be the priority for Toronto: securing home-field advantage or setting up the starting rotation to feature Alek Manoah in a potential Wild Card series. Tampa Bay VP and General Manager Peter Bendix talks Jays-Rays, the pitching depth in his organization, and how a front office's role changes down the stretch and into the postseason (30:59). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Four Days with the Rays

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 49:49


    Rays Reporter Marc Topkin previews the final regular season series between Tampa Bay and Toronto, while providing an update on Shane McClanahan's health and the argument between teammates Yandy Diaz and Randy Arozarena (02:39). Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker then open up the phone lines to ask fans for their expectations ahead of the all-important Blue Jays-Rays series (13:41), before ending the show with the latest installment of Barker's Back Leg Bits (27:45). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    A Series Split & Bass' Status

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 50:07


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap Toronto's 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies to earn a series split in the "City of Brotherly Love". Notably, they discuss Toronto's decision to not use Anthony Bass in extra-innings, despite him not pitching in several days. Former Phillies GM & current MLB Network/NBC Sports analyst Ruben Amaro Jr. comments on certain managers being the right fit for certain teams, the mentality of managers coaching their teams down the stretch, Aaron Judge's historic season and his future with the Yankees (30:15). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Raúl Ibañez & Jamie Moyer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 52:35


    Senior VP of Baseball Operations for MLB and long-time player Raúl Ibañez joins Blair and Barker to discuss why he thinks baseball's new rules will bring a “70's and 80's” feel to today's game, why the new rules will benefit players, and looks back on the most "clutch" performers he's been teammates with (02:16). Veteran MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer relies on his 25 years experience in the bigs to break down the adjustment going from the rotation to the bullpen in the postseason, before talking about winning the World Series in 2008 with the Phillies and the 2022 edition of the Seattle Mariners as they jockey for position with Toronto in the AL Wild Card Race (29:46). In the latest edition of Barker's Back Leg Bits, the guys tackle questions on: Cavan Biggio, Matt Chapman and more (46:15)! The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    A Wild Win in Philly

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 47:17


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap a wild 18-11 Blue Jays win over the Philadelphia Phillies and discuss Ross Stripling's no decision, Bryce Harper's base-running blunder, a successful night at the dish for Teoscar Hernández, the AL Wild Card race and Shane McClanahan leaving the Rays' game with an injury. Blair and Barker welcome Blue Jays radio voice Ben Wagner in on the conversation and ask who should be the Blue Jays' starting second baseman when the playoffs begin (29:32). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    The All-Catcher Hour with Kratz & Caleb

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 50:26


    Longtime MLB catcher and Phillies radio analyst Erik Kratz joins Blair and Barker to comment on the job Canadian Rob Thomson has done managing Philadelphia after taking over for Joe Girardi, Bryce Harper's overall season and health, and what is was like being teammates with Aaron Judge on the Yankees as the slugger continues to chase history (03:34). Sportsnet's Caleb Joseph shares his thoughts on how Danny Jansen looked catching Alek Manoah over Alejandro Kirk, Jansen's pitch-framing, Jordan Romano's blown save on Sunday, and Romano's fastball-slider mix (29:03). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    No Problem for Houston: Astros Clinch

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 49:45


    Jeff Blair & Kevin Barker start off with a look at the Wild Card standings, before re-visiting their conversation with John Schneider to question how the Blue Jays' lineup will look tonight when Toronto visits the Philadelphia Phillies for a two-game set. Houston Astros analyst and World Series Champion Geoff Blum discusses the team's impressive performance this season, as Houston clinched the AL West for fifth time in six years after a 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays (29:18). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Weekend Wrap with Shi Davidi & John Schneider

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 49:47


    Jeff Blair & Kevin Barker welcome Sportsnet's Shi Davidi to the show to discuss who would be the Blue Jays' primary DH when everyone is healthy, the importance of Anthony Bass and Tim Mayza in the bullpen, and how to set up the starting rotation come playoff time (02:49). Blue Jays' manager John Schneider makes his weekly appearance to reflect on his club going 7-4 in a 10-day stretch, Alek Manoah's latest outing, Raimel Tapia making the most of his opportunities, and Jansen and Kirk working with the pitching staff (27:10). In Barker's Back Leg Bits, the guys answer your questions, including one on Aaron Judge's options to sign in the off-season outside of New York (41:57). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    O's in the Rear-View

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 49:56


    The Blue Jays took two of three from the Orioles over the weekend, distancing themselves further away from Baltimore in the AL Wild Card race. Jeff and Kevin examine Toronto's series win, notably Jordan Romano and the bullpen's performance, and Alek Manoah's latest start on Sunday. Blair & Barker then take a look at how the Jays' American League rivals fared over the weekend; primarily the Yankees and Aaron Judge as the slugger chases the Triple Crown and the organization's record for home runs in a season (27:09). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Vlad Jr. Contract Talk & MLB EVP Morgan Sword

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 48:29


    MLB's Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Morgan Sword joins Jeff and Kevin to discuss how the rule changes for 2023 came to be, the decision to ban shift, the research and data behind the changes, and how to speed up the game (02:02). Later on, MLB insider Jeff Passan curses Bluetooth technology while also providing his opinion on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. saying he would like to sign an extension with Toronto in the off-season, and the Chicago White Sox playing better with Tony LaRussa away from the club (29:24). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    A Rays Rout & Figuring the Lineup Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 51:08


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 11-0 loss to the Rays, a disappointing final game despite Toronto winning the five-game series three games to two. The guys discuss Kevin Gausman's latest start going up against Shane McClanahan, and what Toronto's best lineup would be at a time where key hitters are banged up and/or underperforming. In an extended Barker's Back Leg Bits, Jeff and Kevin answer questions on: Bo Bichette, if the Texas Rangers could be a destination for Ross Stripling, Seattle's schedule down the stretch and more (28:49)! The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    A Thursday Matinee with Dan Shulman

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 49:20


    Sportsnet's Dan Shulman joins Jeff and Kevin to comment on the Blue Jays' recent play, notably: if Raimel Tapia deserves more playing time, Ross Stripling being firmly inside the circle of trust, managing George Springer's elbow, and what is the team's optimal lineup when everyone is healthy (05:16). Padres analyst Tony Gwynn Jr. provides his thoughts on the Mariners after seeing them up close, Josh Hader's turnaround, and San Diego battling it out for the third and final wild card spot in the NL (30:06). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Gausman vs. McClanahan

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 50:32


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap the Blue Jays' 5-1 victory over the Rays where starting pitcher Ross Stripling once again proved his worth. Rays analyst and friend of the show Brian Anderson previews today's series finale and the standout pitching matchup between Shane McClanahan and Kevin Gausman (27:19). Afterwards, Toronto Blue Jays Program Manager of Amateur baseball T.J. Burton discusses this year's upcoming Canadian Futures Showcase – the biggest amateur baseball tournament in the country (35:45). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    All in the Cards

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 48:32


    Former Cardinals pitcher and current analyst Brad Thompson discusses the longevity of batterymates Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina ahead of their start today, Albert Pujols' quest for 700 home runs, personally working with Molina, and Paul Goldschmidt's MVP-type season (04:51). In an extended version of Barker's Back Leg Bits - the guys answer your questions on pitch clocks, Teoscar Hernández, and more (26:48)! The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Splitting the Doubleheader & Joe West's Return

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 50:52


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down a full day of baseball as the Blue Jays and Rays split their doubleheader Tuesday at Rogers Centre. Blair & Barker focus-in on Mitch White eating innings in game one, Whit Merrifield's all-important two-run double, and Alek Manoah's gutsy performance in game two after having his start pushed back due to illness. Former umpire Joe West re-joins the guys to share how umps will adapt to MLB's rule changes next season, how the profession has evolved over the years, and if umpires handle the game differently in September and October (28:54). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Nate Pearson & Starting Pitching Musical Chairs

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 48:52


    Toronto Blue Jays / Buffalo Bisons pitcher Nate Pearson reflects on an injury-plagued 2022 season, how he's currently feeling, and what his expectations are for the rest of the year and beyond (05:33). Afterwards, Jeff and Kevin focus in on the breaking news that Alek Manoah is dealing with a stomach bug and how Mitch White will be used after being recalled from AAA Buffalo, before inviting former catcher and Blue Jays analyst Caleb Joseph in on the conversation from Rogers Centre (23:38). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Another Un-Bo-lieveable Night

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 51:01


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker look back on game one in the Blue Jays-Rays series where Bo Bichette once again provided the heroics with a game-winning two-run home run in the 8th inning. Rays analyst and host of “Baseball Legends Lounge” Orestes Destrade shares his thoughts on the Rays-Jays rivalry with the two teams facing each other eight more times before season's end (33:30); before Jeff and Kevin break down the Jays' lineup for game one of Tuesday's double-header with Julian Merryweather starting in place of Alek Manoah. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Monday with the Manager & Ken Rosenthal

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 48:10


    The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal joins Blair and Barker to discuss his latest story on Bo Bichette, his hot play on the Blue Jays' road trip, the rule changes coming to MLB next year, and the future contracts of the Blue Jays' core players (01:49). Later on, Blue Jays manager John Schneider reflects on a successful road trip where he touched on getting ejected, dealing with umpires, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. putting in work, and Bichette being in a good place mentally at the plate (24:46). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    The Road Trip Ends & A Home Stand Begins

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 50:53


    Jeff Blair & Kevin Barker recap the Blue Jays' weekend where they took two of three from the Texas Rangers; notably Sunday's bullpen day started by Trevor Richards and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s series at the plate, before looking ahead to this week's pivotal eight-game home stand against the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles. Afterwards, the guys look at how Toronto's foes in the AL East and Wild Card Race fared over the weekend for “In The East”, and hear what managers Aaron Boone, Kevin Cash, and Brandon Hyde had to say post-game (29:16). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    JP Morosi on Rule Changes & Jack Curry on the Yankees Struggles

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 50:19


    Jeff Blair & Kevin Barker give you the chance to win Blue Jays tickets as they take on the Rays on September 14th. The guys then welcome on MLB Network insider, Jon Paul Morosi, to talk about how the MLB's rule changes could affect the league and how they will be implemented. Then they discuss which players will benefit most from the new rules. YES Network Yankees analyst, Jack Curry, joins Blair & Barker to further discuss the struggles surrounding the team right now and how worried he is about this weekends series against the Rays. Finally the guys close out the week and send you into the weekend with Barker's Back Leg Bits NFL edition!The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Potential MLB Rule Changes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 51:09


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss the rule changes we could see come down the pipe today from the MLB competition committee. They also take a look at the AL East and AL wild card standings and dive into what the next 30 games could look like for the Blue Jays. Are they one of the three best teams in the American League? From the idea of a pitch clock, to the how they will ban the shift, how will these new rules affect the game? Blue Jays play-by-play announcer Dan Shulman joins the show to preview what these potential rule changes could look like and what effect they could have on Bo Bichette? The guys then discuss the Jays upcoming series against the Rangers this weekend, how the rotation could shake out, and what the rotation could look like against the Rays.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Meet the Mets

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 48:14


    MLB insider Jeff Passan takes a trip around the Majors with Jeff and Kevin and touches on the Yankees' diminishing lead in the AL East, Alex Anthopoulos locking up the Braves' core position players long-term, Manoah's standout season and where he ranks among the top young starters in the game like Max Fried and Dylan Cease (02:22). Former Mets pitcher and host of the Shea Station podcast Jerry Blevins discusses the Mets battling it out with Atlanta for the NL East crown, Max Scherzer heading to the IL, and what the team's biggest weakness is heading into the postseason (27:42). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Manoah Magnificent in Maryland

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 51:07


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker examine the Blue Jays' 4-1 win over the Orioles, taking three of four from them on the road, highlighted by Alek Manoah's performance on the mound. The guys discuss how nothing spilled over after the tension in Tuesday's game and assess the Jays' schedule going forward with 26 games remaining. Sportsnet's Shi Davidi joins to comment on Toronto's recent stretch and who he would start in Game One of a playoff series: Kevin Gausman or Alek Manoah (33:04). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Bo Bichette Returns to Blair & Barker!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 49:27


    Former MLB umpire & crew chief Dale Scott relies on his experience to provide a deep dive on benches clearing, umpires issuing warnings and balks given the incidents in the Blue Jays-Orioles series with umpire Jeff Nelson (02:53). Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette discusses his recent hot streak at the plate, making strides defensively, and how he assesses his season as a whole (25:14). To end the show, the guys answer questions in Barker's Back Leg Bits including one on Whit Merrifield's playing time since coming over from the Royals at the trade deadline (43:00). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Tensions High in Baltimore

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 50:31


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap the Blue Jays' 9-6 loss to the Orioles in a game that was overshadowed by both benches clearing and John Schneider being ejected by home plate umpire Jeff Nelson. Jeff and Kevin discuss Bo Bichette continuing to get it done offensively with four hits and four runs; before looking ahead to the series finale on Wednesday with Alejandro Kirk likely catching three days in a row with Alek Manoah on the mound.  Blue Jays Central analyst and former MLB backstop Joe Siddall comments on how umpires issuing warnings can alter how pitchers and catchers attack hitters and shares his thoughts on Toronto's bullpen usage after Mitch White brief outing (30:31). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Five Wins in Four Days for the Jays

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 48:39


    Blue Jays radio play-by-play man Ben Wagner discusses the team's recent stretch, specifically noticing a mental shift for Bo Bichette, assessing José Berríos' start against the Orioles, and who the unsung heroes have been in the team's bullpen (01:33). Orioles' reporter Roch Kubatko talks about how Baltimore hopes to respond following Monday's sweep in the double-header and Gunnar Henderson being the latest O's prospect to take MLB by storm (26:45). We wrap up with Barker's Back Leg Bits, as Jeff and Kevin answer your questions including if a salary floor would be good for the game (38:41). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Bo Knows Baseball!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 51:08


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker hit the airwaves after a successful long weekend for the Toronto Blue Jays with wins over the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles! Jeff and Kevin key in on Bo Bichette's recent offensive surge, highlighted by his three home-runs in game two of Monday's double-header, while also discussing Cavan Biggio's hot stretch, Jackie Bradley Jr. contributing, if Toronto's rotation is now solidified with positive starts from José Berríos, and Jordan Romano's performance in the ninth inning Sunday at PNC Park. Afterwards, the guys examine how the Blue Jays' rivals fared over the weekend for In The East and provide an update to the wild card standings (32:03). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Planning for the Playoffs with Caleb Joseph

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 47:29


    Former catcher and current Sportsnet analyst Caleb Joseph joins Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker to help preview the Jays-Pirates series this weekend, how the rotation could be structured moving forward, which Jay needs a strong September, and provides some in-depth analysis on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s swing (01:51). The guys close out the week with an extended version of "Barker's Back Leg Bits" discussing who should bat third in the order, if the Jays are in need of a major overhaul in the off-season, and the lack of noise with surrounding the DH in the National League (29:51). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    The Race for the AL East with Brian Anderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 52:05


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker kick off today's show by previewing the Blue Jays' upcoming series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. They discuss how the rotation will shake out as they prepare for the Orioles, the O's continued success following their series against Cleveland, and how the Jays' farm system compares to other contenders. Later on, Tampa Bay Rays analyst Brian Anderson joins the show to preview a pivotal series between the Yankees and Rays, before discussing the team's strong stretch of play after the All-Star break and the tightening race for the AL East (29:00). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    The Calendar Flips to September

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 50:05


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker continue to take calls and texts on the level of confidence in this Blue Jays team and the other organizations jockeying for position in the wild card race (01:08). In honour of Edwin Diaz and Timmy Trumpet, MLB Insider Jeff Passan does a deep dive on walk-out songs in MLB, the Orioles aggressively promoting their top prospects, and which teams, if any, could wrestle away Aaron Judge from the Yankees in free agency this offseason (33:03). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    August Wasn't Great & Approaching the Plate

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 49:13


    Following the Blue Jays' 7-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs, Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker hit the airwaves with Barker explaining what he has seen from Toronto's hitters far too often in the batter's box. The guys welcome Shi Davidi to the show with his thoughts on the Jays-Cubs series, Santiago Espinal's playing time, Mitch White's outing, and how the Blue Jays might set their rotation for the upcoming series against Pittsburgh & Baltimore (16:29). Later on, phone lines are opened up to gauge the temperature of the Blue Jays' fanbase after a losing record in August (33:34). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Mark Shapiro and Anthony Bass Join the Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 49:52


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker welcome Toronto Blue Jays President and CEO Mark Shapiro to the show to reflect on the team's season. Shapiro discusses the upcoming renovations at Rogers Centre, Bo Bichette's play at SS, Jordan Romano's emergence into the closer's role, and potential contract extensions for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bichette (01:1`0). Later on, Blue Jays relief pitcher Anthony Bass talks about returning to the Blue Jays from the Marlins and the success he's experienced since re-joining their bullpen (31:19). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Teoscar Bounces Back

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 49:51


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap the Blue Jays' 5-3 win over the Chicago Cubs, where Teoscar Hernández & Vladimir Guerrero Jr. both hit key home runs to seal the victory. Jeff and Kevin focus in on Hernández needing a big moment amidst a tough stretch of games and injury, guys playing banged up at this time of year, Vlad Jr. in the batter's box, and Kevin Gausman's latest outing. Later on, MLB analyst Doug Glanville discusses Aaron Judge's historic season, how the Yankees should celebrate him if he passes Roger Maris' 61 HR single-season total, and closers like Jordan Romano pitching multiple innings per appearance (28:36). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Danny Jansen Saves the Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 49:41


    Sportsnet's Buck Martinez shares his view on the Blue Jays' recent play including Jordan Romano starring in the closer's role, Cavan Biggio's recent contributions, and Danny Jansen being a sparkplug for the team (01:35). Afterwards in Barker's Back Leg Bits, Jeff and Kevin answer questions on Bo Bichette's play at shortstop, MLB players practicing their sliding techniques, the Bradley Zimmer waiver claim, and if there is lack of depth at the minor-league level (28:50). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Stro-Show Preview with Jim Deshaies

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 50:04


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap Toronto's 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs in extra innings; on a night where Danny Jansen played the hero with a three-run HR and the game-winning RBI. With the Cubs series ongoing, Jeff and Kevin welcome analyst and former pitcher Jim Deshaies to the show to discuss Marcus Stroman's season to date as he gets ready to pitch opposite Kevin Gausman for his first start in Toronto since being dealt by the Blue Jays in 2019 (30:44). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    No Jacket Required

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 48:51


    MLB analyst for CBS Sports David Samson joins Blair and Barker to discuss the latest around baseball including the MLBPA representing minor-league players, Julio Rodriguez's massive contract extension with the Seattle Mariners, and if that figure will impact Vladimir Guerrero Jr. or Bo Bichette's contract talks in Toronto (01:32). The fellas then focus in on how the Blue Jays' AL East rivals fared over the weekend in In the East (24:37), before ending with the latest installment of Barker's Back Leg Bits where they solicited ZERO questions about the Blue Jays' home run jacket (34:41)! The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Not the Most Angelic Weekend at Rogers Centre…

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 50:55


    The Blue Jays got a taste of their own medicine over the weekend: getting swept by the Angels after Toronto completed the sweep in their previous series against the Red Sox. Jeff and Kevin break down the series and discuss what they're seeing from Teoscar Hernández and Bo Bichette on a weekend where boos were heard around Rogers Centre. Sportsnet's Dan Shulman shares his thoughts on the Angels' series and the Blue Jays' offensive inconsistencies, before looking into Ross Stripling's latest outing and his upcoming contract expectations (27:50). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Peaking at the Right Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 48:06


    With a 7-3 record in their last 10 games, Blair & Barker ask MLB insider Jon Morosi if his opinion of the Blue Jays has changed as the postseason approaches. Morosi also touches on Ohtani's future in Los Angeles, the Mariners recent play, the emphasis being put on the upcoming World Baseball Classic, and the players who have already committed to their various respective countries (1:00). Jeff and Kevin head into the weekend by catching up on all of your questions with an extended edition of ‘Barker's Back Leg Bits'! (30:00).The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Sox Swept Away at Fenway

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 51:39


    The Blue Jays earned a series sweep over the Boston Red Sox as they won their second-consecutive game in extra-innings by a score of 6-5. The guys break down the game and discuss Boston's difficulty cashing in baserunners, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. defensively at first base, Jordan Romano pitching two innings in relief, and important plays down the stretch from Matt Chapman and Cavan Biggio (1:00). Los Angeles Angels play-by-play voice, Matt Vasgersian, previews this weekend's series vs. Toronto and talks about the team struggling after a hot start, its potential sale, and the uber-talented Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani (40:00).  The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

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