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Blue Jays Talk
The Regular Season is Over...and The Playoffs Await

Blue Jays Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 64:09


Jeff Blair, Kevin Barker, Sho Alli, and Blake Murphy wrap up the regular season with the Blue Jays' doubleheader split in Baltimore, dropping G1 and winning G2 at Camden Yards. Sho and Blake take a look at Mitch White's potential in the bullpen in 2023, and debate Bradley Zimmer's place on the playoff roster (1:06). Jeff and Kevin discuss Otto Lopez, and whether or not he might find a place on the Blue Jays either in the 2022 playoffs or next season (22:37). They also break down whether or not Yusei Kikuchi could maybe pitch as a lefty in the playoffs given his usage in Baltimore, and chat about Gabriel Moreno and his potential. 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Bring on the Mariners!

Baseball Central @ Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 51:06


It's official: the Toronto Blue Jays will host the Seattle Mariners in a Wild Card series this weekend at Rogers Centre! Jeff and Kevin share their thoughts on the matchup while looking back at the season series where Seattle went 5-2, including a four-game sweep in back in July. MLB Network's Jon Morosi joins the show from Arlington, Texas – the site of Aaron Judge's 62nd home run to set the new American League record. Jon discusses being in the ballpark to witness history, speaking to Judge post-game, and how the Blue Jays' hitters stack up against the Mariners starting rotation in the Wild Card series (30:23). 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Let's Play Two at Camden Yards

Baseball Central @ Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 48:57


Blue Jays radio voice Ben Wagner joins the show on the final day of the season from Baltimore - the site of today's doubleheader. Ben discusses the plan for today's double-dip, how John Schneider will be setting today's lineups ahead of the Wild Card Series, and Toronto's preparation to face Seattle (00:36). Braves' President & GM Alex Anthopoulos comments on Atlanta winning the NL East after the Mets' led for most of the season, entering the postseason as defending champions, and if his current roster is more well-balanced than last year's championship squad (28:28). 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.

Blue Jays Talk
Jays Rain Supreme at Camden Yards

Blue Jays Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 32:00 Very Popular


Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' rain-shortened 5-1 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards! They take your calls and texts, and discuss the play of Whit Merrifield, who Barker thinks should be the everyday second baseman going forward. They get to the waterlogged start from José Berríos, who ground through six rainy innings of work for his final start of the regular season. They also discuss the optimal batting order for the playoffs, and how the bottom of the order has been coming through more consistently. 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Postseason Baseball Returns to Rogers Centre!

Baseball Central @ Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 50:13


Following their rain-shortened 5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles, the Toronto Blue Jays learned that they will be hosting the Wild Card Series after the Seattle Mariners' loss to the Detroit Tigers! Jeff and Kevin welcome in Blue Jays Central's Caleb Joseph to assess José Berríos' season as a whole, who he would start following Alek Manoah in the Wild Card Series, and who would he rather face if he was the Jays: Seattle or Tampa Bay (27:32). 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
National Perspectives on Toronto's Playoff Berth

Baseball Central @ Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 49:12


Blair & Barker call up MLB Network's Alex Avila to hear his thoughts on the Blue Jays, specifically the atmosphere at Rogers Centre, and how players and managers approach the final days of the season when there is nothing left to play for (03:23). Former MLB outfielder and current MLB Network Radio host Ryan Spilborghs breaks down why the Blue Jays shouldn't care who they face in the Wild Card round, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s 2022 campaign, and how he feels about the Dodgers heading into the postseason having covered their recent games (25:30). 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Rocking the Red Sox One Last Time

Baseball Central @ Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 51:59


Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker return after the Blue Jays' sweep of the Boston Red Sox; a team that Toronto dominated in 2022 compiling a 16-3 record. Jeff and Kevin discuss Teoscar Hernández heating up at the right time, Whit Merrifield getting more and more comfortable, and Kevin Gausman leaving his start early with a cut on his finger. Dan Shulman, play-by-play voice for Sportsnet and ESPN, comments on the Jays' play over the weekend, if Moreno or Zimmer should be the final player on the postseason roster, and if he would move Hernández into the cleanup spot (32:15). 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. 

Baseball Central @ Noon
The Final Three Games with John Schneider

Baseball Central @ Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 47:41


Jeff and Kevin discuss the Wild Card standings and what needs to be done for the Blue Jays to secure home-field advantage, before hearing from Mariners' manager Scott Servais and Rays' skipper Kevin Cash after clinching their spots in the postseason. Blue Jays manager John Schneider joins the show to discuss what he'd like to see from his team in their final three games of the season vs. Baltimore, if he would consider changing the bottom of the batting order, and provides an update on the health of Kevin Gausman, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Santiago Espinal (24:34) 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. 

Blue Jays Talk
Home Sweep Home in the Rogers Centre Finale

Blue Jays Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 30:27 Very Popular


Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 6-3 win over the Red Sox to wrap up the home finale and the sweep at Rogers Centre! They take your calls and texts, and discuss the Kevin Gausman finger injury that saw him depart after just three innings of work. Should that suggest a change in the order of the starting rotation come playoff time? They get to the two monster home runs from Teoscar Hernandez, and Whit Merrifield's solo homer - is Merrifield the everyday second baseman going forward? Plus, who would they rather the Jays play in the postseason? 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Front Office Intel with David Samson

Baseball Central @ Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 48:05


CBS Sports HQ Analyst & former Marlins President David Samson discusses how much playoff revenue means to ownership, the logistics of travelling teams and families in the postseason, where he would slot Alek Manoah in a series, and what Aaron Judge's value is to the New York Yankees beyond his contributions on the field (02:03). Jeff and Kevin mix in some more phone calls on the Jays' postseason hopes and end off the week with a couple of Barker's Back Leg Bits (29:06). 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Blue Jays Punch Their Postseason Ticket

Baseball Central @ Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 51:12


The Toronto Blue Jays are heading to the postseason! Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker open up the phone lines to hear from fans: who would like to see Toronto face in the Wild Card round? Sportsnet's Dan Shulman joins the show ahead of this weekend's series against the Boston Red Sox and talks about why he would like to see Alek Manoah start game one of any Wild Card series, who should make the Blue Jays' post-season roster, and if it should include three catchers (30:33). 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Passan Judgement on a Thursday

Baseball Central @ Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 46:47


MLB insider Jeff Passan shares his view on Aaron Judge's accomplishment, if he will stay a Yankee in the offseason, who can challenge the Astros in the AL, Tyler Glasnow getting healthy for the Rays, and if Aaron Judge is in the Hall of Fame conversation (02:13). The guys end off the show with an extended edition of Barker's Back Leg Bits (22:20)! 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
What's the Real Home Run Record? You be the Judge.

Baseball Central @ Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 52:49


History was made at Rogers Centre on Wednesday night as Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run of the season to equal Roger Maris' American League & New York Yankees single-season record. Jeff and Kevin react to the accomplishment and listen to post-game comments from Judge himself, Blue Jays Manager John Schneider, Roger Maris Jr. and Jays pitcher Tim Mayza, before asking the fans which number they consider to be the true home-run record: 61 or Barry Bonds' 73 which was reached in the steroid era. 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.

Blue Jays Talk
More Jays Errors, Judge Belts No. 61

Blue Jays Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 29:09


Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 8-3 loss to the Yankees at Rogers Centre. They take your calls and texts, and discuss the decision to bring in Tim Mayza knowing he would face Aaron Judge, who ultimately crushed his 61st HR of the season to tie Roger Maris for most AL HRs hit in a single season. They discuss Judge's AB, and kick around some potential destinations for him if the Yankees don't lock him up long-term. Plus, a chat on Vladdy Jr. grounding out, and the crowd tonight at the Dome. 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Yankees are the Beasts of the East

Baseball Central @ Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 51:29


Jeff Blair & Kevin Barker discuss the Blue Jays' 5-2 loss to the Yankees as New York was able to clinch the AL East division on Toronto's home turf. Jeff and Kevin talk about the mistakes made on the base paths by Toronto, Bo Bichette's play in the field, and José Berríos' latest start where he lasted 5.1 innings in the loss. The guys invite Sportsnet's Shi Davidi in on the conversation where he shared his reaction to John Schneider's post-game availability and the baserunning blunders from the Blue Jays in an important game where they are also trying to solidify their place in the postseason (34:19). 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Catching History with Phil Ozersky

Baseball Central @ Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 47:52


With all the talk surrounding Aaron Judge's potential home run milestones, Jeff and Kevin invite Phil Ozersky on the show; the man who caught Mark McGwire's 70th home run in 1998, the single-season record at the time. Phil discusses what happened in the aftermath of catching ball, his decision to put it up for auction, and what it was like meeting McGwire himself after the ball sold (02:29). Later on, WFAN Yankees reporter Sweeny Murti discusses the Yankees winning the division, Giancarlo Stanton not hitting like himself lately, and how the Yankees will approach the next week with the AL East all wrapped up (30:43). 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.

Tim and Friends
Raptors head coach Nick Nurse

Tim and Friends

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 93:44


Tim & Jesse debate whether intentionally walking Aaron Judge – who is searching for his 61st home run of the season, was the right move. Jeff Blair sings the praises of interim manager John Schneider. Nick Nurse sits down with Tim and discusses the upcoming NBA season. Marly Rivera loves how Vladdy has matured as a player in his short time in the bigs. Canada Basketball CEO Michael Bartlett. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate. 

Blue Jays Talk
Errors on the Field, Errors on the Base Paths

Blue Jays Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 27:18


Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 5-2 loss to the Yankees at Rogers Centre. They take your calls and texts, and discuss the fielding and base-running errors committed by the Blue Jays tonight - was it a lack of hustle or poor decision making on the parts of Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.? They get into the start from José Berríos, and how he wasn't the culprit for the loss tonight. They also discuss Bo Bichette in more detail, including if the Jays might ever consider moving him to second base.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.

Blue Jays Talk
Vladdy Jr. Delivers in Extra Innings

Blue Jays Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 32:36 Very Popular


Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' walk-off 3-2 win over the Yankees at Rogers Centre! They take your calls and texts, and get straight to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. delivering the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the tenth inning - what did he see from Clarke Schmidt in that AB? They discuss the usage of the bullpen, including Anthony Bass and Tim Mayza in extras, and the chess match from John Schneider to intentionally walk Aaron Judge to get to Anthony Rizzo. Plus, a terrific outing from Kevin Gausman, who allowed just two runs over 6.1 IP. 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Guerrero & Gaus Hand the Yanks a Loss

Baseball Central @ Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 50:36


Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 3-2 win over the New York Yankees including: Kevin Gausman's start, John Schneider's decision to intentionally walk Aaron Judge, and Vladimir Guerrero's walk-off hit in extra innings. The Athletic's Jayson Stark goes around the Majors with the guys and shares his thoughts on where Aaron Judge's 2022 season ranks among the best he's seen, what kind of manager the Miami Marlins need after parting ways with Don Mattingly, and which combination of starting pitchers will set the Blue Jays up for postseason success (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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
All Eyes on José Berríos Tonight

Baseball Central @ Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 49:22


Sportsnet's Joe Siddall joins Blair & Barker to discuss the latest surrounding the Blue Jays including if José Berríos is tipping his pitches, the work he is putting in with Pete Walker, Teoscar Hernández' two-run double and recent plate approach, and what he's noticing from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. offensively (01:02). Play-by-play broadcaster for TBS Brian Anderson previews Game 2 of the Yankees-Blue Jays series and comments on how he prepares to call potential milestones when he's on the mic (26:37). 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.

Writers Bloc
A Chat In The Dugout with Ross Stripling

Writers Bloc

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 50:27


We are down at Rogers Centre where Ben sits down with Ross Stripling fresh off his win yesterday at Tampa. They talk about The Trop and why it's so hard to play there. How the Jays are also paying attention to the Aaron Judge chase. Then Ross admits to scoreboard watching as playoff positions come into light. Later (13:00) we catch up with Marly Rivera from ESPN who discusses travelling with the Yankees and following this Judge chase plus the incredible highs and lows from this team all year and the turnaround in September after an awful August. Later (26:00) Jeff Blair is with us in the booth to chat about where tonight cold rank in baseball history and how rare it is to hit 60. We can see a record HR, a Yankees clinch as well as a Blue Jays clinch all within the next couple of days. 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 affiliate.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Big Hit for Whit in a Series Split

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Monday's Manager Musings & Ranking Judge's 2022 Season

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Blue Jays Talk
A Pair of Spring-A-Ding-Dingers

Blue Jays Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 35:55 Very Popular


Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 7-1 win over the Rays to split the series at Tropicana Field! They get to the big swings by the big bats, including one each from Alejandro Kirk and Teoscar Hernandez (a monster bomb), and two from George Springer. They get into Springer's leadership and the importance of both his bat and health late in the season, and how another terrific performance from Ross Stripling means he deserves a playoff start over José Berríos. Plus, the potential of Zach Pop going forward, and whether or not an injury may be hampering Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at the plate. 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
“It Might Be the Best Atmosphere in Baseball…”

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Berrios, Bendix, and Prioritizing Home Field Advantage

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Blue Jays Talk
Bullpen Blows a Late Lead in Philly

Blue Jays Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 26:03


Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 4-3 loss to the Phillies to wrap up the two-game series. They take your calls and texts, and they discuss the bullpen's pitch selection late in this one, from guys like Yimi Garcia, Jordan Romano, and Adam Cimber. Were there other arms they should have leaned on? They get into the play of Teoscar Hernandez and a particular swing decision late in the game - what was he thinking there? Plus, a chat on Bo Bichette's defensive play at shortstop, and thoughts on the start from Kevin Gausman. 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
A Series Split & Bass' Status

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Four Days with the Rays

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Blue Jays Talk
Five Jays Games on the Same Night

Blue Jays Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 23:29


Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 18-11 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park! They take your calls and texts, and get to how both teams played about five different games over the course of the evening. They get into a rare off night from Ross Stripling, whether or not that's changed the calculus on who would start a potential third playoff game, and discuss the place of Julian Merryweather in the bullpen. Plus, lots of scoreboard watching on a relatively favourable night for the Jays, including live reaction to a Yankees walk-off win, and how that might affect the Jays' chances for the division. 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
A Wild Win in Philly

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Raúl Ibañez & Jamie Moyer

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
No Problem for Houston: Astros Clinch

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
The All-Catcher Hour with Kratz & Caleb

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Jays Weekend Wrap with Shi Davidi & John Schneider

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
O's in the Rear-View

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Blue Jays Talk
A Rare Blown Save and a Tough Loss vs. the Os

Blue Jays Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 45:43 Very Popular


Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 5-4 loss to the Orioles to wrap up the series at Rogers Centre. They take your calls and texts, and discuss the blown save from Jordan Romano - a first for him in front of the home crowd - and whether or not he is relying too much on his slider. Is there any cause for concern there, or is it a one-off? They get into Danny Jansen and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. both hitting home runs, and muse on whether Vladdy Jr. is heating up at the right time. Plus, a gutsy start from Alek Manoah,  some appreciation for George Springer continuing to play hurt, and more on the Stripling vs. Berríos conversation. 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
A Rays Rout & Figuring the Lineup Out

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Vlad Jr. Contract Talk & MLB EVP Morgan Sword

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Blue Jays Talk
Stripling Makes His Case for a Playoff Start

Blue Jays Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 32:09 Very Popular


Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 5-1 win over the Rays at Rogers Centre! They take your calls and texts, and get to yet another terrific start from Ross Stripling, who allowed just one run over 6.1 IP. Should he get a potential third playoff start before José Berríos in a wild card series? They continue the John Schneider discussion and how he still doesn't get enough credit for the job he's done as interim manager. Plus, a chat on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hitting his 100th career home run to get things started. 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.

Good Show
Hour 3: Stripling or Berrios? Who Has Earned a Playoff Start? w/ Jeff Blair + Wake and Rake!

Good Show

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 50:49


Jeff Blair, co-host of Blair and Barker, weighs in on Ross Stripling's chances of earning a playoff start, his future beyond this season, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s maturation as a defender at first base, and George Springer's lingering elbow issue. Later, Ailish and Hailey dive into the Wake and Rake, brought to you by Unibet! They tee up the betting odds for tonight's Chargers-Chiefs matchup and continue our NHL divisional preview series with the Atlantic Division. They also preview this afternoon's series finale between the Blue Jays and Rays (27:55). 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 affiliate

Baseball Central @ Noon
Gausman vs. McClanahan

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
A Thursday Matinee with Dan Shulman

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Blue Jays Talk
Jays Get McClanahan'd in Series Finale

Blue Jays Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 34:19


Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 11-0 loss to the Rays in the series finale at Rogers Centre. They take your calls and texts, and break down the offensive performance against Tampa LHP Shane McClanahan in his return from the IL. They get to Kevin Gausman's start, and the home runs given up to Yandy Diaz and Isaac Parades - any concern? They also chat about Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s contract situation, and whether or not the Austin Riley deal (10 years, $212 million) is something he would take. Plus, a discussion on who will start the bullpen day vs. the Orioles on Friday. 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.

Blue Jays Talk
Was This Alek Manoah's Flu Game?

Blue Jays Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 30:53 Very Popular


Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 7-2 win over the Rays to split the doubleheader at Rogers Centre! They take your calls and texts, and discuss the gutsy 6.2 IP from Alek Manoah after a stomach bug delayed his start to Game 2. They get to the George Springer Dinger in the seventh inning, his first home run since August 28, and Whit Merrifield's two-RBI double as well. Plus, a discussion on Alejandro Kirk scoring from first base, and whether John Schneider should be the permanent manager of the team. 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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Splitting the Doubleheader & Joe West's Return

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
All in the Cards

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Another Un-Bo-lieveable Night

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.

Baseball Central @ Noon
Nate Pearson & Starting Pitching Musical Chairs

Baseball Central @ Noon

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.