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Jeff Blair provides the latest news from the world of baseball.

Episódios

  • Catching up with Alek Manoah

    14/01/2022 Duração: 48min

    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker comment on Thursday’s session of labour talks between the league and the players. Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah reflects on his rookie season, picking the brain of new acquisition Kevin Gausman, and takes the guys inside his offseason routine (10:44). Afterwards, Jeff and Kevin discuss the Atlantic League and the changes they plan on making as part of its partnership with Major League Baseball (28:25). 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.

  • Blair & Barker Come Bearing Gifts!

    24/12/2021 Duração: 49min

    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss the plans to upgrade Rogers Centre (2:20) before getting into the gift-giving mood for the holiday season! Jeff and Kevin dole out presents tailored to the American League teams (9:51), National League teams (29:39), and the Toronto Blue Jays (42:08). Afterwards, they end the show with another edition of 'Barker's Back Leg Bits!' 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

  • Will Baseball Return to La Belle Province?

    16/12/2021 Duração: 58min

    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker look back to 1994, the last time there was a labour stoppage in baseball.  The Expos were never the same after the 1994 strike; but could there be positive news on the horizon for baseball fans in Montreal (0:20)? John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times discusses the Rays’ stadium plans, its discussions with local government, and the concept of splitting home games between Florida and Montreal going forward (15:10). Next, Hall of Fame pitcher and former MLBPA representative Tom Glavine joins the show to talk about his role during the 1994 strike, why he suggests players stay off of social media during the lockout, and if he foresees free-agent slugger Freddie Freeman re-signing in Atlanta (33:25). To end the show,  Kevin answers listeners’ questions for 'Barker’s Back Leg Bits!' (49:55).The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate. 

  • How Real Is the Mets’ Interest in Pete Walker?

    09/12/2021 Duração: 56min

    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker return to discuss the interest the Toronto Blue Jays had in signing Corey Seager before he agreed to his ten-year pact with the Texas Rangers, the Mets’ level of interest in Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker, and if a first-time manager is what the Mets need right now (1:00). Next, Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano talks about his offseason and continuing his conditioning without the team’s facilities during the lockout (12:30). To finish, longtime MLB agent Barry Axelrod talks about how an agent’s role is impacted by the lockout, when players start to get antsy about returning to work, and when he ultimately sees the stoppage coming to an end (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.

  • Manfred v. Clark

    03/12/2021 Duração: 47min

    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker are joined by ESPN’s Jeff Passan to discuss all things regarding MLB’s lockout, including the respect level between adversaries Rob Manfred and Tony Clark, how commissioner Manfred is perceived by fans of the game, and when the he foresees MLB and the MLBPA ultimately reaching an agreement (16:44).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 affiliate.

  • Both Sides of Baseball’s Lockout

    02/12/2021 Duração: 49min

    What do MLB general managers do during a lockout? Former Dodgers GM and current TV analyst Ned Colletti joined Jeff and Kevin to break down the stoppage, and to give some inside info on how organizations handle their internal discussions during a labour dispute (1:45). Later on, former MLBPA Communications Director Greg Bouris shares some thoughts on if games will be missed, getting both sides back to the negotiating table, and the players wanting to see an economic shift (30:20).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 affiliate.

  • The Work Stoppage Has Arrived

    02/12/2021 Duração: 49min

    The owners have locked out the players, putting a freeze on all transactions across Major League Baseball!Jeff and Kevin examine the work stoppage and Jeff explains why he doesn’t foresee any games being missed despite the current stalemate. Later, the guys react to comments from new Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman, and invite Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi in on the conversation to further discuss the lockout and why he feels the Blue Jays need to make a trade in order to accomplish everything they want to this offseason (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 affiliate.

  • A Lockout Looms for MLB

    01/12/2021 Duração: 49min

    Longtime NY baseball columnist John Harper talks about the Mets’ moves in free agency, notably Max Scherzer’s record-breaking 3-year deal. Jeff and Kevin also ask John about Steve Cohen’s twitter account, Kevin Gausman choosing Toronto over the Mets, and who could possibly be named the club’s new manager (6:00). Jeff and Kevin also examine the free agent landscape with the CBA set to expire and grade the Blue Jays’ offseason to this point.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.

  • Steven Matz Talks Pete Walker and His Time in Toronto

    01/12/2021 Duração: 50min

    Jeff and Kevin discuss the Blue Jays rumoured interest in FA left-handed hitter Freddie Freeman, the surprise of him still being unsigned, and hypothetically if Vladimir Guerrero could handle more playing time at third base. St. Louis Cardinals’ starter Steven Matz discusses his new 4-year deal with the club, Pete Walker helping him find his identity as pitcher in Toronto, being able to work with Yadier Molina, communicating with Robbie Ray during free agency, and how much the Canadian government’s vaccine mandate for professional athletes played a role in negotiations (26:05).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.

  • Catching up With Danny Jansen

    30/11/2021 Duração: 48min

    Former Major League pitcher and SF Giants analyst Shawn Estes discusses what the Toronto Blue Jays are getting in Kevin Gausman, breaks down his pitch repertoire, and his approach towards left-handed hitters (3:31). Blue Jays’ catcher Danny Jansen joins the show and talks about meeting Kevin Gasuman at the team’s Player Development Complex in Dunedin, his offseason workouts, and building off a strong finish to the 2021 season (22:38).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 affiliate.

  • Ray Heads West, What’s Next?

    30/11/2021 Duração: 50min

    Robbie Ray agrees to a 5-year/$115M deal with the Seattle Mariners, joining Marcus Semien and Steven Matz as free agents who left the Blue Jays. How will Toronto replace the production of the reigning AL Cy Young winner and an MVP finalist? Jeff and Kevin discuss the details of the Ray signing and ultimately what led to Ray signing in Seattle and Kevin Gausman ending up in Toronto, and how a full season of Jose Berrios stabilizes the starting rotation (0:20). The guys also discuss the other moves around free agency including Javier Baez’s deal with the Tigers, Corey Seager’s 10-year pact with the Rangers, and where players like Freddie Freeman and Carlos Correa will wind up (37:32).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 affiliate.

  • Who Will Sign Marcus Stroman?

    29/11/2021 Duração: 46min

    Jeff and Kevin wonder about the Los Angeles Angels and their quest for more starting pitching; could they be a destination for Robbie Ray? Jeff and Kevin take calls on the off-season for the majority of the hour, with some fans wondering where ex-Jay Marcus Stroman could wind up and if Toronto would be interested in a reunion. Later, the guys discuss Yimi Garcia’s addition to Toronto’s bullpen, the Blue Jays’ interest in Noah Syndergaard before he joined the Angels, and figuring out what Nate Pearson’s role will be in 2022.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.

  • Gausman, Garcia Kick off Blue Jays’ Signing Season

    29/11/2021 Duração: 52min

    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker are back to unpack MLB’s free agency period; notably the Toronto Blue Jays signing free-agent starter Kevin Gausman to a 5-year/$110M deal and how he will fit in to the team’s rotation. Jeff and Kevin also comment on Marcus Semien leaving the Blue Jays to sign a 7-year/$175M with the Texas Rangers, where Max Scherzer could wind up, and Gausman (and RP Yimi Garcia) taking less money to sign with an up and coming Blue Jays team. Jeff and Kevin also discuss how the Canadian government’s vaccine mandate can effect negotiations in free-agency and Kevin weighs-in on Jose Berrios’ extension seven-year extension with Toronto.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.

  • Emergency Pod: Breaking Down the Berríos Extension

    16/11/2021 Duração: 31min

    A solo Jeff Blair weighs in on the news that the Blue Jays and José Berríos have come to an agreement on a reported seven-year, $131M extension (0:34). Jeff chats about Berríos' durability, the significance of the extension, why he thinks the Jays will look to make another major pitching addition, the effects of the deal both on and off the field for Toronto, where the team is at after the signing, and the Jays' intention of putting together a pitching core to match its position player core (4:46).  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 affiliate.

  • Blair & Barker’s Offseason Deep Dive

    07/11/2021 Duração: 01h36min

    With the 2021 postseason completed and the Atlanta Braves crowned World Series champions, the focus now shifts to Major League Baseball’s offseason. Jeff and Kevin are joined by Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi (1:38) and go in-depth on the Toronto Blue Jays: who is more likely to re-sign: Robbie Ray or Marcus Semien, if any of the prospects in the organization are viewed as “untouchable”, Steven Matz, potential trade candidates to balance the team’s lineup, the bullpen, and how to use Nate Pearson going forward. Later, Jeff and Kevin discuss what they enjoy most about the sport and the young stars and personalities in MLB, before being joined by Maury Brown (1:12:10) of Forbes. Maury, Jeff, and Kevin talk about the current financial health of the sport amidst the pandemic, the landscape of the labour negotiations between the league and MLBPA, if a resolution can be found quickly, and how an unknown CBA impacts different tiers of players. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guest

  • Jays Wants, Needs & Desires

    05/11/2021 Duração: 46min

    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker open this edition of the show by answering your calls and hearing your wants, needs, and desires for the 2022 Blue Jays (00:51). Soon after, Jays’ Assistant Director of Player Development Joe Sclafani speaks about Gabriel Moreno’s development in the Jays’ prospect system, and touches on the impact of the 2020 minor league shutdown (04:17). Then, Blair & Barker head back to the phone lines to listen to some final calls before saying farewell for the off-season (16:52).

  • What Can Baseball Learn From the 2021 Braves?

    05/11/2021 Duração: 51min

    It’s the final edition of Blair and Barker before the guys take a well-deserved winter break (stay tuned for weekly pods!). The guys open the show by discussing the Jays’ offseason and what the organization’s priorities should be (7:37). Then they take some calls from listeners regarding Jays’ offseason wants, needs, and desires (22:46). Next, Jeff Passan stops by to chat about what teams can learn from the 2021 Braves, Joc Pederson sending Harry Styles a jersey and note after the singer predicted Atlanta would win the World Series, and Marcus Semien and Robbie Ray (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 Media Inc. or any affiliate.

  • An Important Conversation with Gabe Kapler

    04/11/2021 Duração: 47min

    Scott Crawford, Director of Operations at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, discusses this year’s induction class (9:29). Then, San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler discusses the work he is doing with his ‘Pipeline for Change’ Foundation where he has been an advocate for hiring practices to evolve in baseball so that front offices can become more inclusive and improving mental health for players and employees around the game (29:06). Later, Kapler touches on Buster Posey’s career, the World Series and Dusty Baker as a communicator and the Giants’ exceptional 2021 season (38:00). 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 affiliate.

  • What to Do With Steven Matz?

    04/11/2021 Duração: 50min

    With the offseason now officially underway, Jeff and Kevin discuss some news and notes around the majors and discuss Buster Posey’s career and hall of fame candidacy as the 2012 NL MVP is set to announce his retirement on Thursday (0:51). With teams making qualifying offers to their upcoming free agents, Jeff and Kevin debate what would be the best course of action for the Blue Jays and Steven Matz (12:32). MLB Network analyst Carlos Peña joins the show to recap the World Series and share what noticed from Alex Bregman at the plate and if one of his former teams the Detroit Tigers will be aggressive in free agency (31:12). 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 affiliate.

  • What Now for the Astros?

    03/11/2021 Duração: 48min

    Blair & Barker react to Brian Snitker’s post-game availability and share their final thoughts on the World Series: notably Max Fried and Jorge Soler’s MVP performance and violent swing (0:07). They also discuss what the loss means for the Astros and how they were unable to pair their tainted 2017 championship with another one in 2021 (11:48). Host of “Nothing Personal” and former Miami Marlins President David Samson joins the show and discusses how the Braves will be a different looking team come next year, the difficulty repeating as champions, four of the five NL East teams winning championships since 2003, the Astros as baseball’s “villains”, and the upcoming CBA talks and if he thinks a resolution can be reached sooner than later (32:02). 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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