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Jeff Blair and ex-MLBer Kevin Barker discuss all the news and stories on-and-off the major league and minor league diamonds.

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Jeff Blair and ex-MLBer Kevin Barker discuss all the news and stories on-and-off the major league and minor league diamonds.

    Sept. 17: Justin Morneau, Cliff Floyd, and Jays Pitching Plans

    Sept. 17: Justin Morneau, Cliff Floyd, and Jays Pitching Plans

    Jeff and Kevin share their thoughts on the Blue Jays’ pitching plans for the final two weeks of the regular season and where things stand with the Red Sox and Yankees heading into the weekend. Justin Morneau, former MLB first baseman, current Twins analyst, and contributor to Blue Jays Central, joins the show to discuss the Twins’ long-term outlook and Jose Berrios’ consistent presence on the mound (21:10). Cliff Floyd, former MLB outfielder and current MLB Network analyst, weighs in on the Yankees’ flaws and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s maturation at the plate (48:54). Ben Wagner checks in from Rogers Centre to chat about the Buffalo Bisons clinching their first division title since 2005, Hyun-Jin Ryu’s recent struggles, and George Springer’s continued progress since coming off the IL (1:08:14).







    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 affiliate.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Sept. 16: Eric Karros, Jeff Passan, and Ray’s Cy Young Chase

    Sept. 16: Eric Karros, Jeff Passan, and Ray’s Cy Young Chase

    Jeff and Kevin break down Robbie Ray’s seven-inning performance against the Rays on Wednesday and discuss how the Blue Jays can line up their starting rotation ahead of a potential playoff appearance. Minnesota Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey joins the show to chat about his team’s struggles this season, early returns on Austin Martin after being acquired from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline, and Jose Berrios’ impact on Toronto’s playoff push (21:11). ESPN MLB Insider Jeff Passan stops by to chat about Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s MVP case and the potential of MLB adopting expanded playoffs under their next CBA (45:44). Eric Karros, former MLB first baseman and current FOX analyst, chimes in on Ray’s emergence as a Cy Young contender this year, Vlad Jr.’s dynamic offensive prowess, and the Dodgers-Giants battle in the NL West (1:07:56). 







    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.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Sept. 15: Tim Kurkjian, Doug Waechter, & Vlad Jr.’s MVP case

    Sept. 15: Tim Kurkjian, Doug Waechter, & Vlad Jr.’s MVP case

    It’s Walk Off Wednesday! Jeff and Kevin discuss the Blue Jays’ 2-0 loss to the Rays on Tuesday and Jose Berrios’ strong outing before exiting with abdominal tightness. Doug Waechter, former MLB pitcher and current Rays analyst, joins the guys to discuss Drew Rasmussen’s emergence for Tampa and the veteran leadership provided by Mike Zunino behind the plate (17:47). ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian stops by to chat about the Rays’ unique formula for sustained success, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s MVP case, and the Cy Young battle between Robbie Ray and Gerrit Cole (50:03). The guys also take your calls and texts throughout the show!







    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.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Sept. 14: Danny Jansen, Jim Duquette, and mighty Manoah

    Sept. 14: Danny Jansen, Jim Duquette, and mighty Manoah

    Jeff and Kevin share their thoughts on Alek Manoah’s dominant outing against the Rays and Breyvic Valera’s three-hit effort in Monday’s 8-1 win. Joe Siddall, former MLB catcher and current Blue Jays Central analyst, joins the guys to discuss the team’s recent offensive surge, Manoah’s increased slider usage on Monday, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s MVP chances (21:42). Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen stops by to chat about his success since returning from the IL and his experience catching Hyun-Jin Ryu (34:18). Jim Duquette, former MLB GM and current MLB Network Radio analyst, weighs in on Vlad Jr.’s pursuit of the triple crown, the potential market for Robbie Ray this off-season, and what Teosar Hernandez’s next contract might look like (46:35). Ben Wagner checks in from Rogers Centre to discuss Jose Berrios’ recent success and Bo Bichette’s aggressive approach at the plate (1:06:52). 







    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

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Sept. 13: Jays Offensive Outburst, Rays Come to Town

    Sept. 13: Jays Offensive Outburst, Rays Come to Town

    Jeff and Kevin discuss the Blue Jays’ offensive explosion against the Orioles over the weekend and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s continued assault on the MLB record books. Brian Anderson, former MLB pitcher and current Rays colour analyst, weighs in on Tampa’s success this season, Nelson Cruz’s impact since being acquired ahead of the trade deadline, and Wander Franco’s standout rookie campaign (21:58). Later, the guys share their thoughts on the Robbie Ray-Brandon Hyde altercation on Friday, Charlie Montoyo’s muted response to the incident, and Danny Jansen’s offensive ceiling. Ben Wagner checks in from Rogers Centre to chat about the importance of this week’s series against the Rays, George Springer’s improved health, Hyun-Jin Ryu’s struggles this season, and Ryan Borucki’s return to the big leagues (1:03:26). 







    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.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Sept. 10: Jeff Passan, Bill Ripken, and Jays Extend Win Streak

    Sept. 10: Jeff Passan, Bill Ripken, and Jays Extend Win Streak

    Jeff and Kevin discuss the Blue Jays’ four-game sweep of the Yankees, Jose Berrios’ strong outing on Thursday, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s pursuit of the AL triple crown. ESPN MLB Insider Jeff Passan weighs in on the Red Sox’s lingering COVID-19 issues, Robbie Ray’s Cy Young chances, and Trevor Bauer’s uncertain future amidst ongoing legal troubles (22:14). Bill Ripken, former MLB infielder and current MLB Network analyst, chimes in on George Springer’s return to the lineup on Friday, the Blue Jays’ statement series in the Bronx, and Vlad Jr. rebounding after a sluggish August (46:12). Ben Wagner joins the guys in studio to chat about Nate Pearson’s performance since rejoining the Blue Jays, the team’s current bullpen hierarchy, and Bo Bichette’s deployment in the leadoff spot during Thursday’s series finale in New York (1:05:14). 







    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 affiliate.

    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
215 Ratings

215 Ratings

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Great Show, but...

Great show, personalities and content, but uploading podcasts to the interweb continues to be an issue for Rogers, a telecommunications company. The July 27 show was great, but we don’t need that uploaded two days in a row, at the expense of the July 28 podcast.

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Best Blue Jays podcast

Mr. Barker tells it as he sees it. No “company lines” from him

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Connor Brodie

Barker is beauty and deserves a pod year round. One with him and Hazel Mae would be really cool, really a power baseball couple. Blair is great too but, Barker really completes the show and provides insight people like Jeff will never have never playing in the bigs

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