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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. 22: Jayson Stark and Jays-Rays card-stealing fallout

    Sept. 22: Jayson Stark and Jays-Rays card-stealing fallout

    Jeff and Kevin kick-off Baseball Central with their thoughts on the fallout from Kevin Kiermaier’s card-stealing saga and Alek Manoah delivering six strong innings in Tuesday’s 4-2 win. Jayson Stark, senior MLB writer for The Athletic and co-host of the Starkville podcast, discusses his recent interview with Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo, the AL and NL wild card races, and Bryce Harper’s late-season push for NL MVP. Later, the guys head to the text line to answer questions from listeners!







    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.

    • 47 min
    Sept. 21: Will Middlebrooks and Card-Stealing Kevin Kiermaier

    Sept. 21: Will Middlebrooks and Card-Stealing Kevin Kiermaier

    Jeff and Kevin share their thoughts on the inconsistent strike zone during Monday night’s Blue Jays-Rays game, Nate Pearson potentially tipping his pitches, and the team’s current bullpen hierarchy. Orestes Destrade, former MLB first baseman and current Rays analyst, weighs in on Shane Baz’s impressive MLB debut on Monday and how this year’s Rays team compares to the group that made the World Series in 2020 (23:43). Will Middlebrooks, former MLB third baseman, current CBS analyst, and co-host of the Wake and Rake podcast, joins the show to chat about the Red Sox rebounding from their COVID-19 outbreak, Kyle Schwarber’s impact on Boston’s lineup, and his pick for AL MVP (46:15). Ben Wagner stops by to discuss Kevin Kiermaier picking up a scouting card that fell from Alejandro Kirk’s wristband during Monday’s game and whether the Blue Jays should take retributive action with Alek Manoah on the hill on Tuesday night (1:05:06).







    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 affiliate.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Sept. 20: Dante Bichette, Ryu on the IL, and Jays-Rays Primer

    Sept. 20: Dante Bichette, Ryu on the IL, and Jays-Rays Primer

    Jeff and Kevin discuss Hyun-Jin Ryu landing on the 10-day IL with a neck strain and the Jays taking two of three against the Twins over the weekend. Chris Singleton, former MLB outfielder and current ESPN analyst, weighs in on the Blue Jays’ playoff surge and the MVP debate between Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Shohei Ohtani (25:41). Dante Bichette, former MLB outfielder and current Blue Jays special advisor, stops by to chat about the maturation of Toronto’s young stars, Bo’s improvement as a defender at shortstop, and Teoscar Hernandez’s breakout season (46:02). Ben Wagner joins the guys in studio to discuss Ryu’s chances of cracking the Jays’ playoff roster and Jose Berrios’ importance to the team’s starting rotation (1:08:19). 







    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 affiliate.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

JPb4445683 ,

Great Show about the Jays and all of baseball.

Funny, informative, I laugh, I cry! All seriousness the chemistry between Kevin and Jeff is great. The guests are second to none, a who’s who of baseball.

Blue Jays and Baseball fan ,

Great show

Best baseball show on the radio. Kevin Barker should be Blue Jays manager.

rockysaviano ,

Great Show

Intelligent and informative baseball talk. It is centered on the Blue Jays but I enjoy it as a White Sox fan. It far surpasses anything White Sox radio is putting out. They also interview opposing team’s broadcasters, giving a great look at the other teams around the league. The best part is when the ex-baseball player gets irritated with the host.

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