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Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker talk all things Blue Jays and MLB. Airing live on Sportsnet 590 The FAN weekdays from 4-6 PM ET during the baseball season.

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    • 4.8 • 44 Ratings

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker talk all things Blue Jays and MLB. Airing live on Sportsnet 590 The FAN weekdays from 4-6 PM ET during the baseball season.

    Checking-In Near the All-Star Break with John Schneider

    Checking-In Near the All-Star Break with John Schneider

    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker are joined by Blue Jays manager John Schneider (1:12) for his weekly chat to discuss the difficulties of telling players they've been place on waivers with the news that the team placed Kevin Kiermaier on waivers yesterday. Then, the skipper shares his takeaways from the team's series against the Giants, Bassitt and Gausman's forms heading into the break, Spencer Horwitz's path to everyday play and what he is looking to see from Zach Pop and Trevor Richards at this stage of the season. To wrap up the show, Blair and Barker take some calls from the Back-Leg Line (27:13).

    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.

    • 49 min
    Reuniting with Randal Grichuk

    Reuniting with Randal Grichuk

    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap the Blue Jays' series win over the San Francisco Giants, discuss the team placing Kevin Kiermaier on waivers, the best place to slot Spencer Horwitz in the lineup and how his in-game awareness has improved. Then, former Blue Jay and current Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Randal Grichuk (27:43) stops by to chat about what impressed him the most about his current baseball club prior to signing with them, adjusting to playing under different managers, the art of being a pinch-hitter when called upon and dealing with the uncertainty of his playing time from team to 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.

    • 49 min
    Picturing the Trade Deadline with Jeff Passan

    Picturing the Trade Deadline with Jeff Passan

    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker welcome in World Series champion and Giants analyst Hunter Pence (1:42) to give his take on the identity of the San Francisco Giants this season, the difficulties to get an offence going at Oracle Park, Heliot Ramos' path to becoming an MLB All-Star and what the Blue Jays can expect facing Jordan Hicks. Blair and Barker then look at their first impressions of Matt Chapman playing in the Bay Area and the offseason fallout between the third baseman and Toronto. Afterwards, ESPN's Jeff Passan (27:57) shares his thoughts on why Paul Skenes should start in the MLB All-Star game, which teams in the AL East will be buying at the trade deadline and why a move from an NL team won't shake up the post-season picture.

    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.

    • 49 min
    Midseason Pitching Report with Pete Walker

    Midseason Pitching Report with Pete Walker

    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker are joined by Blue Jays TV voice Dan Shulman (3:15) to chat about the steps for Spencer Horwitz to become an everyday player, why Daulton Varsho could be the team's future centre fielder, Chad Green's trade value and his first impressions of Leo Jiménez. Then, Blair and Barker share their thoughts on Tim Mayza signing with the New York Yankees on a minor-league deal. Afterwards, Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker (26:25) stops by to discuss the factors of a successful outing from Yusei Kikuchi, the changes Yariel Rodriguez made to his pitch mix, when he knows it's time to talk to his pitchers on adjusting their approach and his relationship with Chris Bassitt and how he's grown as a starter.

    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.

    • 49 min
    Giant Questions in the Bay & Jays-Giants Preview

    Giant Questions in the Bay & Jays-Giants Preview

    The Athletic's San Francisco Giants reporter Andrew Baggarly (1:19) joins Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker to discuss what he'll remember the most from the late Willie Mays, how the Giants have underperformed to their expectations, Matt Chapman's tenure in the Bay Area, if Blake Snell will be moved at the trade deadline and the team's interest in Juan Soto in free agency. Then, Blair & Barker debate the National League selections for All-Star pitchers - including Paul Skenes - and preview the Blue Jays' upcoming series against the Giants.

    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.

    • 49 min
    Future of the Jays' Core and MLB Draft Process with Greg Hamilton

    Future of the Jays' Core and MLB Draft Process with Greg Hamilton

    Sportsnet.ca's Shi Davidi (2:15) joins Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker to chat about the expectations for both Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette to play for the Blue Jays in 2025, the organization staying competitive beyond next season and if Alejandro Kirk can become the team's everyday catcher. Then, Coach and Director of National Teams at Baseball Canada Greg Hamilton (28:41) jumps on to discuss some of the Canadian prospects entering the 2024 MLB Draft, the evolution of the draft process, baseball's accessibility outside the major cities across Canada and Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor's all-star season.

    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.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

TAL512 ,

Khakified Konversations

Barker is the hitting coach the Jays didn’t know they needed. Great insight and I appreciate the honest take on the state of baseball in Toronto. Blair is a decent sidekick.

CD42069 ,

The best Jays show

It’s da bomb!

rockysaviano ,

Great show but gets political

Intelligent and informative baseball talk. It is centered on the Blue Jays, but I enjoyed it as a White Sox fan. The show interviews the beat writers and local TV announcers of the team that the Blue Jays are playing. You get a baseball series worth of terrific, home spun insight on all MLB teams because of this. They actually made a Blue Jays fan out of a southside of Chicago, guy.
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However, down here in the states, we are being hammered by the political left and the political right on a daily basis. Everything is being politicized to the maximum extent Independents are being driven crazy. Many of us go to sports to get a break from this red versus blue insanity. Unfortunately, this show also has gotten political on a couple of occasions now. The show leans hard left.

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