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Weekly discussion of Toronto Blue Jays baseball with Drew Fairservice and The Athletic's Kaitlyn McGrath.

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Weekly discussion of Toronto Blue Jays baseball with Drew Fairservice and The Athletic's Kaitlyn McGrath.

    Radio silence, navigating Spring Training & Jays' pitcher, player development w/ Matt Gelb

    Radio silence, navigating Spring Training & Jays' pitcher, player development w/ Matt Gelb

    Do you hear that? It's the sound of a world without Jays' radio broadcasts. Drew and Kaitlyn discuss Toronto eliminating its radio broadcasts and, instead, deciding to simulcast its television broadcast (3:00). Why is the organization doing this and how will this affect your listening experience? Is not having a radio broadcast detrimental to the team? The Athletic's Philadelphia Phillies scrivener Matt Gelb joins Drew and Kaitlyn to wax poetic about Dunedin, the golden capital of Toronto (20:30). Will homers be a regular occurance in TD Ballpark? Matt shares his experience in Florida at Phillies' Spring Training and describes the camp's atmosphere (28:00). The trio also dives into Philadelphia's off-season and its farm system before Kaitlyn serves a cold dish of Oldtakesexposed to Matt (33:00). Afterward, Kaitlyn colors Toronto's approach to player and pitching development and how it's impacted arms like Robbie Ray (52:30).

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Is Vladdy's best fit at 1B, Springer on Astros’ scandal & Mariners fiasco w/ Josh Goldberg

    Is Vladdy's best fit at 1B, Springer on Astros’ scandal & Mariners fiasco w/ Josh Goldberg

    A first in the short history of Spin Rate, a guest joins the show! Fan590 host and Toronto Blue Jays radio producer Josh Goldberg joins Drew and Kaitlyn to unravel one of the biggest questions in Spring Training, will Vladimir Guerrero Jr. play a majority of the time at first base? Why would he? What benefit does it provide to him and the team? Are there better options at 3B? How can the Jays balance placating their young core and putting themselves in a position to win games? Drew and Kaitlyn then discuss the trash can in the room; will George Springers' past affect his tenure in Toronto? Lastly, what in the world was Kevin Mather doing?

    Rundown:
    (7:30) Josh Goldberg joins the pod
    (15:30) Are there better options at 3B
    (36:15) Springers' past a problem?
    (53:00) Who will hit leadoff?
    (1:01:45) Kevin Mather-Mariners debacle

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Welcome to Spin Rate, your new Blue Jays podcast

    Welcome to Spin Rate, your new Blue Jays podcast

    Welcome to The Athletic's Toronto Blue Jays podcast, Spin Rate, with Drew Fairservice and The Atheltic's Blue Jays scribe, Kaitlyn McGrath. First off, we're glad you're tuning in, secondly, before getting into the juicy stuff, Drew and Kaitlyn update us on what they've been doing since the end of the season, and address the direction of the show. OK, now for the saucy stuff. Geroge Springer, what does he bring to Toronto? How promising is the outfield, plus, the front office is demonstrating a willingness to spend money, so what's next? The two also converse about Marcus Semien's 2020 and his fit in the infield. Is 2B prime real estate for Semien, or is there enough concern for Bo Bichette at SS that it could force Semien into the gap? What about 3B? Kaitlyn reveals, arguably, her favorite signing of the offseason before the duo discusses Toronto's rotation. Kaitlyn humble brags about how smart she is which sets the table for her rotation grades. (Is a 'B' really that generous?) Let's talk about Robbie Ray and Jake Odorizzi. Lastly, where will the club play this seas...oh, well, we're finding out mid-recording that it's in Dunedin to kick off the season. Nice! We look forward to you joining us on Spin Rate, and can't wait for this season to begin!

    Rundown:
    (:30) Welcome to Spin Rate!
    (6:00) George Springer
    (17:30) Marcus Semien
    (27:45) Kaitlyn's grade and pitching
    (53:30) Spring Training look-ahead

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Book Closes on Jays' Season with Sportsnet's Stephen Brunt

    Book Closes on Jays' Season with Sportsnet's Stephen Brunt

    Well, at least Blue Bird fans can look forward to next season...maybe. Having a nest full of topics to cover, Drew and Stoeten invite Sportsnet columnist, author, jovial whale neighbor and now podcast guest, Stephen Brunt, to today's show to unpack an eventful season in Toronto (and Major League Baseball in general -- 4:00). Will any of these wacky, frustrating, fun, insert adjective to describe what emotion it evokes in you, rules carry into future years? What can fans expect from Shapiro and the front office in relation to team building and the free agent market? What decisions need to be made in order to improve Toronto's defense? Is Bo Bichette big-league caliber shortstop?How will the team handle that position moving forward? Does the Blue Jays' style of play mesh with what we've seen this year? Oh, and don't miss out on the guys' whale talk. 

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    Read Stephen's work here since he won't share his burner account's handle: https://www.sportsnet.ca/insiders/stephen-brunt/
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    • 44 min
    Rays Report & Let's Go Exorcise Some Demons! + Answering Your Biggest Blue Jays Playoff Questions

    Rays Report & Let's Go Exorcise Some Demons! + Answering Your Biggest Blue Jays Playoff Questions

    Burn the sage, it's time to cleanse Toronto of these demons of playoffs (and Rays) past. Drew and Stoeten forecast the Jays' series against Tampa Bay (:30). What's there really to fear from the No. 1 overall seed in the American League? Is it realistic the Blue Birds actually win this series? The stunning, though, probably expected development of Matt Shoemaker starting game one engenders further thinking, like, why is Shoemaker starting the opening game of the series (9:15)? What is the most effective way to manage the bullpen in his start? Could we see Nate Pearson in relief? The guys entertain and answer some of your Blue Jays-postseason questions (21:15), including: Will Charlie Montoyo's perceivable future with Toronto be affected by the outcome of this series; are our brains goop for the Brain Bug from Starship Troopers to eat, or are we right to question why Hyun-jin Ryu is starting game two (28:00); how can we expect defensive replacements to look this series (33:45) and how will this postseason impact the Blue Jays' off-season (39:15)?

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    • 54 min
    Toronto Punches Their Ticket with Tao of Stieb!

    Toronto Punches Their Ticket with Tao of Stieb!

    Merry Clinch-mas! What a wonderous and fulfilling feeling! Who better to celebrate Toronto's postseason berth with than Drew, Ol' Reliable and Sportsnet contributor, Tao of Stieb?! The talking Toronto triumvirate react to the Blue Jays...umm...not so much valiantly battling their way into extra baseball so much as falling into the 8th seed (4:00). Having secured a spot, and a week before butting heads with the AL's head honcho, is this a good time to allow guys to recover or get some low-stress reps (8:00)? Let's rosterbate. How will the blue birds build out their roster for, presumably, the Rays (16:00)? So lemme ask you this, do you consider this year a success (22:30)? What comes next, and wouldn't it feel good to embarrass the Rays (36:00)? Will Shapiro sharpen his proverbial cleaver and sever the puppet strings attached to Montoyo (41:30)? Is it time to let the coach coach?

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Nicky PT ,

Kaitlyn!

Kaitlyn brings such a great perspective to this podcast (and this beat in general). A must-listen!

mattymatty2000 ,

Great Podcast!

I'm not a Blue Jays fan but I do enjoy smart (and funny) baseball talk, and Drew and Andrew deliver that every week. For example, their discussion of the labor issues facing baseball in episode 143 was among the best if not the best I've heard. Mostly during the season they're all up into the Jays, looking at the team and their rivals from an intelligent and analytical perspective, though one that doesn't ignore the fact that they're both fans as well. That's all good and worth listening to on its own, but what elevates the podcast is their repport. You can tell they're friends in real life (as opposed to podcast life) and they actually dig talking and joking around with one another. Overall it's a wonderful podcast and a great listen. Check them out, you won't regret it!

Wonno17 ,

Great

Great podcast. Blue Jays centered, but still a lot of good knowledge on the other teams too.

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