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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.

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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Toronto, ON

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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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@TheGarfoose

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English

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One Ted Rogers Way Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3B7 416 870 0590


Episodes

Sept. 27: Season Finale

9/27/2019
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Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker take your calls during the last Baseball Central of the season, and discuss how the MLB playoff picture is looking, who the Blue Jays should add in the off-season, what the payroll will look like next year without any new additions, why it won't be easy to add top-end pitchers, whether they'll bring in a first baseman, whether the team will have any difficulty in bringing marquee free agents to Toronto, and World Series favourites amongst other things.

Duration:00:43:32

Sept. 26: One more series for the Blue Jays

9/26/2019
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Jeff Blair & Kevin Barker discuss Milwaukee heading to the playoffs, how hardworking the Brewers are, and Jose Ramirez's return; on Rowdy's Tellez's big night for the Blue Jays, Jacob Waguespack's outing, and the shift; on the possibility of Joe Maddon joining the Angels, and the managerial openings around the league; Indians radio voice Jim Rosenhaus on Ramirez's successful return to the lineup, the biggest challenge for the team vs. the Nationals, how important Terry Francona is to the...

Duration:00:43:55

Sept. 25: How the Cardinals clinched

9/25/2019
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Jeff Blair and Chris Leroux discuss what it's like to be in a bullpen at this point of a season, how they would assess Vlad Jr.'s season, the state of the Blue Jays' rotation, when they may contend, the organization's subpar scouting and acquiring of quality pitchers; St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold on how it all came together for the Cardinals, Paul Goldschmidt's season, and what Mike Shildt brings to the table.

Duration:00:44:03

Sept. 24: What happened to the Cubs?

9/24/2019
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Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss Anthony Alford's walk-off homer, his lack of playing time, Cleveland activating Jose Ramzirez, what the Blue Jays have in Jordan Romano, and why they should consider keeping Ken Giles around; the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales on what went wrong with the Cubs, the team's lack of pitching depth and prospects, who's to blame, and whether Kris Bryant has to be a Cub forever; on who the NL Manager of the Year should be, and the misunderstanding of Vlad Jr's...

Duration:00:44:09

Sept. 23: Final week of the regular season

9/23/2019
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Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss the firing of Andy Green, Ned Yost's retirement, the Wild Card and pennant races, how the Yankees look as the playoffs approach, Bill McKinney hitting 10 homers, which Blue Jays player has the best two-strike approach, Vlad Guerrero Jr.'s comments on never having lifted weights before, and why there's no issue with having him start the next season as the team's first baseman; Luis Rivera, Blue Jays third base coach, on Vlad Jr.'s growth at third base,...

Duration:00:44:25

Sept. 20: Jays brought their brooms to Baltimore

9/20/2019
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Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss the Blue Jays' series win over the Orioles, Bo Bichette's injury, Vlad Guerrero Jr.'s approach and what he'll need to change, how Anthony Kay has looked with the Jays, and the Twitter feud between Aubrey Huff and Seth McClung; on the state of the Yankees' rotation; FanGraphs' Craig Edwards on the NL Central division race; Bundesliga picks!

Duration:00:45:02

Sept. 19: Which managers will head to the unemployment line?

9/19/2019
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Jeff Blair & Kevin Barker discuss Randal Grichuk's play as of late, Vlad Guerrero Jr.'s slide & injury, Clay Buchholz's outing & future with the team, Reese McGuire's night & whether he'll eat into Danny Jansen's playing time; on managers who could be on the hot seat as the regular season comes to an end.

Duration:00:44:01

Sept. 18: Cavan fever!

9/18/2019
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Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker give their thoughts on the Blue Jays' series opener vs. the Orioles, including Cavan Biggio's big night, how important his bat is to the team's success, and what the batting order should look next season; MLB Network's Dan O'Dowd on what the Jays should be looking to do in the off-season, the importance of having a winning culture, the possibility of the team trading Ken Giles, the loss of Dellin Betances in New York, the Rockies' season, and the Wild Card...

Duration:00:43:52

Sept. 17: Watching the Wild Card races

9/17/2019
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Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker take a look at the NL Central pennant race, and discuss the Athletics' impressive season and their solid defence, Marcus Semien's incredible play, whether Mike Moustakas is a player the Blue Jays should go after, and the team's off-season shopping list; Vince Controneo, voice of the A's, on the team's season, their infield's stellar defence, Matt Olson's improvement, their bullpen, and who starts for the A's in a Wild Card game.

Duration:00:44:05

Sept. 16: A showcase for Canada's best amateur players

9/16/2019
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Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss the Blue Jays' series finale vs. the Yankees, Randal Grichuk's season, the pitching "confusion", Vlad Guerrero Jr.'s hands & what his main defensive issue is, and whether the Yankees can win the World Series without a consistent lineup; Charlie Culberson getting hit in the face with a pitch, and Dave Martinez's reaction; T.J. Burton, Blue Jays Program Manager of Amateur Baseball, on the Blue Jays Baseball Academy's Tournament 12, and why this tournament...

Duration:00:44:07

Sept. 13: Which Blue Jay has the best glove?

9/13/2019
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Scott MacArthur & Kevin Barker host: The guys recap Thursday's Blue Jays loss to the Red Sox, and preview the weekend set with the Yankees; We take a quick look at the future outlook of all 30 MLB teams; At The Letters' Ben Nicholson-Smith joins the show in-studio; Barker's Bundesliga Picks!

Duration:00:44:08

Sept. 12: What tripped up the Red Sox?

9/12/2019
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Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss the Red Sox's demeanour in the dugout last night, the state of the Blue Jays' infield defensively, Rowdy Tellez, Cavan Biggio's swing; Boston's assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett on the mood in the clubhouse, Rafael Devers' growth, and the best hitter on the team; on launch angle, and how home runs are getting boring; data science consultant Rob Arthur on the significant impact tanking plays in MLB's declining attendanc

Duration:00:43:30

Sept. 11: September call-ins

9/11/2019
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Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker take your calls on the Blue Jays' September thus far, and discuss (among other things): the Dave Dombrowski firing, how the Jays' outfield is looking heading into next season, whether fans can put up with another season like this one, the state of the team's pitching and what they would need to give up to get a great arm in return, and veteran bats the team may add in the off-season.

Duration:00:43:47

Sept. 10: Anthony Kay

9/10/2019
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Jeff & Kevin discuss Yordan Alvarez's monster home run on Monday night, potential fallout from the Red Sox' front office shuffle, and preview tonight's Blue Jays-Red Sox series opener; Blue Jays SP Anthony Kay discusses his MLB debut Saturday, and his time with the Blue Jays organization thus far since being traded for Marcus Stroman in late July.

Duration:00:43:24

Sept. 9: Red Sox send Dave Dombrowski to unemployment line

9/9/2019
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Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss the Red Sox's firing of Dave Dombrowski, and the curious timing of the move; on the Blue Jays' offence and why they may need to bring in a more offensive player, and how the team is looking as the season comes to an end; WEEI's Rob Bradford on the Red Sox firing Dombrowski, who may replace him, and how this will impact Mookie Betts' extension talks.

Duration:00:43:53

Sept. 6: Time for the Blue Jays to work on their defence and add veteran arms

9/6/2019
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Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker touch on the Blue Jays' 6-4 loss to the Rays, Bo Bichette's 13 pitch at bat, Vlad Guerrero Jr.'s triple, the importance of the team having good defence with a less than stellar pitching staff, Trent Thornton's outing, whether they're fans of Vlad Jr. sliding, and the interesting pennant races; MLB Network's Jon Morosi on why there is no reason for the Blue Jays to not be involved in talks to acquire a solid veteran arm in the off-season, the team's decision to...

Duration:00:44:35

Sept. 5: T. J. Zeuch on his first taste of the big leagues

9/5/2019
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Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap Michael Lorenzen's big night with the Reds, and discuss Angels' prospect Miguelangel Sierra lost homer after not crossing home plate; on Blue Jays vs. Rays, Trent Thornton's record against Tampa, and Anthony Kay possibly debuting Saturday (after an opener); Blue Jays' pitcher T.J. Zeuch on following opener Wilmer Font, what he's learned about himself, how it felt to make his MLB debut, issues that come with being a very tall pitcher, his mindset when...

Duration:00:44:11

Sept. 4: September call-up Mark Shapiro

9/4/2019
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Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker are joined by Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro who discusses when the rebuild will be over, their pitching prospect depth, Teoscar Hernandez's growth, the possibility of long-term extensions for pre-arbitration players, the use of openers, and the job done by the coaching staff; on team's they're disappointed in, the importance of home-field advantage in the post-season, and takeaways from Shapiro's comments.

Duration:00:43:49

Sept. 3: Call-up time

9/3/2019
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Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss Josh Donaldson's comeback season, where the Blue Jays' are at right now, how the young core is looking as the season winds down; Blue Jays major league coach John Schneider on Rowdy Tellez's mindset at the plate, what pitchers need to do to impress when called up the majors in the age of the home run, Bo Bichette's impressive defence, and whether Danny Jansen can be an impact bat; on T. J. Zeuch pitching behind an opener in his major league debut.

Duration:00:44:15

Sept. 2: Recapping Justin Verlander's putching clinic at Rogers Centre

9/2/2019
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Roger Lajoie hosting: Josh Goldberg joins him in-studio and they recap Justin Verlander's no-hitter in the Blue Jays vs. Astros series finale, whether teams are too cautious with pitchers now, and why hitters are swinging for home runs.

Duration:00:20:59