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Jays-Guardians Preview with Shi Davidi & Tom Hamilton
August 12 2022
Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi joins Blair and Barker to discuss some Blue Jays topics including his latest column on John Schneider, George Springer’s troublesome elbow, and Yusei Kikuchi’s role going forward with the ball club (03:44). Later on, Tom Hamilton, the voice of The Guardians, previews this weekend's series from a Cleveland perspective and touches on the job Terry Francona has done as Manager, reliever James Karinchak not making the trip, Steven Kwan’s standout season, and Mississauga’s Josh Naylor working his way back from injury (28:43). 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
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The Mayor Returns to Blair & Barker
August 12 2022
Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker open the show with their thoughts on the Field of Dreams game between the Cubs and Reds last night, before turning their attention to the Blue Jays and their weekend series against the Guardians; mainly who will follow José Berríos in the starting rotation. MLB Network analyst and host of “The Mayor’s Office” Sean Casey talks about his experience in Iowa at the Field of Dreams, Bo Bichette’s approach at the plate, and who he thinks is most likely to make the postseason in the AL Central (31:11). 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
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Have Your Say on the Blue Jays
August 11 2022
Jeff and Kevin open up the phone lines on the Blue Jays’ off-day as listeners weigh-in with their confidence level in the team after a pair of losses to Baltimore. The guys take calls on a variety of Blue Jays topics including: the competition in the American League for wild card spots, Alejandro Kirk, and if Yusei Kikuchi should be a mainstay in the bullpen (04:59). Later on, MLB on TBS analyst Jeff Francoeur discusses the Red Sox' problems with their pitching staff, if the Braves have a legitimate shot to repeat as champions, how the Mets continue to impress, and Austin Riley and Dansby Swanson taking over as leaders from the Freddie Freeman era in Atlanta (30:08). In “Barker’s Back Leg Bits”, Jeff and Kevin solicit questions and determine which game José Berríos should start in a potential wild card series (42:32). 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.
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The Future of the Blue Jays Payroll
August 11 2022
After the Blue Jays and Orioles got rained out, Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker agree that Toronto will have their hands full with the Cleveland Guardians this weekend. The guys talk about the delay that caused José Berríos to make his next start at home and the makeup of the Blue Jays’ starting rotation with Ross Stripling making a rehab start on Friday with the Buffalo Bisons. MLB insider Jeff “Jeffy” Passan shares how the Juan Soto trade came to be, which teams were involved in those talks, and reflects on Soto betting on himself by turning down the Nationals' contract offer. Later, the trio discuss the contract statuses of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette and if the Blue Jays can afford to sign them both to long-term extensions (27:10) 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.
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