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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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Sportsnet's MLB insider Shi Davidi (3:33) joins Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker to share how the Jays are approaching the upcoming MLB trade deadline. He digs into pitcher/hitter markets across the majors, the Jays' trade assets and what sort of market they could generate for players on expiring contracts. Later, MLB host & analyst Ryan Spilborghs (40:26) weighs in on the Blue Jays' roster flaws, their outlook for the 2025 season and the clubhouse vibes ahead of the deadline.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.
Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss the Blue Jays losing two of three against the Tigers and the types of trades the Blue Jays could make before next week’s deadline citing how the front office has operated in years past. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi (16:31) discusses this year’s Hall of Fame class that was inducted in Cooperstown over the weekend; particularly Jim Leyland’s legacy as one of the game’s greatest managers; before discussing the deadline and if the Orioles and Tigers could match up on a deal for starting pitching. Finally, Jeff and Kevin discuss reports that Bo Bichette would 'welcome a trade.'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.
Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker are joined by former MLB executive David Samson (1:23) to review the past week of All-Star activities. He gets into the diminishing allure of the Home Run Derby, its lack of star power and whether it needs a fix. Then, getting back into the swing of the season, he shares a front office's POV of what to look for coming out of the All-Star break, his expectations for the Jays' second half and more around MLB. To close, Jeff and Kevin answer your questions on the Back Leg Line!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.
Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker return from the All-Star break ready to look ahead to the unofficial second half of the MLB season! They are joined off the top by Blue Jays manager John Schneider (4:30), who provides a few roster updates and discusses Joey Votto inching closer to his Blue Jays debut as he plays this weekend in Triple-A with the Buffalo Bisons. Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Matt Stairs (25:53) catches up with the guys to talk some hitting with Barker, this weekend’s WCBL All-Star Game and just how widespread baseball is in Canada from coast-to-coast. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blue Jays Central's Caleb Joseph joins Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker after the Blue Jays' series win in Seattle this weekend to discuss whether Springer's strong return to the lead-off spot is sustainable, Bichette's slump and the relationship between hitting coaches and players (3:32). Then, he evaluates the bullpen's series against a meagre Mariners' offence. MLB Network's Jon Morosi (30:01) looks at different teams' trade deadline plans - the Yankees' biggest needs, why the Red Sox should stand pat, how the Rangers' direction can shift the Jays' trade markets for Bo & Vlad and why the Orioles should go all-in this 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. 
Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker return from the weekend outlining the positives from the Blue Jays series win in Seattle: Yariel Rodriguez’s impressive start, George Springer continuing his hot stretch, and Alejandro Kirk looking more comfortable at the dish. With this year’s Hall of Fame inductions approaching, the guys call up The Athletic’s Jayson Stark (28:25) to talk about which current players are on a Hall of Fame trajectory, and how voters will look at members of the Houston Astros who were implicated in the organization’s cheating scandal. 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.
John Schneider joins Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker from the team’s road trip in Seattle coming off of their series loss to the Astros (1:07). The Blue Jays manager reflects on how he’s feeling personally amidst this difficult season to date, Spencer Horwitz’s swing, Davis Schneider’s approach at the plate and pitchers throwing stuff away from him, if Bo Bichette is about to turn the corner offensively, and George Springer’s recent improvement and his ability to hit velocity. The guys head into the weekend hearing from Jays fans (23:44) as they open up the Back Leg Line!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. 
Longtime MLB catcher and co-host of Foul Territory Erik Kratz (3:01) shares his thoughts on the Blue Jays, notably which players would be smart fits on certain contending teams and how he views Vladimir Guerrero Jr, before discussing this year’s Home Run Derby and Futures Game during All-Star Weekend. Blue Jays play by play voice Dan Shulman (29:59) checks-in from Seattle ahead of the Mariners series to discuss Toronto’s most recent homestand and the vibes surrounding the 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.
Former MLB executive David Samson joins Jeff Blair & Kevin Barker to share his thoughts on the Blue Jays - notably how they should handle contract discussions with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - and why it is so difficult to repeat as World Series champions, citing the Rangers as the most recent example (1:17). Former Mariners all-star and podcast host Bret Boone (27:44) previews the Blue Jays' upcoming series against Seattle, discussing Julio Rodriguez’s season to date and if the Mariners got rid of too much offence this past offseason.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.
Following the news of Jordan Romano undergoing arthroscopic surgery today for his elbow, Blue Jays radio analyst Chris Leroux joins Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker (1:35) to share a pitcher's perspective on recovering from an injuries and surgery and whether Romano stays as the team's closer when he returns. Then, former LA Dodgers pitcher & 2003 NL CY Young Award winner Éric Gagné (15:50) jumps on to chat about how he would be deployed in today's MLB, his views on the pitch clock and the biggest mental hurdles in recovering from injuries. Afterward, ESPN's Jeff Passan joins the guys (29:19) to discuss the Rays trading away right-handed pitcher Aaron Civale to the Brewers, what it says about MLB's trade market, Bo Bichette trade murmurs and possible shortstop replacements for the Jays.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.
Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker begin the show discussing Bo Bichette’s recent struggles at the dish and react to the breaking news that Jordan Romano underwent arthroscopic surgery which puts the rest of his season in question. MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis (30:00) looks ahead to the MLB draft later this month as he breaks down the top prospects and comments on the Blue Jays system.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.
IKF Hits The IL

IKF Hits The IL

2024-07-0201:40:01

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker react to Isiah Kiner-Falefa hitting the IL after missing yesterday’s game on Canada Day. Astros TV analyst Geoff Blum (27:38) comments on the Houston’s recent play and if he sees similarities between Hunter Brown and veteran ‘Stros starter Justin Verlander. Buck Martinez (1:07:36) checks-in from Rogers Centre ahead of first pitch to discuss Yariel Rodriguez’s standout start and what he expects from Jose Berrios taking the mound in Game 2 vs. Houston.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.
Jeff Blair & Kevin Barker react to the Blue Jays’ 9-2 blowout win against the Yankees where George Springer starred once again in the victory. Blue Jays manager John Schneider (25:30) discusses why he continues to believe in Springer and Ross Atkins giving him a vote of confidence when speaking yesterday. The guys empty out their voicemail in the latest edition of Friday’s Back Leg Line. MLB.com’s Yankees reporter Bryan Hoch (1:18:33) discusses the team’s recent play - notably, how Gerrit Cole has looked since his return to the rotation, Gleyber Torres’ underwhelming season, the lack of swing-and-miss stuff in their bullpen and if Luis Gil could be moved to the pen despite his success 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.
Blue Jays manager John Schneider joins Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker after a big 9-2 win to open the series against the Yankees. The skipper discusses Springer's recent hot stretch and why he always believed the veteran outfielder would find his game at the plate. Later, he weighs in on Bichette's slow return from injury in the lead-off spot, how to get Jansen back on track, Kikuchi's historic dominance over the Yankees and more. Finally, he shares his thoughts on Ross Atkins' comments yesterday.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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Ray Frumalorra

Rot in Hell Samson...

Oct 3rd
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Chris Giallonardo

What is Jeff Blair talking about!!! It may specifically be the previous day's podcast when he was going on how the Jays can't play .500 against the Jankees and make the playoffs. As of now they are 4 games over with 24 games left and the closest team is Detroit right at .500 the Jays have 10 games against NY and the other 14 against Bos, Balt, Mets and Philly. They could easily go 5&5 or worse against the Yankees and make the playoffs does Blair think they'll have a losing record against the other teams. Wish I could listen to Barker without Blair, I don't wanna just says he's too old but...

Sep 4th
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