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ATW Episode 124: The Cold Stove

11/30/2018
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Greg and Josh discuss recent news in Blue Jays land. They discuss the 40-man roster additions ahead of the Rule 5 draft, coaching staff changes, Russell Martin trade rumours, the upcoming tender deadline, and the Blue Jays' recently announced promotional schedule. They also answer a couple of listener questions, give out a Do Over to the MLBPA, and give a Gold Star to a recent MLB player.

Duration:00:44:23

ATW Episode 123: No More Diaz Days

11/18/2018
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Greg and Josh break down the news from the early parts of the offseason. They discuss the trade of Aledmys Diaz for Trent Thornthon, the Blue Jays' 40-man decisions and what some of them could mean for future choices, the changes to the coaching staff, and the new TV deal between Fox Sports and MLB. Finally, they answer listener questions, induct a former player into the Gold Star Hall of Fame, and decline to give a third chance to an ESPN personality.

Duration:00:50:03

ATW Episode 122: Charlie's Blue Jays

10/30/2018
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Greg and Josh discuss the end of the World Series and Steve Pearce's heroics, the Blue Jays hiring of manager, Charlie Montoyo, and what he could bring to the table, Ross Atkins' comments about offseason direction and Statcast data use, the Arizona Fall League, Justin Smoak's Gold Glove nomination, and the Mets hiring Brodie Van Wagenen as their new general manager. Finally, they give out a trio of Do Over and answer listener questions.

Duration:00:50:01

ATW Episode 121: That's a Wrap!

10/17/2018
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Greg, Josh, and Nick wrap up the season by pick winners in multiple categories including biggest surprise, most surreal moment, rock bottom point, favourite players to watch, best walk up song, and many more. They also give out award for best/worst hitter, best/worst pitcher, team MVP, and the Do Over of the year. A huge thanks to all the listeners for sticking it out with us during this dreadful season. We really appreciate it!

Duration:00:55:43

ATW Episode 120: A Farewell to this Mötley Crüe

10/4/2018
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Greg and Josh say goodbye to a disappointing Jays season with a look back at the news from the end of the season and the press conferences that followed. They discuss John Gibbons' departure and what type of manager the Jays are apparently looking at going forward, Aaron Sanchez' diagnosis, Ken Giles' "perfect" season, the team's depth in position players and how that will be used in the offseason, how the position players can be upgraded simply with improved defence, the 40-man roster...

Duration:00:44:50

ATW Episode 119: Let Chaos Reign!

9/26/2018
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Jay Jaffe of Fangraphs stops by to discuss Team Entropy and the chances for chaos as the rest of the MLB slate unfolds. He takes a specific look at the very tightly-packed National League which currently has five teams battling for three playoff spots. Greg and Josh also discuss the injuries to Aaron Sanchez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Roberto Osuna's return to Toronto, continued solid performances from Thomas Pannone and Ryan Borucki, some rookie success, Aledmys Diaz looking like a useful...

Duration:00:51:29

ATW Episode 118: The Kids Are Alright

9/18/2018
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Greg and Josh go over the noteworthy stories from the last week. They discuss the latest good start for Aaron Sanchez and the encouraging signs for the future, the good starts from Sean Reid-Foley and Tom Pannone in New York, Randal Grichuk's quietly very solid season, Teoscar Hernández' continued fielding struggles, the massive roster for the team right now that doesn't include Dalton Pompey, and the return of "100 Miles Giles." They also answer listener questions and give out a Do-Over to...

Duration:00:46:35

ATW Episode 117: Let's Get Rowdy

9/11/2018
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Greg, Josh, and Nick take a look at the last week and a half of the Blue Jays season. They discuss the Josh Donaldson trade in depth, including looking at the legality of it, the emotional reaction, and the quality of the return: Julian "PTBNL" Merryweather. They also discuss the Curtis Granderson trade, Rowdy Tellez' incredible debut run, playing time and outlook for other Jays callups, a mini-debate about calling up Vlad Jr., a look at John Gibbons' future, and the lack of useful...

Duration:00:54:29

ATW Episode 116: More Morales Mashing

8/31/2018
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Greg and Josh discuss the latest news in Blue Jays land including just missing Jose Bautista with the Phillies, Kendrys Morales' incredible run, Aaron Sanchez' return struggles, Arizona Fall League assignments, and Josh Donaldson's confusing rehab stint. They also play Swing and a Drive and answer listener questions.

Duration:00:51:56

ATW Episode 115: The Orioles Are Here to Help

8/24/2018
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Greg and Josh discuss the latest Blue Jays News and Notes. They go over Thomas Pannone's sparkling first MLB start and some of the things that stood out about it, Aaron Sanchez' return and Marcus Stroman's injury, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. coming back to chase history, Kendrys Morales' solid numbers, and the competitive balance of the AL East and the rest of baseball. Finally, they answer listener questions, decline to give out a Do Over, and talk about the relationship between David Price and the...

Duration:00:56:00

ATW Episode 114: The Future is Now

8/18/2018
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Greg and Josh take a look at the debuts of Sean Reid-Foley and Danny Jansen and what they showed they can bring the table going forward, discuss Aaron Sanchez' return and what his rest of season performance means for the future of the roster, Curtis Granderson's waiver clearance, Josh Donaldson's qualifying offer situation, and the latest news on John Gibbons' future. They also answer listener questions and give a Do Over to Keith Hernandez.

Duration:00:47:00

ATW Episode 113: Borucki and Stuff That's Yucky

8/9/2018
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Greg and Josh discuss Ryan Borucki's excellent start to his career including his unusual stuff and homer-suppressing ways, the lack of starting pitching depth and the oddness is creates, Kevin Pillar's superhuman recovery, Lourdes Gurriel's pending return and what it means for the infield, Ryan Tepera and Tyler Clippard turning into pumpkins, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s early impact in Buffalo. Finally they answer listener questions and give a do over to Jayson Werth.

Duration:00:44:37

ATW Episode 112: A Minor(s) Boost

8/2/2018
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Jeffrey Paternostro of Baseball Prospectus stops by to give his reports on all eight prospects the Blue Jays picked up in July trades, with in depth discussion on Forrest Wall, Hector Perez, Felipe Paulino, and Billy McKinney. Greg and Josh also discuss the Osuna deal from the major league perspective, including the disingenuous comments from Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and the acquisition of Ken Giles. They also talk about the Axford/Loup deals and what the five recent trades have done to roster,...

Duration:00:58:11

ATW Episode 111: Oh, what Happ-y Trades!

7/27/2018
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Greg and Josh break down the latest salvos in the Blue Jays trade deadline saga. They discuss the returns for Seunghwan Oh and J.A. Happ, what the deals mean for the club now and in the future, and what they could suggest about other upcoming trades. They also talk about Lourdes Gurriel's impressive hit streak and what he could be in the future, and the Jays returning to their sweep-get swept ways. Finally they answer a lot of listener questions brought upon by the trades.

Duration:00:50:02

ATW Episode 110: Phase 2 - Begin!

7/20/2018
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Greg, Josh, and Nick look at the state of the Blue Jays as the second half begins play. They discuss Marcus Stroman's rant, Kevin Pillar's injury and the impact on the roster going forward, Marco Estrada's potential return to the trade market, Justin Smoak putting together another very solid season, J.A. Happ's All-Star game weirdness, the Manny Machado/Brad Hand deals and what they mean for the Jays, and a look at some bullpen arms who could see some post-deadline opportunities. Finally,...

Duration:00:51:11

ATW Episode 109: The Right STUFF

7/12/2018
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Mike Sonne of The Athletic stops by to discuss the Blue Jays pitchers. He breaks down the Stuff reports for trade candidates, J.A. Happ, John Axford, Seung-hwan Oh, and Tyler Clippard as well as starters Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman, before also discussing how John Gibbon's bullpen usage has affected the Fatigue Unit scores of the key relievers. Finally, Dr. Sonne goes in depth on the Blue Jays bucking the league-wide trend of throwing more breaking balls. Greg and Josh also discuss...

Duration:01:02:49

ATW Episode 108: Bubble Wrap, Please!

7/6/2018
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Greg and Josh dissect the Pearce trade and its future implications, then discuss Marco Estrada's injury and the impact on his value, Jose Bautista's return to Toronto, Roberto Osuna coming back as the closer and the team's handling of that issue, Kevin Pillar's incredible catch, Ryan Borucki's outlier dominance, and Marcus Stroman's issue with his pitch usage. Finally, they give out a Do Over and answer listener questions.

Duration:00:52:23

ATW Episode 107: Falling Off the Trading Block

6/28/2018
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Greg and Josh go over the last week of news and games. They discuss the differences in Marcus Stroman's approach from his return, Ryan Borucki's solid debut outing, Josh Donaldson's crushing injury setback, Kevin Pillar's continued struggles, a magical night for Randal Grichuk, Roberto Osuna's suspension coming down, and the increasing trade stock of J.A. Happ, Seung-hwan Oh, and Marco Estrada. Finally, they answer listener questions, give out a Cliché of the Week, and play Stump the Josh.

Duration:00:51:28

ATW Episode 106: The Pod That's In The Jackpot

6/21/2018
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Greg, Josh, and Nick break down the latest Blue Jays news and games. They discuss the potential for trades coming from this roster as the team approached the deadline, the recent strong performance of Marco Estrada, Randal Grichuk's improved play since returning from the DL, potential roster logjams created by the returns of Steve Pearce and Marcus Stroman, and what the Jays will do with their catcher situation with the strong play in Buffalo of Danny Jansen. They finish by answering...

Duration:00:50:11

ATW Episode 105: Ups and Downs

6/14/2018
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Greg and Josh go over a week with nice highs and unpleasant lows. They discuss the very strong performance of the rotation the last two times through with specific looks at the success of J.A. Happ and Marco Estrada, the return of Randal Grichuk and its impact on Teoscar Hernández and the outfield as a whole, Solarte and Diaz struggling to fill in for Donaldson and Tulowitzki, the team's issues at the five run plateau and what it means for the likelihood of a sell off. Finally, they answer...

Duration:00:47:58