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Greg Wisniewski, Joshua Howsam and occasional guests from around the baseball World talk about everything you want to know about the Blue Jays and noteworthy developments in the game, with a little bit of added fun.

Greg Wisniewski, Joshua Howsam and occasional guests from around the baseball World talk about everything you want to know about the Blue Jays and noteworthy developments in the game, with a little bit of added fun.

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Canada

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Greg Wisniewski, Joshua Howsam and occasional guests from around the baseball World talk about everything you want to know about the Blue Jays and noteworthy developments in the game, with a little bit of added fun.

Twitter:

@TurfPod

Language:

English


Episodes

ATW Episode 178: No Matter What Greg Says

8/1/2020
Greg and Josh discuss the latest week of news in Blue Jays land. They talk about Charlie Montoyo's confusing management decisions, the great work from the starting rotation, Teoscar Hernández' incredible start, Nate Pearson's debut and some issues with Hyun-jin Ryu's early season velocity. They also answer listener questions, give a Gold Star to David Price and discuss the messy return to play from MLB.

Duration:03:26:24

ATW Episode 177: The 30ish in 45ish

7/25/2020
Greg and Josh preview the entire 30-man Blue Jays opening day roster and the three taxi-squad members. They also give a Do-Over to Brad Ziegler and discuss the impact of the shortened season.

Duration:04:15:56

ATW Epsiode 176: Crossing Diamonds

7/16/2020
Greg and Josh discuss the latest news from Blue Jays land including Vlad Jr. moving to first base, Travis Shaw's misstep on quarantine, the surprising readiness of the rotation, the battle for the fifth starter with Chase Anderson's injury, Toronto's lack of a regular season home and what it's been like watching intrasquad games on tv. Finally they answer listener questions, give out a Gold Star and discuss the unfortunate Twitter fight between Randal Grichuk and Marcus Stroman.

Duration:03:07:49

ATW Episode 175: Mechanics Mastery

7/6/2020
Dr. Mike Sonne, Chief Scientist at ProPlay AI, stop by the podcast (25:00) to discuss his new product, PitchAI. He discusses how PitchAI can capture and break down pitching mechanics with the use of a cell phone, how he and his team came up with the idea, how Blue Jays' top prospect Nate Pearson got involved with the company, and what this could mean for the future of pitching analysis. Greg and Josh also discuss the Blue Jays "Summer Camp" training in Toronto and the hurdles still to clear...

Duration:03:31:20

ATW Episode 174: Baseball is...back?

6/28/2020
Greg, Josh and Nick discuss the pending return of baseball. They first discuss the general concept of the sport returning and the challenges that must be overcome in order for play to resume successfully before looking into the 60 game schedule and its accompanying rules affects the Blue Jays. They talk about how the team can take advantage of their pitching depth in the early going, how an out of options player like Anthony Alford could have more chances to show his worth, and how the team...

Duration:03:44:28

ATW Episode 173: The Biggest Games

5/12/2020
Greg and Josh continue their look back at Blue Jays history during the COVID-19 shutdown, this time shining the spotlight on the greatest (and a couple worst) individual game performances over the life of the franchise. They include some of the highest highs, club records, goofy moments and a couple of true disasters that people would like to forget.

Duration:04:25:28

ATW Episode 172: Breating a Cy of Relief w/ Pat Hentgen

4/14/2020
Former Blue Jays' great, Pat Hentgen, stops by to discuss his incredible 1996-1997 seasons (26:35) as part of an overall historical look back at great seasons on underperforming ballclubs. Hentgen talks about his struggles to get going in 1995, the impact of Devon White and Roberto Alomar, learning from Charlie O'Brien and Dave Stieb, the mentality that helped him win the Cy Young Award, "competing" with Roger Clemens and what lessons he took with him to the coaching ranks. Greg and Josh...

Duration:00:55:50

ATW Episode 171: An Award-Winning Podcast

4/5/2020
Throughout the shutdown of MLB caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, ATW will be doing looks back at various aspects of franchise history, from the draft to award winners and snubs to interesting pennant races and more. This week, Greg and Josh look back at the Toronto Blue Jays history with end of season awards and what they meant to the franchise and fandom at the time. They range from Alfredo Griffin's Rookie of the Year win* in 1979 to Josh Donaldson's MVP in 2015. They also look at some...

Duration:01:17:40

ATW Episode 170: Billowing Trade Winds

3/28/2020
Throughout the shutdown of MLB caused by the Covid-19 panic, ATW will be doing looks back at various aspects of franchise history, from the draft to award winners and snubs to interesting pennant races and more. This week, Greg and Josh look back at the Toronto Blue Jays' trading history. Starting with the slightly slower early era that built to a frenzy from 1990-1993, then a look at some trades that didn't exactly work out in the Blue Jays favour and finishing with a look at the deals...

Duration:01:17:26

ATW Episode 169: A Drafty Rewind

3/21/2020
Throughout the shutdown of MLB caused by the Covid-19 panic, ATW will be doing looks back at various aspects of franchise history, from big trades to award winners and snubs to interesting pennant races and more. In the first episode of the series, Greg and Josh look back the the Blue Jays' history with the draft. They discuss the early success that turned into mystifying ineptitude and its impact on the slow build of the expansion squad, some interesting "ones who got away," some picks...

Duration:00:53:52

ATW Episode 168: Don't Place Betts on Boston

3/6/2020
Matthew Kory of the Red Sox Coast to Coast Podcast stops by (19:45) to preview the Boston Red Sox for the upcoming season. He discusses the recent injury issues for Chris Sale and the effect on the Red Sox rotation, the still-solid offense and the mercurial Andrew Benintendi, the how and why of the Mookie Betts-David Price trade, the loss of Alex Cora and the pending potential discipline for sign stealing and finally, his prediction for how the season will play out in Boston. Greg and Josh...

Duration:01:01:48

ATW Episode 167: Spring Fever

2/28/2020
Greg and Josh go over the stories from the first week of spring training including Hyun-Jin Ryu's first start, Nate Pearson's powerful debut and the inability for fans to watch it, Pearson's extreme unlikelihood to make the opening day roster, Vlad's work to lift the ball more and the early results not reflecting the process, Anthony Alford's early struggles as he hopes to earn a roster spot and the minor league signing of Marc "Scrabble" Rzepczynski. Finally, they answer listener questions...

Duration:03:03:45

ATW Episode 166: A Stroke of Bad Fortune

2/14/2020
Spring Training has arrived, so Greg and Josh discuss some actual news in the World of the Blue Jays (and baseball at large). They go over the surgery undergone by top prospect Eric Pardinho and its effect on his development, the unfortunate incident involving Reese McGuire, a couple of new MiLB reliever signings, the latest in the ongoing Astros' sign-stealing saga, and Charlie Montoyo's stated early favourites in the battle for the final spot in the starting rotation. Finally, they answer...

Duration:01:10:52

ATW Episode 165: The Bus is Getting Full

2/5/2020
Greg, Josh and Nick go over some of the recent happenings in the world of the Toronto Blue Jays. They discuss the signing of Rafael Dolis and his potential role in Toronto, the very interesting roster situation that the Jays find themselves in with too many players for too few spots and what that may mean for pursuit of potential bullpen upgrades in free agency, the minor league signing of Joe Panik and finally they look at the various top 100 prospects lists that have come out recently and...

Duration:03:51:00

ATW Episode 164: Let Chaos Reign!

1/18/2020
Greg and Josh discuss a crazy week in the World of MLB that happened to coincide with a rather quiet one in Toronto. They cover what the signing of Shun Yamaguchi means for the club in terms of potential future Japanese free agents, Yamaguchi's potential role with the club, what types of moves the Jays could still be looking to make this offseason, Sean Reid-Foley remaining in the mix as a starter, Richard Urena's departure, the minor league signing of Ruben Tejada and new jerseys to be...

Duration:03:39:45

ATW Episode 163: Holiday Gifts

12/24/2019
Happy Holidays from Artificial Turf Wars! Greg, Josh and Nick break down a really busy week in Blue Jays land. They discuss the signing of Hyun-Jin Ryu and what he means to the club, how he changes the outlook of the rotation and what his signing signifies to the fan base. They also go over the signing of Travis Shaw and the role he'll play on the club, the signing of Shun Yamaguchi and where he slots in the pitching plan, and what comes next for the club. Finally, the trio answer a slew of...

Duration:00:51:42

ATW Episode 162: Hear Me Roark!

12/13/2019
Greg, Josh and Nick discuss the good and bad of the signing of Tanner Roark to a two-year, $24M deal including what would improve the outlook of the move and what would make it a waste. They also discuss the rule 5 draft and why the Jays didn't take anybody, what other known targets say about the Blue Jays' offseason strategy, and other teams targeting the Blue Jays' young catchers. Finally they answer a number of listener questions and give a second straight Do Over to the Jays' front...

Duration:03:47:37

ATW Episode 161: Free Agency Doldrums

12/6/2019
Shi Davidi (28:45) of Sportsnet stops by to discuss the Jays' apparent plans in free agency, some of the difficulties they've been facing and potential missteps, the confusing Matt Shoemaker situation, and what could happen if they miss out on Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dallas Keuchel. Greg and Josh also discuss the decisions made at the tender deadline - including cutting ties with Luke Maile, Derek Law and Jason Adam and keeping Brandon Drury, missing out on Zack Wheeler and what that could mean,...

Duration:01:04:07

ATW Episode 160: Messing with the Minors

11/22/2019
Former Vancouver Canadians general manager Jason Takefman stops by (21;10) to discuss the relationship between the parent club and its minor league affiliates, the development of local fanbases and what he thinks of the reported minor league contraction. Greg and Josh also discuss the additions of Thomas Hatch and Santiago Espinal to the 40-man roster, why others were not added, stadium renovations and some eyebrow-raising comments from Ross Atkins. They also answer listener questions,...

Duration:04:28:10

ATW Episode 159: Chase-ing Wins

11/8/2019
Greg and Josh discuss the acquisition of Chase Anderson including why the Jays might have wanted him and what they might look to do with him going forward. They also talk about the departures of Ryan Tepera and Devon Travis, Mark Shapiro's comments to the Toronto media about Gerrit Cole and free agency, Dalton Pompey and others reaching minor league free agency and Vlad Guerrero Jr. failing to finish top 3 in Rookie of the Year voting. They also answer listener questions and give out a Do...

Duration:00:56:20