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Pitch Talks is an interactive speaker series where some of the brightest and creative minds in the baseball media gather to create an informed and entertaining conversation about all aspects of the game.

Pitch Talks is an interactive speaker series where some of the brightest and creative minds in the baseball media gather to create an informed and entertaining conversation about all aspects of the game.
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Toronto, ON

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Pitch Talks is an interactive speaker series where some of the brightest and creative minds in the baseball media gather to create an informed and entertaining conversation about all aspects of the game.

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@pitchtalks

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English


Episodes

Episode 25: Is There an Argument for a Vlad Debut in 2018?

6/14/2018
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The Blue Jays will almost certainly finish no higher than third in the AL East, and they're likely to end the season without Josh Donaldson and J.A. Happ, among others. Could the promotion of Vlad Guerrero Jr. make the season worthwhile? Meg Rowley, managing editor of the Hardball Times, joins the program.

Duration:00:26:23

Episode 24: The Jays Are Quickly Becoming Sellers

6/2/2018
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The combination of a 3-10 run and a division featuring two super teams has conspired to give the Blue Jays, whose postseason odds have declined dramatically, an uphill battle to contention. Travis Sawchik of FanGraphs discusses the timetable not only for possible deadline deals but also a Toronto rebuild.

Duration:00:29:16

Episode 23: What the Hell, Cavan Biggio?

5/15/2018
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The New Hampshire Fisher Cats feature two of the top-10 prospects in baseball, Bo Bichette and Vlad Guerrero Jr. Teammate Cavan Biggio, meanwhile, has hit more homers than the two of them combined. FanGraphs' lead prospect analyst, Eric Longenhagen, helps to separate the noise of Biggio's breakout from the signal.

Duration:00:32:31

Episode 22: The Jays Are Adding Spin Like Few Other Clubs

5/10/2018
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Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer recently implied on Twitter that Astros pitchers might be utilizing pine tar or other such substances to increase their spin rates. Whatever the cause, Houston's newest additions have, objectively, showed improvement in this area. The Toronto Blue Jays are close by, though. FanGraphs' Travis Sawchik has all or most of the answers.

Duration:00:27:43

Episode 21: The Frustrating Talent of Randal Grichuk

4/25/2018
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Despite plenty of swing and miss in his game, outfielder Randal Grichuk has parlayed his considerable physical tools into above-average seasons in the past. Why isn't it working for the Jays? FanGraphs' Craig Edwards, who covered Grichuk for years with Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos, attempts to answer that difficult question.

Duration:00:29:38

Episode 20: Aledmys Diaz, Yangervis Solarte, and Creating Value Beyond the Tools

4/18/2018
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Despite having never appeared at the top of prospect lists, infielders Aledmys Diaz and Yangervis Solarte have nevertheless parlayed their modest tools into wins on the field. FanGraphs' lead prospect analyst, Eric Longenhagen, discusses what allows them to extract value from their talent.

Duration:00:32:02

Pitch Talks Live with Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro (part 2)

4/9/2018
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Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro joins Laura Armstrong at the April 5th Pitch Talks Live held at the Royal Cinema (part 2)

Duration:00:35:10

Pitch Talks Live with Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro (part 1)

4/9/2018
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Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro joins Laura Armstrong at the April 5th Pitch Talks Live held at the Royal Cinema

Duration:00:21:10

Pitch Talks Live Panel "Analytics, Biomechanics, and Drummers with Pivot Tables" with Carson Cistulli, Mike Sonne, and Nick Dika

4/9/2018
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Pitch Talks Live Panel "Analytics, Biomechanics, and Drummers with Pivot Tables" with Carson Cistulli, Mike Sonne, and Nick Dika Live from the April 5th Pitch Talks Event at The Royal Cinema

Duration:00:33:26

Pitch Talks Blue Jays Podcast, Episode 19: The Projections and the Predictions

4/2/2018
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FanGraphs' projections call for the Blue Jays to take one of the American League's Wild Card spots. FanGraphs' writers and readers don't do that. What's the explanation for the disparity? Meg Rowley helps explain.

Duration:00:30:28

Pitch Talks Blue Jays Podcast, Episode 18: The Opening Day Episode

3/29/2018
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Opening Day est arrivé! On this edition of the program, Travis Sawchik of FanGraphs discusses two notable interviews he's conducted -- first with Justin Smoak regarding the foundations of his 2017 breakout and, second, with Toronto native Joey Votto about postponing age-related decline.

Duration:00:26:34

Pitch Talks Blue Jays Podcast, Episode 17: An Overview of the Farm System

3/12/2018
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Kiley McDaniel, recently of the Atlanta Braves and currently of FanGraphs, appears on this edition of the program to discuss the top prospects in the Blue Jays system, including (but not limited to) Bo Bichette, Vlad Guerrero, and Danny Jansen.

Duration:00:36:39

Pitch Talks Blue Jays Podcast, Episode 16: The Blue Jays' Sneaky-Good Offseason

3/6/2018
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The Pitch Talks Blue Jays Podcast returns for the 2018 season. In this episode, FanGraphs' Carson Cistulli and Travis Sawchik discuss not only the awkward place along the win curve in which Toronto found itself entering the offseason but how well the front office did to acquire useful pieces without mortgaging the future.

Duration:00:32:08

Day Games with Dr. Mike Sonne - Episode 8: Ben Hansen

8/30/2017
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Ben Hansen is the vice-president and Chief Technology officer at Motus Global Company. Motus is a biomechanics company focusing on injury prevention and performance analysis. Ben speaks to Day Games about the recently developed Motus Baseball System – a wearable sleeve technology that aims to reduce pitcher injuries and improve hitter’s effectiveness. As of spring 2016, the playing rules committee approved Motus’ wearable sleeve technology for use in major league games. Mike Sonne speaks to...

Duration:00:22:26

Day Games with Dr. Mike Sonne - Episode 7: Andrew Stoakley

8/23/2017
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Andrew Stoakley is a Production Sound Mixer that works delivering live in-game audio for Toronto Blue Jays’ television broadcasts. Andrew speaks to host Mike Sonne, about his journey from radio host to audio mixer; and what kind of work it takes to make sure everyone watching at home hears everything they need to hear while eliminating some of the more colorful audio that is reserved for more mature audiences. Day Games also learns about what makes mixing audio for live sporting events more...

Duration:00:34:03

Day Games with Dr. Mike Sonne - Episode 6: Ashley Stephenson

8/16/2017
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Ashley Stephenson has been a member of the Canadian Women’s National Baseball team since 2004, primarily at third base. Ashley spoke to Mike Sonne about her time playing women’s baseball on the highest stage in the world and takes Day Games through the ins and outs of women’s baseball. As the popularity of women’s baseball continues to grow, Ashley also explains how she fits her training and baseball prep into a busy schedule.

Duration:00:28:04

Pitch Talks Brooklyn - Effectively Wild Live Podcast - August 7th 2017

8/10/2017
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From The Bell House in Brooklyn The Fangraphs Effectively Wild Podcast with Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan and Fernando Perez!

Duration:01:04:51

Pitch Talks Brooklyn - August 7th 2017

8/10/2017
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Pitch Talks in Brooklyn at The Bell House with Hannah Keyser, Lindsey Adler, Tom Ley, Anthony Dicomo and Jay Jaffe!

Duration:01:12:14

Day Games with Dr. Mike Sonne - Episode 5: Eno Sarris

8/9/2017
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This week, Mike Sonne speaks to Eno Sarris, one of the baseball world’s busiest men. In addition to his writing for one of baseball’s biggest analytics websites - FanGraphs, and role (at the time) as editor in chief for RotoGraphs, Eno finds time to manage BeerGraphs - an analytics website for beer, and launch a new beer related venture called “October”. Eno is one of the few who marries pure statistical analysis with traditional baseball player interviews, and provides Day Games with...

Duration:00:31:42

Day Games with Dr. Mike Sonne - Episode 4: Sam Bat Bat Manufacturers

8/2/2017
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Sam Bats are not only one of the most popular bat manufacturers in professional baseball, but were the pioneers of crafting bats out of maple wood. Day Game’s speaks to Sam Bat’s President, Arlene Anderson, and Director of Pro Production, Alfred Mione about the different challenges and requests that come with making bats for everyone from sluggers like Barry Bonds to MLB pitchers like David Price. Host, Mike Sonne was also curious about how bat makers themselves feel about the growing trend...

Duration:00:26:56