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Jeff Blair and ex-MLBer Kevin Barker discuss all the news and stories on-and-off the major league and minor league diamonds.

Jeff Blair and ex-MLBer Kevin Barker discuss all the news and stories on-and-off the major league and minor league diamonds.
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Jeff Blair and ex-MLBer Kevin Barker discuss all the news and stories on-and-off the major league and minor league diamonds.






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July 15: Taylor Cole on a special win in honour of Tyler Skaggs

Scott MacArthur and Kevin Barker host: Teeing off the show the guys discuss the special night that was after the LA Angels were able to win their first home game since the passing of starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs; Angels pitcher Taylor Cole, who opened the game that night, provides some insight on that game, and how special it truly was; Don Cherry calls into the show to give a comparison of Bobby Orr to Mike Trout; The guys touch on some current Blue Jays' news to close out the show.


July 12: Looking ahead to MLB's second half

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker re-visit their pre-season predictions, discuss the Blue Jays' second half schedule, and weigh-in on what they expect to see across the league.


July 11: Tough fixes ahead for Rob Manfred

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss the state of the AL East, and what to expect from the second half of the season; Deadspin's Ray Ratto on his latest piece on Rob Manfred, where the game is at now, the lack of fun in the game, and the hard conversations the commissioner will have to have in the off-season; Buffalo Bisons PXP voice Pat Malacaro on Bo Bichette, Ryan Borucki's rehab start tonight, and which under the radar player may make the majors.


July 10: The physics of the 2019 MLB baseball

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap the All-Star Game, and discuss what they saw from the game that they would like to see more of, what can be done to better market star players, and how the game is sold; Meredith Wills, Astrophysicist and Sports Data Product Specialist for SportsMEDIA Technology, on how baseballs used this year are different than ones used previously; on how hard it is to compare eras and how analytics help.


July 9: Vlad Jr. the star at the MLB HR Derby

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap the Home Run Derby; Blue Jays coach John Schneider on what it was like to pitch to Vlad Guerrero Jr. in the Home Run Derby, how sore his arm is, Vlad Jr.'s poise under pressure and incredible performance, and whether this will be a springboard for the young player in to the second half of the season; on how great of an experience the Derby can be for Vlad Jr. going forward; on Justin Verlander's comments about "juiced" baseballs, Rob Manfred's response to...


July 8: MLB hits the All-Star Break

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss the Blue Jays' first half performances, including Danny Jansen's play, what improvements they want to see from Vlad Guerrero Jr. Marcus Stroman's strong season and what would happen if the team were to trade him, and Teoscar Hernandez's struggles; your calls on the season thus far and what you're looking forward to in the second half of the season.


July 5: A mound visit with Blue Jays prospect Nate Pearson

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss the Blue Jays' loss to the Red Sox, what Aaron Sanchez needs to show tonight, the upcoming All-Star festivities, and Danny Jansen's hot streak; New Hampshire Fisher Cats pitcher Nate Pearson on participating in the All-Star Futures Game, which players he looks up to, his delivery, his relationship with his pitching coach, and when he hopes to make it to the big leagues; on what speed makes a fastball 'serious.'


July 4: Weighing in on the state of the Blue Jays' rotation

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker on Jacob Waguespack's outing, what Thomas Pannone can be, the bullpen, and whether the team needs to cool it with the post-win celebrations;'s Shi Davidi on Aaron Sanchez's future with the Jays, the team's international signings, and Marcus Stroman's peck issue; on what they want to see from the team as the season continues on.


July 3: Lobbing a few questions at the Blue Jays' bench coach

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap last night's Blue Jays loss, Trent Thornton's efforts last night including whether the pitcher was tipping pitches, and how Danny Jansen has looked so far this season; Blue Jays bench coach Dave Hudgens on how the team has changed these past few weeks, the young players on the squad, Cavan Biggio's impressive start to his MLB career, Aaron Sanchez's struggles, Jansen's play so far, and whether there are any concerns with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. being in the...


July 2: Blue Jays are getting to be watchable

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss how the Blue Jays have become a better team to watch recently, Cavan Biggio's impact on the club and whether his approach at the plate is contagious, his versatility, and why it may be in the Blue Jays' best interests to hang onto Marcus Stroman for the remainder of the season; 98.5 The Sports Hub's Tony Massarotti discusses the Red Sox's less than stellar bullpen and their underachieving ways, what the conversation in Boston would be like if the Rays...


June 28: Charlie Montoyo joins the show

Jeff & Kevin discuss if the Blue Jays are a better team now than a few months ago; Royals TV analyst Rex Hudler on his night at the Lionel Richie concert Thursday, and Kansas City's rebuilding season ahead of this weekend's series against the Blue Jays; Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo on the team's recent promising play.


June 27: Blue Jays at the halfway point

Jeff, Kevin, and the listeners discuss their thoughts on the Blue Jays' season after 81 games.


June 26: Youth Movement

Jeff & Kevin discuss the Yankees being successful despite having a terrible OPS against lefties, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. competing in the home run derby, and how Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is doing in left field; YES Network Yankees Analyst Jack Curry discusses what his co-author David Cone would be as a Major League pitcher if he was in his prime today, and the Yankees' season-to-date (and possible interest in Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman).


June 25: What's up with Aaron Sanchez?

George Rusic and Kevin Barker host: We discuss Aaron Sanchez's recent struggles, and what the Blue Jays could potentially do with him; Sports Illustrated's Jon Tayler on Marcus Stroman's potential fit with the Yankees, and on the mess that is the New York Mets.


June 24: Stroman vs. Eckersley

Jeff and Kevin discuss Dennis Eckersley's reaction to Marcus Stroman's demeanour on the mound, and just how good Stroman is playing this season; WFAN's Sweeny Murti on the Yankees' success this season, and if Stroman (if acquired via trade) could push the Yankees to win the World Series; Who should the Jays be fielding on defence?


June 21: A Kawhi Leonard sighting!

Jeff & Kevin discuss Kawhi Leonard's appearance at Blue Jays-Angels, Billy McKinney's walk-off home run, and Ken Giles' return and future with the Blue Jays; Sportsnet/ESPN's Dan Shulman on the Jays' recent stretch, and we work in some basketball talk on the NBA Draft and Kawhi Leonard.


June 20: Mike Trout and Max Scherzer just keep on impressing

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss Aaron Sanchez's struggles against the Angels, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s defensive future, and Mike Trout's greatness; Washington Post columnist Barry Svrluga on Max Scherzer's incredible outing with a broken nose, and what needs to happen for the Nationals to trade the pitcher.


June 19: Checking in on the Blue Jays' farm

Jeff & Kevin discuss Marcus Stroman's post-game remarks about the possibility of being traded by the Blue Jays; Blue Jays Director of Player Development Gil Kim on the team's prospects; We check in on the Buffalo Bisons with manager Bobby Meacham.


June 18: We're back!

Baseball Central returns to the airwaves, and Jeff Blair & Kevin Barker catch up on what they missed with the Blue Jays over their hiatus; We also check in with the fans to see how they've reacted to the team's last few weeks.


May 28: Fingernail avulsion?!

Jeff & Kevin discuss the latest on Aaron Sanchez's fingernail injury, and what this latest health issue means for the pitcher; remembering the career of the late Bill Buckner; A look around MLB.