Baseball Central
Baseball Central
Sportsnet
Jeff Blair and ex-MLBer Kevin Barker discuss all the news and stories on-and-off the major league and minor league diamonds.
April 20: Robbie Ray Joins The Show
We discuss the criticism surrounding the New York Yankees’ rough start, and look ahead to the Blue Jays-Red Sox series. Blue Jays SP Robbie Ray delves into his season thus far. NESN’s Tom Caron takes a look at the AL East-leading Red Sox. 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.
Apr 20
46 min
April 19: Josh Palacios Joins The Show
We discuss the New York Yankees’ early-season struggles, and the Blue Jays’ pitching in their 3-1 series loss to the Royals. Jays OF Josh Palacios discusses his time with the team thus far, adjusting to Major League pitching, and growing up practicing baseball near the site of the former Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. We move on to discuss the struggles of Toronto’s offence over the weekend. 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.
Apr 19
46 min
April 16: Fernandomania
We discuss the Blue Jays’ series-opening loss in Kansas City, including Cavan Biggio’s injury, and what to expect from Steven Matz against the Royals. The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin previews a hugely-anticipated Dodgers-Padres series, and discusses the 40th anniversary of Fernando Valenzuela’s rookie 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.
Apr 16
45 min
April 15: No-Hitters and Small Ball
We discuss Carlos Rodón’s no-hitter (and near-perfect game) in the White Sox’s win over Cleveland. Kansas City Royals TV analyst Rex Hudler on this weekend’s Blue Jays opposition, and the fishing in Kansas City.  We also discuss what to expect from this weekend’s series. 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.
Apr 15
45 min
April 14: More Injury Trouble for the Blue Jays
Jeff Blair & Kevin Barker begin the show reacting to the breaking news of Ross Stripling being scratched from today’s start due to right forearm tightness and Julian Merryweather hitting the IL with an oblique strain. Blair and Barker then open up the phone lines to hear from Blue Jays fans ahead of today’s game to discuss Vladimir Guerrero Jr’s defence at first base. To end the pre-game show, Ben Wagner checks-in from TD Ballpark in Dunedin with more on Merryweather’s injury and who will now close games for the Blue 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.
Apr 14
45 min
April 13: To Bunt Or Not To Bunt
We discuss the Blue Jays’ loss to the Yankees, including Robbie Ray’s season debut and whether the bottom of the order should have bunted in hopes of getting an extra run before the Yankees’ Gerrit Cole settled in.  WFAN’s Sweeny Murti discusses the Yankees’ season thus far, what to expect from tonight’s starting pitcher in Jameson Taillon, and Aaron Boone’s managerial performance. 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.
Apr 13
46 min
Apr 12: Getting Ready For The Yankees; Suzyn Waldman Joins The Show
We discuss the Blue Jays’ abridged weekend series against the Angels, and look at tonight’s lineups against the Yankees. Suzyn Waldman – legendary Yankees radio voice – discusses New York’s season thus far. Kevin breaks down Steven Matz’s performance for Toronto thus far.Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker host. 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.
Apr 12
38 min
April 9: Jays Fall In Home Opener; Angels GM Perry Minasian Joins The Show
We discuss Thursday’s Blue Jays loss to the Angels, and Danny Jansen’s early-season offensive struggles.  Los Angeles Angels GM Perry Minasian discusses his time with the team thus far, Mike Trout’s work ethic and positive influence, and the unique role of Shohei Ohtani.  We also discuss the controversial finish to Thursday’s Mets-Marlins game, and the MLB investigation of baseballs used by the Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer. 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.
Apr 9
47 min
April 8: Injury Concerns?; Bill Ripken Joins The Show
We discuss the injury concerns surrounding Aaron Judge, and what the return to a 162-game season will mean for the health of players. MLB Network’s Bill Ripken discusses the injury concerns, the infield shift, Bo Bichette’s play at shortstop, and the hitting approach of modern players. We look in to what to expect from Ross Stripling in tonight’s Dunedin opener for the Blue 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.
Apr 8
47 min
April 7: Springer’s Setback and Atkins’ New Deal
We discuss the news of George Springer’s injury setback with SN 590’s Ben Wagner, look back at Tuesday night’s Blue Jays’ loss to the Rangers, and are joined by Writers Bloc’s Stephen Brunt to discuss GM Ross Atkins’ five-year contract extension with the Blue 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.
Apr 7
47 min
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