PODCAST

Blair & Barker

Sportsnet

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker talk all things Blue Jays and MLB. Airing live on Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet 360 weekdays from 10am-12pm ET during the baseball season.

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Next Steps for Nate Pearson
3d ago
Next Steps for Nate Pearson
MLB insider Jeff Passan takes a trip around the Majors with the guys as they discuss if the Yankees are peaking too early, Aaron Judge’s arbitration case, the Brewers and Cardinals vying for top spot in the NL central, and if the Blue Jays absolutely need to acquire a starting pitcher this season (04:30). In the latest edition of ‘Barker’s Back Leg Bits’, the guys answer questions on if Alejandro Kirk and Alek Manoah should both start the All-Star Game, Nate Pearson’s setback at Triple-A Buffalo, and the availability of Rockies reliever Daniel Bard (29:45). 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.
Next Steps for Nate Pearson
3d ago
Next Steps for Nate Pearson
MLB insider Jeff Passan takes a trip around the Majors with the guys as they discuss if the Yankees are peaking too early, Aaron Judge’s arbitration case, the Brewers and Cardinals vying for top spot in the NL central, and if the Blue Jays absolutely need to acquire a starting pitcher this season (04:30). In the latest edition of ‘Barker’s Back Leg Bits’, the guys answer questions on if Alejandro Kirk and Alek Manoah should both start the All-Star Game, Nate Pearson’s setback at Triple-A Buffalo, and the availability of Rockies reliever Daniel Bard (29:45). 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.
The Boys are Back!
3d ago
The Boys are Back!
After a few days off, Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker return to address the Blue Jays' performance on the road against the White Sox and the team currently leading the league in ejections. Brewers play-by-play voice Brian Anderson talks about his history with Barker, previews the weekend series between Milwaukee and Toronto, and discusses the quality arms they have in the starting rotation (Corbin Burnes) and the back end of their bullpen (Devin Williams and Josh Hader) (30:27). 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.
The Yankees Come to Town!
17-06-2022
The Yankees Come to Town!
Longtime Yankees reporter and author of ‘The Franchise: New York Yankees – A Curated History of the Bronx Bombers” discusses the Yankees season to date and their historic win-pace, Aaron Judge’s MVP-type performance, the Yankees shopping list at the deadline, and how their needs are similar to the Blue Jays’ (4:30). Sportsnet’s Caleb Joseph tries to make sense of Kevin Gausman’s recent struggles (26:22). To end the show, Jeff and Kevin discuss just how close Justin Verlander was to signing with Toronto in the offseason along with an abbreviated version of “Barker’s Back Leg Bits” (42:10). 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.
Gausman Gets Hit As O’s Earn a Split
17-06-2022
Gausman Gets Hit As O’s Earn a Split
Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap the Blue Jays 10-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles which saw them split the four-game series. The guys discuss the tough loss, particularly what they saw out of Kevin Gausman on the hill. Later on, they open up the phone lines as Toronto prepares for an important three-game set against the MLB-leading New York Yankees (28:25). 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.
Vlad Jr. Walks Off The Orioles
16-06-2022
Vlad Jr. Walks Off The Orioles
Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker start off looking back on the Blue Jays' 7-6 win over the Orioles in extra innings. They discuss Brandon Hyde’s decision to pitch to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the 10th inning with a base open, Toronto’s bullpen giving up the lead, and if a trade for “swing and miss stuff” in the backend of the bullpen could happen before the deadline. Jonathan Mayo of MLB Pipeline gives the lowdown on the top prospects in the MLB Draft as they have arrived at Petco Park in San Diego for the 2022 Draft Combine. They guys then ask who might interest the Blue Jays at pick #23 (28:01)? 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.
How to Bolster a Bullpen with Shulman & Passan
16-06-2022
How to Bolster a Bullpen with Shulman & Passan
Dan Shulman comments on the Blue Jays' recent play including Yusei Kikuchi searching for confidence with his fastball, if Toronto needs to roster three catchers when Danny Jansen returns, and if 3B Matt Chapman has turned the corner offensively (02:36). Later on, MLB insider Jeff Passan discusses the trade market for relief pitching, the Yankees’ daunting lead in the AL East, if he expects teams could sell ahead of August 2nd , and what the strategy is for under-achieving yet talented teams like the Phillies and White Sox (32:16). 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.
Deadline Needs with Tim Kurkjian
15-06-2022
Deadline Needs with Tim Kurkjian
ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian discusses the Blue Jays’ needs at the trade deadline, if he thinks there will be any early activity on the trade market before August 2nd, and the state of the Orioles' ownership and their rebuilding roster (03:12). If the Blue Jays trade for a starter, could Yusei Kikuchi be moved to the bullpen for the postseason? We answer that and more in the latest edition of Barker’s Back Leg Bits (29:51)! 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.
Ryu’s Season is Over & Orioles Skipper Brandon Hyde
15-06-2022
Ryu’s Season is Over & Orioles Skipper Brandon Hyde
Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap the Blue Jays’ 6-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles – notably the performance of starter Yusei Kikuchi who struggled through four innings. The guys also delve into Hyun-Jin Ryu’s injury status as he is slated to miss the remainder of the 2022 season, and discuss how the Blue Jays will replace those innings. Orioles Manager Brandon Hyde joins the show in he midst of the O’s-Jays series to comment on his young roster, Adley Rutschman breaking into the big leagues, and the importance of having a strong bullpen with an inexperienced roster (23:41). 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.
Ross Stripling and Rickey
14-06-2022
Ross Stripling and Rickey
Blue Jays starter Ross Stripling joins the show to discuss the team’s recent success, the personality of the pitching staff, how he’s changed as a pitcher, and his impressive last few starts in the rotation (01:17). Next up, Author of “Rickey: The Life and Legend of an American Original” Howard Bryant discusses the life and Hall of Fame career of lead-off hitter and speedster Rickey Henderson (26:57). To wrap up, Blair and Barker answer your questions on a quick edition of "Barker's Back Leg Bits" (45:05)! 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.
Manoah Keeps Mowing ‘Em Down
14-06-2022
Manoah Keeps Mowing ‘Em Down
Jeff Blair & Kevin Barker recap the Blue Jays’ 11-1 blowout win over the Baltimore Orioles on a night where Alek Manoah improved to 8-1 on the season. The guys focus on the teamwide offensive output, the pickoff play the Jays pulled off in the third inning, Manoah’s consistency and his case as the best pitcher in the American League at this point in the season. Later on, Orioles reporter for MASN Roch Kubatko shares his view on the Orioles-Blue Jays series so far and comments on the future of the team remaining in Baltimore (29:14). 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.
“He Looks Like a Catcher”
13-06-2022
“He Looks Like a Catcher”
Blue Jays play by play voice Ben Wagner discusses the Blue Jays following their road trip, notably Gabriel Moreno looking comfortable behind the plate, the club’s mindset heading into the Orioles series, and Cavan Biggio’s play since rejoining the team (06:14). In an extended edition of "Barker’s Back Leg Bits", Jeff and Kevin answer questions on if Moreno could play anywhere else besides catcher, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s spot in the batting order, and what Cavan Biggio’s role is going forward (29:35). 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.
Taking Two Against the Tigers
13-06-2022
Taking Two Against the Tigers
Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap the Toronto Blue Jays' series win over the Detroit Tigers. The guys concentrate on Gabriel Moreno making his MLB debut on Saturday and the pitching performances from the rotation, including a bounce back performance from Jose Berrios on Friday and Ross Stripling continuing to fill-in admirably for Hyun-Jin Ryu.  Afterwards, the guys examine how the Blue Jays' rivals fared over the weekend for “In The East”: Matt Carpenter’s breakout game for the Yankees, the upcoming Rays-Yankees series, the Red Sox' recent run, and the ownership situation in Baltimore (30:03) 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.
Motown's Mission with A.J. Hinch
10-06-2022
Motown's Mission with A.J. Hinch
Detroit Tigers Manager A.J. Hinch joins Blair and Barker to talk about how his Tigers are performing as they play host to the Blue Jays, his philosophy managing his mixed-bag roster with top prospects and Hall of Famers, and how external factors can affect player performance (05:52). Finally, the guys wrap up the week with today's trivia question, before answering all your questions in "Barker's Back Leg Bits" (26:07)! 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.
The Intricacies of Catching with Caleb Joseph
10-06-2022
The Intricacies of Catching with Caleb Joseph
On today’s episode of Blair and Barker, the boys start off by anticipating Gabriel Moreno's debut weekend against the Tigers. Barker then shares a story about when he got called up to the Majors, before they look into Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s struggles at the plate. Later on, former Blue Jays catcher Caleb Joseph joins the show the talk about the intricacies of the catcher position at the MLB level and what qualities he looks for in a solid backstop ahead of Moreno's debut (26:43). 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.
The All J.P. Hour: Peavy & Passan
09-06-2022
The All J.P. Hour: Peavy & Passan
2007 Cy Young Award winner & MLB Network analyst Jake Peavy comments on the Blue Jays rotation, what it can be like throwing to rookie catchers, Kevin Gausman tipping pitches, and how he views the Yankees and the other AL East competition (02:04). Later on, ESPN’s Jeff Passan shares why he believes Gabriel Moreno will hit at the MLB level, the Red Sox 7-game win-streak, the Angels 14-game losing streak, and who could replace Joe Maddon in L.A. (30:36). With their depth at the position, should the Blue Jays trade away a catcher? Blair and Barker cover it in Barker’s Back Leg Bits (45:17). 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.
Gabbing About Gabriel
09-06-2022
Gabbing About Gabriel
It’s time! The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up top prospect Gabriel Moreno and he is expected to join the club for the upcoming series against the Detroit Tigers. Jeff and Kevin discuss the organization’s decision, the timing of the move and Yusei Kikuchi failing to get out of the first inning in Toronto’s 8-4 loss to the Royals Wednesday afternoon. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi discusses Moreno getting the call, how often he’ll be behind the plate, and why he thinks Toronto made the move (23:57). 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.
Shaikin Things Up in L.A.
08-06-2022
Shaikin Things Up in L.A.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times joins to talk about the Angels' firing Manager Joe Maddon after a twelve-game losing streak, and if the change was initiated GM Perry Minasian or Owner Arte Moreno (02:52). Following the conversation, Blair and Barker wonder where Maddon could wind up next and which teams would make sense if he’d like to continue managing. Royals pre and post-game analyst and former closer Jeff Montgomery discusses his impressions of today's starter Brady Singer, his similarities to Alek Manoah, and the Royals’ challenging season to date (28:17). For "Barker’s Back Leg Bits", the guys mention who they would like to see represent the Blue Jays at the 2022 All-Star Game (39:24). 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.
Is it Gabriel Moreno’s time?
08-06-2022
Is it Gabriel Moreno’s time?
Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker touch on another blowout win for the Blue Jays over the Royals, led by Alejandro Kirk's offensive outburst with four hits! Should Gabriel Moreno be called up from AAA Buffalo with fellow catcher Danny Jansen hitting the IL? The guys pose this question to Sportsnet’s Dan Shulman who also discussed Alejandro Kirk’s emergence, how Jansen might have avoided a longer-term injury, and Kevin Gausman not getting swings and misses with his splitter during his last start (17:27). 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.
Rex and The Mets
07-06-2022
Rex and The Mets
Kansas City Royals TV analyst & friend of the show Rex Hudler shares his view on the Blue Jays and Royals series so far, rookie phenom Bobby Witt Jr, and outfielder Andrew Benintendi’s availability before the deadline (06:28). No deGrom, no Scherzer, no problem for the New York Mets. SNY analyst Jerry Blevins discusses New York leading the National League, Buck Showalter pushing the right buttons as manager, and the improved defence behind the pitching staff (26:24). To wrap up, Kevin recalls his encounters with the media as a player on today's "Barker's Back Leg Bits" (40:50). 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.
Weather Delays Don’t Phase the Jays
07-06-2022
Weather Delays Don’t Phase the Jays
Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap the Blue Jays' 8-0 win over the Kansas City Royals in the opening game of the series. The guys focus in on Ross Stripling’s quality start, the Jays' bats getting to KC's starter Daniel Lynch, and the team’s ability to stay ready for the game after its start was delayed. MLB Network insider Jon Morosi examines the market for relief pitching, if the Blue Jays or another contending team should have interest in FA Trevor Rosenthal, and the cost for Toronto to bolster their bullpen (30:05). 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.