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Blair & Barker

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker talk all things Blue Jays and MLB. Airing live on Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet 360 weekdays from 11am-12pm ET during the baseball season.

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Mattingly Musings Before the Winter Meetings

Don Mattingly has been hired as the new bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays. Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker share their thoughts on “Donnie Baseball” joining John Schneider’s staff before inviting former Marlins President David Samson on the show to discuss his experience working with Mattingly when he hired him to be Miami’s manager. Jeff, Kevin, and David also look ahead to next week’s Winter Meetings in San Diego; particularly the top-tier shortstops available in free agency. 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.

29mins

1 Dec 2022

Rank #1

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Emergency Teoscar Hernández Trade Podcast

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker are back to breakdown the Teoscar Hernández trade news! Are you surprised that Teoscar was the first domino to fall? What did the Jays acquire? And is this move setting up another? Seattle Times reporter Ryan Divish joins the guys to talk about what the Jays acquired and how people in Seattle are feeling following the news (13:30). Finally they preview their offseason schedule and look ahead to what's next! 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.

26mins

16 Nov 2022

Rank #2

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Blair & Barker’s Offseason Primer

With the World Series in the rear-view mirror, Blair and Barker turn their attention towards the offseason. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi joins the show from the GM Meetings in Las Vegas with a focus on the Toronto Blue Jays: their wants and needs and how active they will be to improve the roster (10:46). Afterwards, MLB insider Jeff Passan discusses Shohei Ohtani’s potential availability, what teams would have to give up for someone of his calibre, and the star players available in free agency including Aaron Judge and Jacob deGrom (36:04). 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.

50mins

8 Nov 2022

Rank #3

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Dusty Baker: World Series-Winning Manager

The Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in six games to become the 2022 World Series champions; earning Dusty Baker his first championship as a manager! The guys examine the series-clinching game, notably Rob Thomson’s decision to bring in José Alvarado to face Yordan Álvarez and Jeremy Peña's MVP honours, before discussing how closer Edwin Díaz’s new $102M five-year pact with the Mets can impact the free-agent market for relief pitchers. Throughout the show, Jeff and Kevin ask their listeners if this championship changes the way the Astros organization is viewed after the 2017 cheating scandal; and if Houston can be considered a dynasty with their two titles and consistent success. 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.

49mins

7 Nov 2022

Rank #4

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Will Dusty Earn His Ring This Weekend?

Justin Verlander picked up his first career World Series win as the Astros took Game 5 by a score of 3-2, and now lead the series by that same margin. Jeff and Kevin recap the game and discuss if it will be finally be manager Dusty Baker’s time to win the championship that has alluded him to this point in his career. 2008 World Series Champion pitcher Jamie Moyer shares his thoughts on the Astros-Phillies, Houston’s Game 6 starter Framber Valdez, and the anxiety and excitement that permeates through the dugout during high-pressure postseason moments (27:42). 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.

49mins

4 Nov 2022

Rank #5

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2008 Phillies Comparisons & Postseason No-Nos with Charlie Manuel

History was made in Game 4 of the World Series as Cristian Javier and the Astros' bullpen combined to no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies in a 5-0 win to even up the series. Charlie Manuel, manager of the 2008 World Series-winning Phillies, reflects on the series so far, compares the 2008 World Champions to the 2022 squad, and goes down memory lane when he had a firsthand seat to MLB’s last postseason no-hitter: Roy Halladay’s gem in 2010 (15:12). MLB insider Jeff Passan joins the show from Philadelphia to discuss to tonight’s pivotal Game 5, the decision-making from Dusty Baker and Rob Thomson through four games, and how the Astros’ players involved in the 2017 cheating scandal are perceived today (30:29). 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.

49mins

3 Nov 2022

Rank #6

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Vladdy’s Gold Glove & The Brad Lidge World Series

Jeff Blair & Kevin Barker recap Philadelphia’s convincing 7-0 win in Game 3 of the World Series and look into whether or not Lance McCullers Jr. was tipping his pitches during his outing; before discussing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. winning the AL Gold Glove at first base. Former Astros and Phillies closer Brad Lidge reflects on the World Series between his former clubs; notably the atmosphere at Citizens Bank Park, how he would pitch to Bryce Harper amidst his historic postseason, and who is more trustworthy in the World Series going forward: Justin Verlander or Zack Wheeler (27:23). To end the show, Jeff and Kevin discuss Charlie Montoyo’s future, with reports suggesting that the former Blue Jays manager will be named the Chicago White Sox’s bench coach (47:59). 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.

48mins

2 Nov 2022

Rank #7

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Astros or Phillies: Who Needs Game 3 More?

There was no Halloween baseball as rain postponed Game 3 of the World Series in Philadelphia. Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss why the rain delay could provide Philadelphia's bullpen with an advantage, Albert Pujols officially announcing his retirement, and the task ahead for new White Sox Manager Pedro Grifol. The guys welcome Dan Shulman to the show from the "City of Brotherly Love" to preview Game 3, and focuses in on Jeremy Peña's postseason emergence for Houston and Zack Wheeler’s status for the rest of the series (25:28). To end the show, Jeff and Kevin ask each other which team tonight’s game is more of a must-win for (45:51). 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.

49mins

1 Nov 2022

Rank #8

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All Tied Up & Headed to Philly

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker react to the weekend that was in the World Series as the Phillies and Astros split the first two games. Jeff and Kevin discuss the decisions by managers Dusty Baker and Rob Thomson, particularly the wild Game 1 with Philadelphia prevailing in extra innings. Astros analyst and World Series champion Geoff Blum joins the guys with his thoughts on the series so far, notably if Justin Verlander can be trusted going forward after another sub-par World Series outing on Friday (28:21). 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.

49mins

31 Oct 2022

Rank #9

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It’s Time for the World Series!

It’s finally time for the World Series to begin between the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros! Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker welcome former Phillies player, manager, and coach Larry Bowa to the show to share his thoughts on Philadelphia’s journey to the World Series, Bryce Harper’s performance to this point, and the intimidation factor playing at Citizens Bank Park (08:40). NY Times baseball columnist Tyler Kepner discusses his new book The Grandest Stage on the history of the World Series ahead of this year’s fall classic (26:48). 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.

50mins

28 Oct 2022

Rank #10