Blair & Barker

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker talk all things Blue Jays and MLB. Airing live on Sportsnet 590 The FAN weekdays from 5pm-7pm ET during the baseball season and 10am-12pm ET during the offseason.

Recent Episodes
Nov 16, 2021
Emergency Pod: Breaking Down the Berríos Extension

A solo Jeff Blair weighs in on the news that the Blue Jays and José Berríos have come to an agreement on a reported seven-year, $131M extension (0:34). Jeff chats about Berríos' durability, the significance of the extension, why he thinks the Jays will look to make another major pitching addition, the effects of the deal both on and off the field for Toronto, where the team is at after the signing, and the Jays' intention of putting together a pitching core to match its position player core (4:46).  

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 affiliate.

Nov 7, 2021
Blair & Barker’s Offseason Deep Dive

With the 2021 postseason completed and the Atlanta Braves crowned World Series champions, the focus now shifts to Major League Baseball’s offseason. Jeff and Kevin are joined by Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi (1:38) and go in-depth on the Toronto Blue Jays: who is more likely to re-sign: Robbie Ray or Marcus Semien, if any of the prospects in the organization are viewed as “untouchable”, Steven Matz, potential trade candidates to balance the team’s lineup, the bullpen, and how to use Nate Pearson going forward. Later, Jeff and Kevin discuss what they enjoy most about the sport and the young stars and personalities in MLB, before being joined by Maury Brown (1:12:10) of Forbes. Maury, Jeff, and Kevin talk about the current financial health of the sport amidst the pandemic, the landscape of the labour negotiations between the league and MLBPA, if a resolution can be found quickly, and how an unknown CBA impacts different tiers of players.

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 affiliate.

Nov 5, 2021
Jays Wants, Needs & Desires

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker open this edition of the show by answering your calls and hearing your wants, needs, and desires for the 2022 Blue Jays (00:51). Soon after, Jays' Assistant Director of Player Development Joe Sclafani speaks about Gabriel Moreno's development in the Jays' prospect system, and touches on the impact of the 2020 minor league shutdown (04:17). Then, Blair & Barker head back to the phone lines to listen to some final calls before saying farewell for the off-season (16:52).

Nov 5, 2021
What Can Baseball Learn From the 2021 Braves?

It's the final edition of Blair and Barker before the guys take a well-deserved winter break (stay tuned for weekly pods!). The guys open the show by discussing the Jays' offseason and what the organization's priorities should be (7:37). Then they take some calls from listeners regarding Jays' offseason wants, needs, and desires (22:46). Next, Jeff Passan stops by to chat about what teams can learn from the 2021 Braves, Joc Pederson sending Harry Styles a jersey and note after the singer predicted Atlanta would win the World Series, and Marcus Semien and Robbie Ray (34:41).

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Nov 4, 2021
An Important Conversation with Gabe Kapler

Scott Crawford, Director of Operations at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, discusses this year’s induction class (9:29). Then, San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler discusses the work he is doing with his ‘Pipeline for Change’ Foundation where he has been an advocate for hiring practices to evolve in baseball so that front offices can become more inclusive and improving mental health for players and employees around the game (29:06). Later, Kapler touches on Buster Posey’s career, the World Series and Dusty Baker as a communicator and the Giants’ exceptional 2021 season (38:00).   

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 affiliate.