Baseball Central

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

Recent Episodes
July 26: Barker’s Birthday and the Bo Sox
Jul 26, 2021
Jul 26, 2021
July 26: Barker’s Birthday and the Bo Sox

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap the Blue Jays series to the New York Mets, notably yesterday’s  one-run 5-4 loss. Tampa Bay Rays reporter Marc Topkin discusses how Nelson Cruz is fitting in with the Rays after their deal with the Minnesota Twins and what else the team might be shopping for at the deadline as they battle the Boston Red Sox atop the AL East (25:36). Speaking of Boston, former AL MVP and NESN analyst Mo Vaughn joins the show to preview this week’s Blue Jays-Red Sox series (47:44).

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.

Jul 23, 2021
July 23: Reunited with Gibby!

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker examine the latest news around Major League Baseball: notably the Tampa Bay Rays trading for Nelson Cruz and Cleveland changing their name to the Guardians. Former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons discusses his experiences in the week before the trade deadline and shares his opinion on Toronto’s current squad (17:50)

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.

Jul 22, 2021
July 22: No more Buffalo for the Blue Jays

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap Toronto’s loss to the Boston Red Sox and key in on Robbie Ray’s outing, Danny Jansen’s injury opening up the door for Alejandro Kirk, and Jordan Romano being used in the 8th inning. New York Mets Bench Coach (and home run derby pitcher extraordinaire!)  Dave Jauss previews the upcoming series between Toronto and New York and discusses Jacob deGrom’s dominance on the mound this 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.

Jul 21, 2021
July 21: Ross Atkins Speaks & Walk Off Wednesday!

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker react to Ross Atkins’ comments suggesting that the team is concentrating on run prevention at the deadline and that Nate Pearson is an option for the team’s bullpen going forward. Then it’s time for Walk Off Wednesday: Jeff and Kevin take calls and texts on what the Blue Jays could do at the deadline, Pearson in the bullpen, Giancarlo Stanton’s struggles in NY, and Nelson Cruz as a trade candidate.

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.

Jul 20, 2021
July 20: A Loss to Forget vs. Boston

Jeff & Kevin recap the Blue Jays' 13-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox and discuss Ross Stripling’s post-game comments that summed up his thoughts regarding moving around between different homes this season. The duo look ahead to tonight’s game: What the Blue Jays can expect from Garrett Richards and Thomas Hatch being thrust into a start after Alek Manoah’s injury.

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.