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
April 14: More Injury Trouble for the Blue Jays
Apr 14, 2021
Apr 14, 2021
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 13, 2021
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 12, 2021
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 9, 2021
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 8, 2021
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.