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
Mark Shapiro Joins Blair & Barker
Oct 21, 2021
Oct 21, 2021
Mark Shapiro Joins Blair & Barker

Mark Shapiro, President and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays, discusses his thoughts on next season and the potential for full capacity at Rogers Centre, the off-season plans for the Blue Jays and how he hopes to improve the ballclub, the negotiation process with the Jays' pending free agents, the future of third base, the competition in the AL East and the potential in the Jays' minor league system (2:19). To wrap, Jeff and Kevin take your calls on the state of the Blue Jays and the pace of play in this year’s postseason games (32:57).

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.

Oct 21, 2021
Dodgers, Bo Sox on the Brink of Elimination

The Astros and Braves both won big on Wednesday night and now have Boston and the World Champion Dodgers facing elimination. Jeff and Kevin examine the NLCS particularly Julio Urias’ performance in Game 4 and the Dodgers not having a set starter and using their bullpen in a must-win Game 5 (1:37). Later, they transition to the ALCS to discuss Alex Cora’s use of Chris Sale and how the Astros back-to-back wins in games 4 & 5 were that much more impressive coming on the road at Fenway Park (12:00). Finally, World Series champion and Astros TV analyst Geoff Blum comments on Houston’s hot-hitting roster, the importance of Yuli Gurriel to the lineup, and Framber Valdez’ start in Game 5 (33:45).

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.

Oct 20, 2021
Chipper Jones Breaks Down Braves-Dodgers

Blair & Barker lookahead briefly to the MLB offseason, the market for shortstops and the main thing that separates Marcus Semien from other top targets like Corey Seager and Carlos Correa: health (1:20). Later in the hour, 2018 Hall of Fame Inductee and Atlanta Braves coach Chipper Jones talks about his role working with Atlanta’s hitters, the Braves' 6-5 loss to the Dodgers in Game 3, the issues that come with utilizing a bullpen game mid-series, fellow third baseman Austin Riley’s breakout season, and how he expects the Braves to improve going forward after Ronald Acuna Jr. and Mike Soroka return from injury (24:55).
  

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.

Oct 20, 2021
Sean Casey Talks ALCS / NLCS

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap Game 4 of the ALCS where the Astros’ bats came alive for a 9-2 win to tie the series at 2-2 (1:20). Jeff and Kevin break down Nathan Eovaldi’s pitch to pinch hitter Jason Castro that was called a ball before the go-ahead base hit, umpire Laz Diaz’s strike zone, Zack Greinke’s shaky start, and the impressive performance from Houston’s bullpen (14:25). “The Mayor” Sean Casey joins the show to reminisce with the guys about their first cars before sharing his thoughts on Cody Bellinger coming alive after his tough regular season, players choking up on the bat more in the postseason, who should start at catcher in Game 5 for the Astros, and electronic strike zones (29:31).

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.

Oct 19, 2021
AL & NL Championship Series Breakdown

Three-time World Series champion and Astros analyst Mike Stanton discusses Houston’s 12-3 loss in Game 3 of the ALCS, what we can expect from Game 4 starter Zack Greinke, and reflects on his time pitching in the postseason over his 19-year career (2:28). MLB Network’s Dan O’Dowd reflects on today’s breaking news that manager Aaron Boone has reached an extension with the Yankees before touching on the ALCS and NLCS between the Dodgers and Braves  (27:50).

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.