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
June 14: Jays Bats Come Alive at Fenway
Jun 14, 2021
Jun 14, 2021
June 14: Jays Bats Come Alive at Fenway

Jeff & Kevin react to the Blue Jays’ wrap-around series with the Boston Red Sox that concludes tonight at Fenway Park, notably the offensive explosion from the lineup in Sunday’s 18-4 win. The pair also touch on the recent performance of the Jays’ bullpen and Charlie Montoyo making the best of a bad situation with its numerous injuries. Finally, they look ahead to tonight’s series finale with Boston and what they’re expecting from Alek Manoah on the mound.

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.

Jun 11, 2021
June 11: Riley Adams Joins the Show

Jeff & Kevin examine the Blue Jays' series loss to the Chicago White Sox, Hyun-Jin Ryu’s performance in the finale, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s success at the plate at home (in minor-league stadiums) & the difference on the road. Blue Jays prospect Riley Adams talks about the advice he received for catching Hyun-Jin Ryu, the learning curve for a catcher making the leap from the minors to majors, what part of his offensive game he's working on, and how his practise of martial arts helps him on the field.

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.

Jun 10, 2021
June 10: Austin Martin & Alek Manoah’s Bounceback

Jeff & Kevin recap the Blue Jays’ 6-2 win over the Chicago White Sox and discuss Alek Manoah’s start and his approach staring down hitters on the mound. Austin Martin talks about his experience as part of the Jays' organisation this year vs. 2020, what aspect of his game he conscientiously worked on, the biggest adjustment when moving from 3rd base to shortstop, switching from an aluminum bat to a wooden one, if there's a particular player he would like to model his game after, and the camaraderie on his squad.

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.

Jun 9, 2021
June 9: MLB’s Sticky Situation

Jeff & Kevin examine what went wrong in the Toronto Blue Jays' 6-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox in the first of their three-game set. The pair point to Trent Thornton’s performance in the eighth inning, the Blue Jays’ offence going dry in support of Robbie Ray, and Marcus Semien getting picked off with Teoscar Hernandez at the plate. The guys then share their thoughts on the increased spin-rate and doctoring of baseballs in the game, and discuss Josh Donaldson’s comments calling-out Gerrit Cole for cheating as the two get ready to square off in the Twins-Yankees series. To end the show, Jeff & Kevin open up the phone lines for Walk Off Wednesday!

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.

Jun 8, 2021
June 8: Beckham Talks Before Jays-White Sox

Jeff & Kevin look ahead to the Blue Jays' series against the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox, and examine the impressive seasons so far from Lance Lynn & Liam Hendriks; two pitchers that the Jays had interest in. Former Chicago infielder and NBC Sports analyst Gordon Beckham talks about whether the White Sox are where he thought they would be at this point of the season, Carlos Rodón's impressive outings, how Liam Hendriks has fit in, the job done by Tony La Russa, and how to pitch to the 5'7" Nick Madrigal.

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.