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
May 18: Mo Vaughn Breaks Down the Red Sox
May 18, 2021
May 18, 2021
May 18: Mo Vaughn Breaks Down the Red Sox

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker look ahead to Toronto’s series against the Red Sox, discuss Xander Bogaerts’ place amongst the best shortstops in the game, and what Blue Jays hitters should be looking for against Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez. NESN analyst and 1995 American League MVP, Mo Vaughn, provides his thoughts on Bogaerts, J. D. Martinez's bounce-back season, manager Alex Cora, and the Blue Jays' young core. After the break, Jeff and Kevin touch on the increase of players getting hit by pitches in the wake of Mets’ outfielder Kevin Pillar getting struck in the face in his at-bat.

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.

May 17, 2021
May 17: Taking Two of Three Against Philly

Jeff & Kevin discuss Toronto’s success in interleague play this season coming off of another series win against the Philadelphia Phillies. Sportsnet’s Ben Wagner checks-in from Florida where he reports on Ryan Borucki’s status and talks about the current components of the Blue Jays' bullpen, Robbie Ray, and Bo Bichette’s improved defence at shortstop. The duo close out the show with their thoughts on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. & Jordan Romano, and look ahead to Toronto’s next series vs. the Red Sox. 

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.

May 14, 2021
May 14: Tyler Chatwood & the Blue Jays Bullpen

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker look ahead to the Blue Jays' next series against the Philadelphia Phillies, with Steven Matz taking the mound in the opener for Toronto. Tyler Chatwood joins the show to discuss moving to the other side of the rubber, making the adjustment from starter to reliever, and the bullpen’s successful season to date. Jeff and Kevin react to the breaking news that Nate Pearson will miss his next start with the Bisons due to a mild shoulder impingement.

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.

May 12, 2021
May 12: Walk Off Wednesday with Tom Glavine

Jeff and Kevin talk about Robbie Ray’s impressive performance in last night’s 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves, and his season-to-date, before taking calls from listeners on Nate Pearson’s demotion to Triple-A. Hall of Fame pitcher and Braves analyst Tom Glavine shares his point-of-view on how to handle pitching prospects when bringing them up to the big leagues, the Blue Jays’ potential this season, and how much Atlanta is missing Mike Soroka in their rotation.

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.

May 11, 2021
May 11: Blue Jays-Braves with Alex Anthopoulos

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker open the show discussing if Alek Manoah should be promoted sooner rather than later, and preview the Blue Jays' series against the Atlanta Braves - where Toronto’s pitchers will be hitting due to the National League ballpark. Braves General Manager Alex Anthopoulos catches up with Jeff and Kevin ahead of tonight’s game to talk about the previous series between the two teams, Freddie Freeman’s season-to-date, soft tissue injuries across the league, and the decision to acquire Pablo Sandoval.

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.