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
Sept. 17: Justin Morneau, Cliff Floyd, and Jays Pitching Plans
Sep 17, 2021
Sep 17, 2021
Sept. 17: Justin Morneau, Cliff Floyd, and Jays Pitching Plans

Jeff and Kevin share their thoughts on the Blue Jays’ pitching plans for the final two weeks of the regular season and where things stand with the Red Sox and Yankees heading into the weekend. Justin Morneau, former MLB first baseman, current Twins analyst, and contributor to Blue Jays Central, joins the show to discuss the Twins’ long-term outlook and Jose Berrios’ consistent presence on the mound (21:10). Cliff Floyd, former MLB outfielder and current MLB Network analyst, weighs in on the Yankees’ flaws and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s maturation at the plate (48:54). Ben Wagner checks in from Rogers Centre to chat about the Buffalo Bisons clinching their first division title since 2005, Hyun-Jin Ryu’s recent struggles, and George Springer’s continued progress since coming off the IL (1:08:14).

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.

Sep 16, 2021
Sept. 16: Eric Karros, Jeff Passan, and Ray’s Cy Young Chase

Jeff and Kevin break down Robbie Ray’s seven-inning performance against the Rays on Wednesday and discuss how the Blue Jays can line up their starting rotation ahead of a potential playoff appearance. Minnesota Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey joins the show to chat about his team’s struggles this season, early returns on Austin Martin after being acquired from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline, and Jose Berrios’ impact on Toronto’s playoff push (21:11). ESPN MLB Insider Jeff Passan stops by to chat about Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s MVP case and the potential of MLB adopting expanded playoffs under their next CBA (45:44). Eric Karros, former MLB first baseman and current FOX analyst, chimes in on Ray’s emergence as a Cy Young contender this year, Vlad Jr.’s dynamic offensive prowess, and the Dodgers-Giants battle in the NL West (1:07:56). 

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.

Sep 15, 2021
Sept. 15: Tim Kurkjian, Doug Waechter, & Vlad Jr.’s MVP case

It’s Walk Off Wednesday! Jeff and Kevin discuss the Blue Jays’ 2-0 loss to the Rays on Tuesday and Jose Berrios’ strong outing before exiting with abdominal tightness. Doug Waechter, former MLB pitcher and current Rays analyst, joins the guys to discuss Drew Rasmussen’s emergence for Tampa and the veteran leadership provided by Mike Zunino behind the plate (17:47). ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian stops by to chat about the Rays’ unique formula for sustained success, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s MVP case, and the Cy Young battle between Robbie Ray and Gerrit Cole (50:03). The guys also take your calls and texts throughout the show!

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.

Sep 14, 2021
Sept. 14: Danny Jansen, Jim Duquette, and mighty Manoah

Jeff and Kevin share their thoughts on Alek Manoah’s dominant outing against the Rays and Breyvic Valera’s three-hit effort in Monday’s 8-1 win. Joe Siddall, former MLB catcher and current Blue Jays Central analyst, joins the guys to discuss the team’s recent offensive surge, Manoah’s increased slider usage on Monday, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s MVP chances (21:42). Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen stops by to chat about his success since returning from the IL and his experience catching Hyun-Jin Ryu (34:18). Jim Duquette, former MLB GM and current MLB Network Radio analyst, weighs in on Vlad Jr.’s pursuit of the triple crown, the potential market for Robbie Ray this off-season, and what Teosar Hernandez’s next contract might look like (46:35). Ben Wagner checks in from Rogers Centre to discuss Jose Berrios’ recent success and Bo Bichette’s aggressive approach at the plate (1:06:52). 

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

Sep 13, 2021
Sept. 13: Jays Offensive Outburst, Rays Come to Town

Jeff and Kevin discuss the Blue Jays’ offensive explosion against the Orioles over the weekend and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s continued assault on the MLB record books. Brian Anderson, former MLB pitcher and current Rays colour analyst, weighs in on Tampa’s success this season, Nelson Cruz’s impact since being acquired ahead of the trade deadline, and Wander Franco’s standout rookie campaign (21:58). Later, the guys share their thoughts on the Robbie Ray-Brandon Hyde altercation on Friday, Charlie Montoyo’s muted response to the incident, and Danny Jansen’s offensive ceiling. Ben Wagner checks in from Rogers Centre to chat about the importance of this week’s series against the Rays, George Springer’s improved health, Hyun-Jin Ryu’s struggles this season, and Ryan Borucki’s return to the big leagues (1:03:26). 

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.